Best quality Fly rod/Reel makers?

wchaudhrey

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Think you mentioned TFO.In my experience very good value for money and lifetime guarantee.Still have the TFO rods I bought years ago.TFO came recommended by an Australian Custom Reel Designer/Maker Terry Hayden before he actually teamed up with TFO. Couple excellent for the fish in your Avatar.Mine are quite old now by comparison to latest editions but still good to go.I came back into fly fishing mid 2000's after a long lay off due to working commitments so TFO was a good value way back in and no complaints.

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Thanks! I hope to start saltwater fly fishing soon and was eying up a TFO so its good to know theyve got a good reputation. I think going to shops and trying these rods out is gonna be the make and break for me. Its about time i made more informed choices on my tackle. Ive bought lots thats been mailed over the years that i regretted never trying or using. Ive fished for quite a while now but ive recently had the opportunity to go out and do it more and i want to get whats feels right for me. Everyone here has helped a lot thanks!
 

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To be honest i was mostly after finding someones opinions on a rod that sounds like something i would like in addition to seeing what rod/reel makers are out there that ive missed/not heard of and the whole customer service thing too. Its been an education in more ways than one loool
You might want to define quality, it can mean different things to different people, for example Tangled will assume this means expensive, and I would immediately think of something that has been driven over 4 times and still works.

I'll offer Smartwool extra heavy crew socks, the ones with the red soles, bout £20, these will dramatically increase your walking and standing comfort, and Dr Slick mitten scissors/forceps, bout £20 also, they do everything you need in one tool from taking hooks out to trimming nylon, to removing ticks and cleaning hook eyes, the quality is in the detail, they don't mention that they have magnetic tips to pick hooks out and more.
 

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Thanks! I hope to start saltwater fly fishing soon and was eying up a TFO so its good to know theyve got a good reputation. I think going to shops and trying these rods out is gonna be the make and break for me. Its about time i made more informed choices on my tackle. Ive bought lots thats been mailed over the years that i regretted never trying or using. Ive fished for quite a while now but ive recently had the opportunity to go out and do it more and i want to get whats feels right for me. Everyone here has helped a lot thanks!
You will probably have a problem handling a TFO in the UK. I have had a TFO since 2000- bought in US, but for almost all of those 20 years there has been no UK distributor or stockist. I think GAC may have stocked fhem for a few years.

You said somewhere that you hoped to learn about lesser known but quality brands. Danielson probably fits this description pretty well.
 

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You will probably have a problem handling a TFO in the UK. I have had a TFO since 2000- bought in US, but for almost all of those 20 years there has been no UK distributor or stockist. I think GAC may have stocked fhem for a few years.

You said somewhere that you hoped to learn about lesser known but quality brands. Danielson probably fits this description pretty well.
yes GAC do sell them, How do you like TFO?
 

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Hi all

I have been fly fishing for some years now and have accumulated some decent run-of-the-mill tackle that has served me well. I am looking to start buying some higher quality stuff now for use on reservoirs and streams and i wanted to know what rod/reel makers you believe to be the best or any that youve used extensively that you recommend.

I want to put together some outfits with tackle that will last me a lifetime that are built to last, have great warranties/customer support and are fantastic to use.

You can give me brand names or specific products in any price range

Many thanks
Budget and personal preferences are the main thing, then how an outfit feels to the individual- we’re all biomechanically different I used to teach to beginners, so no one outfit or technique will suit everyone, it’s what works for you.
I like US made kit and having used Hardy through one dealer for 55 years now still have affection for their kit. Try before you buy is best, if you can. I bought a Hardy Wraith 9’#5 a couple of years back and he wouldn’t take payment until I’d tried it for a week or two. Not everyone has a dealer will do this though!
 

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I bought the Lefty Kreh series back when.The TCirX in 9ft 8wt set up with a 9wt versitip for saltwater.A 9ft 6wt for both as it turned out as 6wt ideal for Bass easily handing 7wt line and shorter heads in fact most that I throw at it.Have the Double Hander/switch extension Kit which performs well on the 8wt and the 6wt when/if pressed into service.Built on Korean Rolled Blanks make no mistake theses rods are ''beasts'' in their field and great all rounders.4X4 type fly rods.Turnover is not a consideration with these rods.Probably superseded now but not sure which model stepped up.Reservoir Fishing I bought two once again my hero Lefty's signature rods from Professional series.10ft 5wt and 7wt.Both much happier with a line size up.Recent years sold the 7wt.Still have the ''6wt''. Dry fly in mind back then I bought an 8'9'' Lefty Finesse 5wt and doubt I will ever part with it unless I hand it on.It is a pretty rod and performs ''pretty'' too.Well now I have far too many fly rods but have really enjoyed most of them but these are my TFO diaries.

JP
 

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I predict a lengthy thread at the end of which the OP will be none the wiser 😜
😂 Is the op is any the wiser, have you narrowed your shortlist ?

Al
I predict a lengthy thread at the end of which the OP will be none the wiser 😜
Has anyone else noticed the software blip when replying, you can't see quotes or your own typing?

Al
 

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Yep, intermittent on iPads. Also at Salmon forum. It's a known bug in the forum software. Very annoying
 

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Ffs I can't see it again, i remember reading your problem post tangled but couldn't find it again.

I've since learnt if I don't tap the post reply box the quote or my own text is invisible.
Try quoting a reply then tap the reply box before typing?

Al
Yep, intermittent on iPads. Also at Salmon forum. It's a known bug in the forum software. Very annoying
 

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If I'm spending any reasonable amount of money on a rod, it will be custom made, if you want the best value for money I think that's the way to go.
I'm not sure how readily spares would be available though I'd need to check that out.
 

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Beyond owning and using £1000 rod, reel and line combos you might find that you realise just how egotistical lust driven by persuasive marketing gives way to the satisfaction of out performing the tackle junkies by atuning to conditions and outfishing them with inexpensive but well tuned and handled gear.
Rusty
 

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Beyond owning and using £1000 rod, reel and line combos you might find that you realise just how egotistical lust driven by persuasive marketing gives way to the satisfaction of out performing the tackle junkies by atuning to conditions and outfishing them with inexpensive but well tuned and handled gear.
Rusty
I have an agility it may not be made of high grade carbon nano tech I have a cortland reel.. They do a similar job to sage and the other big brands I'm sure I use them to put a fly in the water isn't that the aim of our beloved sport.. Don't get me wrong each and every individual has there tastes wants and needs and I'm glad we do..
 

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Beyond owning and using £1000 rod, reel and line combos you might find that you realise just how egotistical lust driven by persuasive marketing gives way to the satisfaction of out performing the tackle junkies by atuning to conditions and outfishing them with inexpensive but well tuned and handled gear.
Rusty
Beyond owning and using £1000 rod, reel and line combos you might find that you realise just how egotistical lust driven by persuasive marketing gives way to the satisfaction of out performing the tackle junkies by atuning to conditions and outfishing them with inexpensive but well tuned and handled gear.
Rusty
I buy expensive tackle as I look for quality not shite....
I choose that because I can and it’s my choice...
As with like anything quality ( if you understand line retrieval speeds whilst dry fly fishing...)
Look If your happy casting your shakey that’s great and I’m so pleased. Each to our own I say .
How the hell you well tune a fly rod is beyond me ffs !
 

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Onnylad, As with like anything quality ( if you understand line retrieval speeds whilst dry fly fishing...)

I don't understand that statement - what has tackle quality got to do with line retrieval/dry fly? Am I missing something? When you talk about quality, are you interchanging quality and cost? Two very different things.

Example - My "special" fullers earth mix is quality, yet it cost fupp all, maybe 3 pence per small container, yet lesser quality sinkants can cost much much more. Twenty five years ago when I was a skint student, my pike wire of choice (imported from the US and still the best) cost more than my pike rods, my fly leader material (maxima - £4 a spool) cost more than my mill ends (£2), my ball bearing swivels cost more (£1 each!) than my estuary sea trout lures (dexter wedge rip offs at 60p each)- that's understanding quality and cost.

I'm not a Shakey prophet (I bought an agility 2 just to see what the hype was, and I didn't like it, BUT it did surprise me what you get for the money. Back in the 90's they were the only company doing a 7' #4/5 that I could afford, it was then a specialist rod, so I bought a Skakey medalist)- I've multiple high end outfits btw.
 

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I buy expensive tackle as I look for quality not shite....
I choose that because I can and it’s my choice...
As with like anything quality ( if you understand line retrieval speeds whilst dry fly fishing...)
Look If your happy casting your shakey that’s great and I’m so pleased. Each to our own I say .
How the hell you well tune a fly rod is beyond me ffs !
It would be too easy if we all had the same taste lol plus if I spent a grand on a rod and reel I'd no longer have a wife.. I enjoy our sport and I enjoy a good friendly conversation if I was given a choice between my agility and a custom made rod.
Well if that day ever arrives I'll post a picture..if we're catching fish we are all safe and happy then that's a great day.. Stay safe
 

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