Tom, My saltwater club has done a couple of tying demonstrations and Casting For Recovery events at the Marlton store, the staff I've met struck me as knowledgeable and willing to help the customers with advice and information. The LL Bean store is more of an outdoor store that carries fly rods as far as I know they don't carry fly tying materials. The club's also done tying demonstrations there and the last one we did in the spring they had staff out in the parking lot giving folks casting lessons. I've haven't been doing much fishing because of the heat, looks like it's going to cool down next week so hopefully I'll get a chance then.
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Going to spend 500.00 on a pole. Orvis or llbean brand. Opinions pls
Posted 03 August 2017 - 02:02 PM
Posted 03 August 2017 - 06:18 PM
Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:00 AM
I love Orvis, I learned to fly fish on the river Test here in the UK with Orvis and have always used their gear, I currently have two Helios 2 rods, an 8'6" #5 and a 9'6" #6 and love them both. Personally I would not shop anywhere else.
Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:57 PM
Caught a lot of fish on both and certainly started with the pole.
Life is too serious to take it too seriously!
Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:48 AM
Thanks for the responses
Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:22 PM
Congrats and enjoy it !
John 7:38 ESV is about "Rivers of Living Water"
Posted 05 August 2017 - 05:32 PM
Posted 05 August 2017 - 05:55 PM
I searched "Pole vs. Rod" and this was the first reference that came up ...
Barbed hooks rule!
My definition of work: Doing something in which effort exceeds gain.
Ex-Marine ... quondam fidelis
Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:41 PM
Posted 06 August 2017 - 06:27 PM
With that being said, I own bamboo, fiberglass, and graphite. Everything from 2wt through 9wt and multiples of some of those. I have never spent $500 on one. Even the boo or Sage.
Just never seen the need to spend more. If I feel I may be in windy conditions I use the bamboo. Just something about the mass that helps power through the wind.
I'm in Ft. Myers FL at the moment and what I brought along is a 9wt St Croix Avid (previous generation) and an 8wt I built on a Rainshadow blank. No more then $250 for either of them.
But to each his own.
"Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary." - Patrick F. McManus
Posted 06 August 2017 - 08:52 PM
Hey SilverCreek, isn't that bamboo thing one of the early model Tenkara rods that rich folks pay several hundred dollars today?
Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:20 PM
Silver creek: Just for the record, that "pole" you have posted saved my tail end of the season when I broke my only rod. Did a fair job too.
Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:25 PM
Bottom line is you get what you pay for. Works in all aspects. Relationships flourish when nourished wood work is better with high grade tools not home owner black and Decker and so on.
Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:52 AM
I think action, length, line, leader and knowing how to cast a particular rod has more to do with it then "high end" or "low end" or how much you pay for something. All rods cast and cast well but they all cast differently and knowing how to set up and work a particular rod is what makes it castable not the price, the brand, or its top secret carbon fiber formula. softly landing a fly has everything to do with the fly, flyline, leader, and technic and next to nothing to do with the rod itself. How much you pay has nothing to do with a soft landing fly. I always say that my father was an accomplished fly fisherman and the cheapest rods made today are of a far better quality than the "high end" rods of his day.
Being a lifelong amateur woodworker I would disagree with your wood working analogy. Any monkey can cut dovetails with a jig and router or CNC machine. A true craftsman is the one who cuts them with nothing but a pencil and a cheap pull saw.