What 7/8 rod for under $500 are happiest with?

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  1. macSuibhne

    macSuibhne Member

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    I also have a 10' 8" Beulah Platinum 7wt. Switch. This is really a sweet rod. Took me some time to feel it but lined out...as Beulah and Rio suggest at 425 Skagit...it's a rocket. I had a certified Spey casting instructor remark what a great rod it was and almost everyone who casts it, loves it.

    Too bad, it's mine...mine, I tell you. My precious...:)
     
  2. Idaho steel

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    Is the $500.00 mark a budget you are on? Are you looking for the best performance/price ratio? 'Cause honestly, I think it's pretty tough to find a truly bad rod these days, and frankly, price has nothing to do with how well a rod will perform in your hands. Provided of course you have the correct line for the rod and the application you are using it for.

    Many of the best rods I own were downright cheap in the overall scheme of things. Hands down the best rod (at any price) I've ever owned is my Echo classic 8136. Followed closely by my Meisers. Lotta leeway there.

    Are you looking for something really specific? Within reason, a well designed rod ought to be able to handle most, if not all, different line types.

    In terms of new, currently available rods, you could do worse than the TFO deer creek line up. On the used market, you can find darn near anything for 500 or less if you look around a bit.
     
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    TCX 7126, the death star. Sold to finance a trip to Canada. The trip was worth it, but like an ex-girlfriend, I miss that rod bad, and and anticipate a future encounter. Smooth skagit machine; throws the chickens and the sink tips like no other; powers scandis through the wind.
     
  4. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    VXP 7133 460 afs 500gr skagit, altho, i've seen used burkies for that price.
    i'd go that route if you can be patient.
     
  5. Benni

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    I picked up a Beulah Platinum, 8124, awesome rod, very glad i bought it, and makes me want to pick up another one just in case! and comes in around the 500 $ mark. And for sub 500$, you can't go wrong with the deer creek rods.
    And the Beulah's throw a wide range of skagit lines with ease.
     
  6. Jason Chadick

    Jason Chadick A Fish, A Fish, A Fishy, Oh...

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    No love for the Echo TR? Awesome rod IMHO. Good for scandis, skagits, junk, anti-junk...seems to do it all as far as I can tell. And the butt section makes a great whop stick, for all your whoppin' needs.
     
  7. skitterbug

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    Thanks, I'll look into all those rods that have been recommended.
     
  8. Mort

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    Redington CPX 7wt. Just got one for $250 used and love it with the Airflo Rage 450 line. Might be able to find a new one on clearance for $250-300.
     
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    A good used Meiser, Anderson (aka ACR), or a Burkie.