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Going to spend 500.00 on a pole. Orvis or llbean brand. Opinions pls
Posted 01 August 2017 - 05:52 PM
Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:03 PM
For $500.00 ... have Steve build you a perfect rod.
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:26 PM
Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:45 PM
Money isn't important 8 6 or 9 0 5 at 4 pc is. Opinions pls.
I have had real issues with Orvis and the policies. I would not go with them.
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:33 PM
$500 buys you a rod -- a pole costs a lot less.
Steve can get one for that price made to your specs, personalized, and not thrown together in Asia with second line hardware, cork etc.
If bent on a brand name rod at that price you also can get top of the line products from several makers -- Reddington, LaCrosse. and TFO, for example --- that are well made of quality materials and have reliable warranties to boot. All are actually made abroad. But then so are ORVIS's and BB's.
Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:36 PM
I only build my own rods anymore but between those two brands I'd personally look to a Bean rod if I had to buy a commercially built rod...
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 08:57 PM
Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:03 PM
my 7wt ll bean will outcast my 8wt tfo. my favorite rod [ llbean ] broke the tip this spring and for 20 bucks i had a new one in a week. just purchased another ll bean rod 3weeks ago. rich
Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:05 PM
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 03:15 AM
Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:23 AM
I am told things are different your side of the big pond, but I have consistently had the worst customer service I've ever known from Orvis UK. I would now whip eyes to a branch cut from a tree, before giving Orvis UK any money.
- 19 months to replace waders, that leaked within weeks (poor design).
- Receipt for rod sent to new address... Rod sent back to old address. First tried to blame me, then the carrier. Would take no responsibility for their mistake.
- £120 vest ordered.. They sent a woman's not a man's. Missing the tab in the heamostat pocket. Would neither replace, nor provide "anti gravity" heamostats.that would stay in the pocket. I know it is only a small detail, but when you pay top price, you expect them to get it right.
I was a fan of Orvis tackle, It is generally ok. There customer service though,.. Well I will not lower myself to the four letter words needed to accurately describe it Suffice to say, I will not go near it now. ABO - Anyone but Orvis.
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:09 AM
Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:47 AM
If you fish open water then go with the 9'. Some 5 weights are almost 6 weights. LLBean is not really a big player in fly rods. Don't limit your choices to a 15 minutes drive. Read the 5-weight shootout from this year and prior years to get an idea of what criteria is used in comparing rods. Asking a bunch of guys whether you should buy an llbean or an Orvis rod is like asking us whether you should eat at McDonalds or Wendys. Like Poopdeck, I never bought an off-the-shelf, a custom or assembled a rod I didn't like.
tight lines and casting lessons are highly encouraged
Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:59 AM
Don't buy a pole! A rod is better suited for fly fishing.