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  • #5690

    Scotty MacFly
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    I have been looking at reels for sometime, and I’m not going to name brands or anything. This isn’t about that. Looking at different reels I have noticed that reels today are becoming lighter in weight. And so once again my mind got to wondering and I have to ask; if fly reels keep becoming lighter, will we need to buy a size bigger reel to help balance the rod? Then by doing that, it just wouldn’t look right. A reel for a 6wt rod just don’t look good on a 4wt rod. Too bulky I think.

    Also, are reel manufacturers focusing on making mostly large arbor reels? I understand and agree with their purpose, but a standard arbor is what my attention is on right now, and I have only found a few of them that I may be able to afford later on.

    #5691

    Grsdlnr
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    Yeah, good luck even finding a non-LA reel these days. It’s all marketing – each new generation of rod is lighter than the last and of course now you MUST buy a new uber-lightweight disc drag reel to “balance” your new lighter than air fly rod, right?

    Old coots like me have just about all the stuff we’ll ever need (save expendables like leaders, flies, waders) The large-arbor trend passed me by. I did buy a mid-arbor (a big Redington when Orvis was closing them out for like $40) planning to put it on a spey rod someday. Haven’t bought the rod, it’s only been about 10 years…maybe one day.

    Fortunately for guys like you who want one of those heavy old obsolete reels 😉 there’s e-bay and forums like Clark’s where good used stuff shows up often enough.

    #5692

    Creek
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    Yup!

    #5693

    Dark Waters
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    Some of it’s a load of bull too, can’t trust what they say it weighs.. rods or reels. All marketing.

    I’m getting to the point that if it wasn’t made in the 70’s, 60’s, or older, I’m not interested. This coming from a guy who didn’t like to EVER buy a used graphite rod.

    #5694

    Scotty MacFly
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    DW, I hear ya. Lately a lot of things I have been looking at has so much hype it makes me ask questions about it. Too good to be true syndrome. I’m not the smartest person by far, but what little intelligence I have should not be insulted, nor should anyone else’s for that matter.
    What gets me is everything rising in price, and it’s not a small amount either. There are a few new rods out this year that are over $1000. Really? Why? What makes them so great that the market has just wiped out the folks like me entirely. Naw, I can’t see spending that much on something a mid price rod will do. And the differences between a $800 rod and a $400 rod is very little. I even told my wife a while back that I will no longer buy higher end rods. They just are not worth it too me for the fishing I do. If I do buy another expensive rod again, it’ll be another bamboo.

    ” Guaranteed to help you catch more fish!” they say. My Classic Trout rod does that.

    Sorry, I’m venting. This is good therapy though. 😀

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by  Scotty MacFly.
    #5696

    Creek
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    Those who buy the latest expensive graphite rods that come out every year are either…………stupid, have too much money, or have to have the latest gear all the time to brag.

    Fishing gear companies are so obvious it’s comical.

    #5697

    Scotty MacFly
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    I think maybe over anxious, almost like a kid at Christmas. They have to have that brand spanking new shiny fly rod. I know a guy like that. He can never settle on a rod. As soon as a new rod comes out, he just has to have it. Must be a nice problem to have I guess. I would rather wait awhile and get feed back before I try the rod myself, then I can honestly judge if it’s right for me. All the hype can lead you astray.

    As for the money, I will definitely agree. I only have two rods that are high end, my Radian, but I won that in a raffle for $10, so I will never complain about that rod. And my F2 fiberglass. As for my bamboo, it cost as much as the Radian does, but as calling it high end, not in the world of bamboo. It takes me forever to save for a high end rod, and when I got close to getting the money for my F2, something always came along and took my money. Then I’m back to square one. No, I’m very happy with the lower to mid priced rods. But hey, if I was to win another high end rod, I still wouldn’t complain. I may sell it, but I wouldn’t complain.

    #5698

    Creek
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    Buying a cane or glass rod is not what i’m talking about Scotty. That’s buying classic rods that never go out of style.

    I’m talking about the graphite high end rods. Sage is a perfect example. Graphite rods are so cheap to make and look at the prices they get. Last time I looked it was $800. Probably more now. That’s ridiculous.

    #5731

    Jaybird
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    Not only are the prices insane on new graphite, but the copy in the catalogs is so ridiculous. Do guys who buy new rods really believe this BS? I recently asked Redington/Sage via email if they were coming out with new rods in the Classic Trout series, which for the money just might be the best medium action graphite rod made today. He said nothing else coming and said since I liked the Redington CT I’ll love the Mod series rods from Sage. For $850? I told him there’s no way it’s $700 better than the CT series. For that kind of money I’m buying something that will hold it’s value, like bamboo.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  Jaybird.
    #5733

    Scotty MacFly
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    I get you jbird. The Classic Trout is a rod that stands alone in my book & not just for the price. No more high end rods for me. My medium price rods work just as well for my liking. Except for bamboo. I love my bamboo & will be happy to spend the $$ for another.
    By the way guys, I did get a reel for my boo rod. Ross Gunnison 2. It’s a perfect fit and it looks gooooood.

    #5734

    Creek
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    That’s a good one Scotty.

    #5735

    Scotty MacFly
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    Thanks Creek. I really like the looks of it. Never had any quality reels before, & I always wanted a Ross. I have noticed their large arbor reels are not as large as other reel arbor from other manufactures. I also got another Ross for Christmas, the Cimmeron. Got it for my Scott rod.

    #5736

    Creek
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    Ross makes good reels. I’m pretty sure I had one of the original Gunnison reels, but I can’t remember. Man, one of these days i’m going to forget the way home.

    #5737

    Scotty MacFly
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    I know where your coming from about memory. Just don’t leave home, lol.

    Another reason I like Ross is like Scott rods, they’re made here in Colo. I like supporting the home team, especially when it’s actually home. I would like to take a tour of their plants. I would like the Ross Animos someday. I think it’s sharp looking, but it’ll be next year I think.

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