“Cult” fly rods

#1
Soo. Which ones are the ones that have reached “cult” like status. The ones that are still drooled over by us fly fishing folk. That have stood the test of time. Let’s say they had to come out at least 5yrs ago. No new guys on this list yet. Here are some that come to mind for me

Sage 389LL - the whole series has a following. But I think this one is top dog. It might be a bit heavy on swing weight. But man, I bet young bucks didn’t know that sage used to build rods that full flexed. Throw a 444 peach line and a size 20 bwo dry and be amazed. According to eBay this baby will cost $500 plus on average

Loomis GL3 9’9” 6wt - before switch rods took off. This might have been the best deschutes nymphing rod out there. Much lighter in hand then other longer rods of its time. Roll casted big nymphs like a dream. I saw these in many deschutes guide boats. Almost impossible to find

Sage XP590 - fast yet functionable. Again the whole xp series is hot. But I picked one

Winston BIIX 590 - so Winston can make a rod that’s light weight and a bit faster recovery then their rep usually is. The definition of a all round 5wt rod. I would love to know how many of these were made and sold. Because I bet it was a lot.

Redington CPS 890- So here is the deal. If you find a redington cps in 6wt or above the buy it. Period. I picked this one. I have the 10wt also. Honestly, these rods are light, and powerful. Even by today’s standard. I think you can argue that redington hasn’t built a better rod since. This rod would probably be a top 5 rod today regardless of price

Sage TCX 7119 - yeah, it’s what 7 yrs old now, 8? Skagit, Scandi, nymphing... hard to find, more expensive used then the rods that have come after. On my own list, this is the one I lust for the most.

T&T1307- a scandi specialist

Winston BIIX 1337 - in the running for most popular deschutes summer run rod.
 
#4
Winston Tom Morgan Favorite (TMF) - 8' and 8 1/2' 4 weight. Their forte is delicately casting dry flies.

Winston IM6 - 9' 5 and 6 weights. Winston tapers rolled by Gary Loomis. Great all round trout rods. Loomis IM6 fly rods during the same time have not received as much love but are hidden gems much overlooked.

Loomis IMX 9' 4 weight. Power, sensitivity and light-weight.
 
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Tinker

Active Member
#6
Soo. Which ones are the ones that have reached “cult” like status. The ones that are still drooled over by us fly fishing folk. That have stood the test of time. Let’s say they had to come out at least 5yrs ago. No new guys on this list yet. Here are some that come to mind for me

Redington CPS 890- So here is the deal. If you find a Redington CPS in 6wt or above the buy it. Period. I picked this one. I have the 10wt also. Honestly, these rods are light, and powerful. Even by today’s standard. I think you can argue that Redington hasn’t built a better rod since. This rod would probably be a top 5 rod today regardless of price
Thank you! I've been trying to find someone who'll buy my CPS 896-4 for more than a year and I wasn't asking much for it... Maybe this will help.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#10
I have a GL3 9' 5wt 2 piece rod. I wouldn't part with it for anything. One of my better rods. Casts like a dream, And will bend double on Chum. I also have a TFO Pro 9' 5wt that is a cannon. I put a 6wt line on it and could reach the other side of the Beaverhead. I know I know, I usually don't over line a rod. I usually just use what is listed on the rod. It's just that I only had a 6wt left to use.
 

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#11
I have a GL3 9' 5wt 2 piece rod. I wouldn't part with it for anything. One of my better rods. Casts like a dream, And will bend double on Chum. I also have a TFO Pro 9' 5wt that is a cannon. I put a 6wt line on it and could reach the other side of the Beaverhead. I know I know, I usually don't over line a rod. I usually just use what is listed on the rod. It's just that I only had a 6wt left to use.
Isn’t your GL3 over 9”?
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#14
Fiberglass and bamboo should never be overlooked. The affectionados of those rods will provide their recommendations...
Any model/taper of Goodwin Granger rods. True "western" bamboo rods made in Denver, the company began making them around the 1920's.

The least expensive model could be had for $10 new, or $35 for the top of the line model. You'll pay a lot more for it today although a nice condition (and still extremely capable) Victory model 8642 5wt. can be had for about $350.

And you'll always get your money back out of it because, well, Grangers have a cult following.
 

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