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Price / Value
Posted by BlueMoose on Oct 12 2004
Great post Fly Junkie,
Wiston, Thomas & Thomas, Scott, Sage, Reddington, Cortland, St. Croix, Damon, Orvis, Lamiglass,PAC BAY, Loomis, Cabela's etc... all offer products worth having. Value vs Price to include warranty is a very confusing part of the Fly Fishing world. Last night I put a Forecast Blank custom rod in the hands of a Loomis fan he had nothing, but positive comments about the rod and said it fished as well as any he has had in his hand ever. That being said the rod cost $63.00 to put together.
The best casting rod I have ever had that met my casting style " I am an old Bambo Junkie" is a Leon Chandler signature Cortland well over 20 years old slow full flex action.
Simply put there are no rods worth $900.00 for the average Fly Fishing Guru! If your guiding, or chasing World Record Fish that changes, but your average Joe Fly Guy should not get sucked into the Mass Marketing have to have Type (A) rod because Steve, uses it.
Building Rods over the past bazillion years I have notice a very disturbing trend in the Retail Market cocerning the pricing of "High End" rod manufactures. Increase / better hardware of a rod, change the color of the blank, add a couple million modules of graphite, aggressive marketing, and Jack up the Price, and offer a life time warranty.
There are few manufacture of commercial rods that reject Blanks with Flaws, Scott is one of the best at destroying flawed blanks, matching Spline, and hand turning rods. Little Heavy for my use, but still all and all a wonderful Fly Rod.
Come on the rest of you toss your two cents in and let the world know how you feel and why.
Tight Lines eh!
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