Cheap vs Expensive – How To Choose a Fly Rod

Cheap vs Expensive – How To Choose a Fly Rod

We take a look into the differences between a cheap fly rod and an expensive fly rod.
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44 Comments

  1. B K on June 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Ok – ok – okAaaayyYyyyy

  2. seb_adventures on June 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    emm umm eee um realy hard to listen to

  3. Fjellfiskeren on June 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    You are paying for versatility in the highend rods
    But cheaper rods could be better for a specific task like dryfly,streamer etc
    Its that simple
    I like to bring one rod with me therefore i willingly pay for the highend for versatility

  4. John nacho on June 18, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Redington classic trout for about 150. Rollcasts beautifully loads great and has a nice mid flex to absorb the fight and wear out any fish. I own many rods however but that’s my go to.

  5. Eric Snyder on June 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Just picked up an Orvis encounter 2 9′ 6wt combo is this a good beginner setup? Looking to fish rainbow trout and small mouth bass.

  6. flykeys on June 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    I have both cheap and expensive rods. Expensive rods (ex Sage, Scott, Winston) have perfect cosmetics, and unconditional lifetime warranty. You pay premium price for insurance in case of breakage or negligence. Cheap rods usually have very limited warranty and only covered against manufacturer’s defects. For example I broke my Hends fly rod (200 euro price, Czech brand but assembled in China, as with most cheap rods), and it is not covered. I got spare rod section for 90 euros. Not too bad. This is my "go to rod" for most fishing, which got the most abuse, I dont afraid to drop it to gravel or sand. I care of my Winston much more, but actually I got more fish (and bigger fish) on Hends.

  7. Hank Abney on June 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    sage my weapons of choice

  8. Jonathan Jones on June 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Have any of you guys seen or tried the Shakespeare agility 2 range?
    This is where the line between £40 rods and £400 rods gets blurred!
    Shakespeare now owned by hardy/grays (pure fishing) has had a major impact on them, Rod action, fittings etc etc now are so good I cant see the need of paying big bucks.

  9. evan9201 on June 18, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    I’m digging the wood grips on the custom rod. I use temple fork fly rods, good balance of price and performance.

  10. Danny Maple on June 18, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    If u had a choice would u biy a st Croix mojo bass fly rod or a 9ft 7wt Clearwater orvis rod for bass fishing

  11. Nabil Awad on June 18, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Nice comparison

  12. William Siler on June 18, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Uncle Bill
    My friend, you describe lower to upper end rods being from from $40 to $200. You mentioned Redington several times. I own several, most of which cast nice but they not high end rods. The Orvis models you mentioned were all lower to mid range rods. You presented a pretty hand made rod with a wooden grip and fancy wrap, but do not mention what blank it was built from. I own 30 fly rods, with a third being in the $750-$870 range. For the money you will get a rod of higher quality components, light weight and superior casting ability. I found this vid entertaining but you need to redefine what you are calling a high end or expensive rod.

  13. walteir de melo soares on June 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I usualy pay $20 for this rod. Its a preaty good. I sell a lot of Thor rods in Brazil. The combo i sell for about $ 130.

  14. MrAirsoft0917 on June 18, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I have a 5 weight rod is that good for bass

  15. Bob Allison on June 18, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Good review, however he could have done it in 3 minutes instead of 6:27 minutes. More knowledge on pricing and where the rods are made would have been helpful. Still not clear if the $200 Orvis Clearwater is a good rod for the money.

  16. matt aytayan on June 18, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Is it bad that i started with a $200 orvis clearwater 😂

  17. vrolsh on June 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Where did you get your hat?

  18. TheCkiser on June 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Hey mate! Any advice on buying used fly reels? Anything specific to look for as far as condition?

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  20. Preston Easley on June 18, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    I have a redington vice 9’6” 7wt ($200) with 250 grain sink tip. I put my reel wth sink tip on my buddies maxcatch extreme 9’0” 7wt (~$50) and I swear they were nearly identical. The maxcatch was just a bit slower action. And the difference in quality was negligible. I didn’t pay full retail for my vice but if I had I would be pissed, it’s a ripoff at $200. Do some research and definitely cast a rod before you buy it if you’re going to spend more than $100. And I would avoid combos like the orvis encounter, you could get a maxcatch setup for the same price or cheaper that would outperform, and neither have a warranty so who cares.

  21. Piglet Boy on June 18, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    now i dont have to spend allot

  22. Andrew Mack on June 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    I just purchased a new orvis helios..cost a fortune and I can’t honestly say that it is any better than a £300 rod. save your money

  23. zipngo1 on June 18, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I just ordered a import 10 footer. I hope it works well. It looked like yours.

  24. Jonah Ericson on June 18, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    ”thats a nice butt ”

  25. KadenPlaysVideoGames on June 18, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    the cheaper ones are gonna be lower quality because they are pumping them out faster to make more money the more expensive ones are higher quality because love and skill has been put into it dont get me wrong because this is not always true

  26. James Watson on June 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I love seeing people at the lake i fish with sage rods and g loomis rods, and cannot even use them to their full potential. then there’s me with my cheap sonik tip action rod blasting lines past em. huehuehuehue

  27. sdpy on June 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    A good idea (after you have tried flyfishing and are committed to it) is to go with a 150-200$ rod 6wt, 60-150$ reel, and appx 50$ line.

    This will last you forever and you can take it anywhere until you are comfortable with handling something a bit more expensive. In my opinion though I cant really tell the difference between a 200$ Amundson and a 900$ St. Croix aside from the sensitivity and ergonomics. Aside from that, they are all the same basic thing.

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  29. zipngo1 on June 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Do you have any videos using the 10′ 5/6. I just ordered one. Let us know how it works.

  30. Kwlong 75 on June 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    PLZZZZZZZZZZZ RESPOND!!!!!
    Does it come with a reel attached for midterm price like 70$ and if so does it have line usally
    PLZZZZZZZZZZZ RESPOND!!!!!

  31. Jeremiah Giles on June 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    My first fly rod was a cheap introductory combo for $60 at Walmart. it was a 5/6wt. My next was a cabelas 8wt outfit. My new one is a 8wt Orvis outfit that cost $300. The difference each time I upgrade is OBVIOUS

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  33. Miller Reid on June 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    That custom rod is about the ugliest rod I’ve seen in my lifetime. Might cast like a dream but wow. Ugly

  34. IG: Gasunset29 on June 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    What is a good website for ordering fly rods? Good but decent on the wallet.

  35. warrenc50 on June 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I found I fly rod for $27 and I kid you not. It can out perform a lot of the mid range from $200-$400 price range. All I fish is Orvis, Sage, Winston, Hardy, loop, Gloomis and Beulah. And a couple St Croix. So I got a lot of high end stuff.

  36. Big Papi on June 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    The cost of a fly rod ( not price) is mostly labor and overhead. Raw material is insignificant unless it’s using a very exotic fiber. For price/ quality I don’t think you can beat Echo or Redington.

  37. Matt Alisea on June 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm

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  38. dunboozin on June 18, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Greys gr70.

  39. Mike Short on June 18, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Nice fly vice!

  40. weswolf73 on June 18, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    my first fly rod was a South bend 6wt. for like $60 – $70 bucks on sale and that rod was awesome for many years! when i got a chance to buy a Sage 9 ft 3wt. for $200 when the local fly shop went out of business, OMG what a difference!!! that Sage has been my go to rod for all fresh water fish in Alaska, and i have landed them all with the exception of a King, had a couple for a second or two though 🙂 i have had a few Sages over the years up to a 9ft 7wt and oddly enough the 7wt is the only one that i have broken 🙁 and i have not payed over $300 for any of them. over all in the grander scheme of things i think in the Fly world you get what you pay for. cheaper rods can be fun and can get the job done, but there is always better… imop

  41. Justin Fulmer on June 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Do u not know how to talk, you stutter so much

  42. Fireman5443 on June 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    where did you buy the thor rod from?

  43. Cameron Line on June 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Do you suggest postfly box if I want to try bass fishing on the fly

  44. Arthur Twosheds Jackson on June 18, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Technique , knowledge and fly choice is worth 100,s if you can’t afford the high end stuff .

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