1 wt rods under $200?

David Loy

Senior Moment
#16
Fiberglass!!!!! My Cabelas 6'6" 4wt ($75) will make a 6" cutt feel like a hog. You really don't have to go to tiny graphite rods to have fun with small fish, that's where fiberglass rocks and at the same or less $. Something to think about.

IMO, line wt doesn't have as much to do with it as rod action, a full flexing or true medium action rod in a higher line wt will be more fun to fight small fish with than a med fast or fast action rod in a much lower line wt.
Listen to Mark.
Think about it. When you fish lightweight graphite rods, they beg you to throw a lot of.line. Contrary to what small is about. And, most designated line weights are off but one or so. Meaning you should throw a 3 wt line on that one or two wt rod. So, you keep looking for a lighter rod.
A 3 wt fiberglass usually throws like a 3 wt should. All the gentle finess you could ask for, and you can handle more than a fart of wind. And small fish can show off even on a 4 wt glass rod. This isn't a tough decision.
Rant over.
 

rockthief

^ me and Bridger
#17
Lucked into a Sage SLT one weight for a hundred and forty bucks several lyears ago. I have fished the heck out of that rod. Definitely one of my favorites.
Paul
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#19
... a full flexing or true medium action rod in a higher line wt will be more fun to fight small fish with than a med fast or fast action rod in a much lower line wt.
True that. But another benefit is that heavier line weights perform better in the wind. I had a 2 wt that was a hoot - until a breeze came up, then it was all but useless. 3 or 4 wt lines have a lot more mass and carry better through the wind. The 5wt and 6wt lines commonly used on bamboo rods are even better.

K
 
#22
Anybody played with the Elkhorn 2 wt?
I don't have the 2wt but have the Elkhorn 8'6" 3wt 5pc, (med fast) not a bad rod for the money but works better with a 4wt line. I think the CT is a better rod. I've had it since they first came out, in fact I've broken it twice, my fault. It used to be $30 + shipping for a new section, I think it's gone up since then, but hassle free if you do brake one.

Mark
 
#23
Check out www.rdpflyrods.com, I believe they source their own blanks and you can buy a 'stock' rod or have them customize it for an extremely reasonable price. I haven't tried them personally, just came across them searching the web for lighter weight rods one day. Now they're on my radar to try.
 
#24
I am looking to get a cheaper 1 wt rod around 7' for 200 or less. the only rod i have really seen in that price range is the TFO Lefty Kreh Finess rods. Does anyone have any experience with this rod or anything similiar?

thanks for any advice

JP, the TFO Finesse is the only rod I can think of in this price range (there aren't many 1-weights overall). I haven't cast it, but others in the Finesse series are great.

If you want to go up to a 2wt, the Redington Tempt is a great choice under $200.
 

Jpfish

Active Member
#25
Check out www.rdpflyrods.com, I believe they source their own blanks and you can buy a 'stock' rod or have them customize it for an extremely reasonable price. I haven't tried them personally, just came across them searching the web for lighter weight rods one day. Now they're on my radar to try.
Those rods look great. i think that is what im going to end up purchasing in the near future.
 
#27
please dont think i am negative, but a rod that small will kill a lot of fish if it is used improperly. if a big fish is hooked and is played for a long time the fish will swim off when released and might die from exhaustion and build up of whatever gas they get.. i personally believe a 3 weight should be the smallest but that is just me. mike w
 

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