The rest of the guides are the good flexible nickel/titanium one-foot guides with an oversize tiptop. Our deflection charts have been so popular that we are giving you more in this Shootout. $75 added shipping on One-Piece Streamer Rods $ 525.00 – $ 605.00. How a rod performs is the real meat of our Shootouts, so we double the points for these categories. The guide set up starts out with two Fuji SiC strippers, followed up with good large diameter hard chrome snake guides. Still pretty good and better than all the rest of the presentation rods. We are pleased to tell you that craftsmanship has improved steadily over the past ten years. The new NRX + rods use what Loomis calls Dynamic Recovery Technology. But it also needs to be very accurate, and delicate enough to present a fly to spooky tailing bones at 25-30 feet. Add to cart. The G Series uses spigot ferrules rather than the more standard slip over ferrule found on the Radian. Just about any rod will turn over a 9-foot leader easily. $400 puts the Crux in that mid-price category, but when comparing it heads up to the Orvis Recon, the difference was like night and day! As I mentioned before, I’ve never cast a rod that tracks as perfectly as the Asquith. Need something you don't see listed here? Performance categories – right out to 100 feet. Performance at 80 feet:   20 points out of 20. The old Sage original LL’s were terrific rods and I actually helped them re-design both the 8’9”#3 and the 9’#4 when they switched over from graphite 2 to graphite 3, many years ago. #10   Douglas SKY   9 foot #8     $695.00. The thing that grabs you is the unusual handle design and the use of angled composite cork along with the standard cork rings. The Meridian and NRX were noticeably better. Gets it done easily, with very good line control and tight loops. The best rods will throw very tight loops at this range with consistent accuracy, and will feel totally solid with the line tracking precisely. Nearly all the top rods today are using extremely good quality cork in their grips. Hand tied Bonefish Leaders  $7.95. But sometimes much longer casts are needed – right out to 100 feet. Some categories, like price, overall weight and swing weight are objective, while the other categories are subjective and represent our opinions. The worst in our Shootout. The Douglas DXF and even the inexpensive Fenwick Aetos were better. Skip Zink, one of the testers in our last 8-weight Shootout, and said, “I think this new Asquith will be tough to beat in our next 8-weight Shootout!” How true this proved to be. Home / Fly Rods / Shop By Model: Orvis Recon. I like the guide set-up, with a hook keeper above the handle, then one titanium SIC stripping guide, followed with the excellent single foot and flexible nickel/titanium guides similar to what Loomis uses on the NRX+ LP. $25 handling fee. $169.00 Quick view. All you have to do is take your new rod out of the shipping box, put your broken rod back in the shipping box, tape the pre-printed label over the old shipping label and drop it off anywhere that picks up FedEx. As Steve explained it to me, the new graphite fiber is slightly higher in modulus but has a much higher strain rating. Usually takes 1-2 weeks. Unfortunately the performance just wasn’t up to the level of the better rods. The bright metallic green blank has dark brown wraps, trimmed with some gold on the butt section. A hook keeper sits above a beautiful cork winding check and the first guide is a titanium frame SIC stripping guide. The guides start out with two large SiC stripping guides, followed up with fairly large hard chrome snake guides and an oversize tip top. Only at extreme long range did the HD feel like the best rods. The good-looking reel seat is silver anodized single up-lock design with a nylon locking ring that provided a secure lock-up. Echo Bad Ass Glass 780-4 Fly Rod : 7wt 8'0" $289.99. These nickel-silver components are simply gorgeous. Compared to lighter and more lively rods, the Inception is not a pleasant rod to cast at any distance. Sage Foundation. We were all impressed with how Orvis has improved the way this rod performs compared to the Helios 2. When I first cast the new SKY G, I was amazed at how light and responsive the new Sky G was compared to the older version. Better than the Recon and BVK at long range. It tracks beautifully and is giving me very good accuracy and feel. Are you comfortable showing up with a $200 rod when everyone else has one of those hotshot $750 to $1000 rods in their hands? Alignment dots are helpful and T&T puts the serial number on each section, which helps you to keep from mixing sections if you have multiple T&T rods of different weights. I found an orvis recon 8wt used that showed up yesterday. The Recon was better and much lighter in hand. This fall the weather was more cooperative than usual here in Montana, so we decided to do the Shootout here, rather than in Florida. We are always happy to help. Nice and light in hand but I’m not able to get as much feel or accuracy as with the Zephrus. Mid-priced rods, like the Fenwick Fenlite Streamflex at $339.95, the Beulah Guide Series II at $295.00 and the Douglas DXF at $395.00 all put in impressive performances in the Power Rods category. We have found that this is the key to getting good accuracy, especially at closer distances. Lefty Kreh helped design this rod and BVK are his initials. G. Loomis catapulted itself back into the spotlight last summer with the announcement of the Asquith, its $1,000-plus flagship series which has been showered with accolades. The heavy swing weight hurt both feel and accuracy in close. But both the BVK and Recon were noticeably better. But the price for having more power is an even heavier swing weight! Orvis Men's Ultralight Wading Boot. If you break this rod it will cost you $250-$275 to replace it since the blanks are more expensive to produce. 3. Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) – Lifetime warranty to original owner. The reel seat is a gray anodized double uplock, but with much larger locking rings than found on the BVK. Performance at 35 feet:  17 points out of 20. Combined with the new materials and resin is what Fred calls a “G ARMOR” coating. Enough power to launch it long, with the same kind of performance I was getting with the Exocett and Meridian. These Amplitude lines utilize SA’s AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability. Some of the same problems we found in the original Salt still plague the HD. The Asquith tied three other rods with the lightest swing weight we measured. The SKY G and NRX+ LP are in a totally different class. The rest of the guides are the finest, flexible, titanium Recoil single-foot guides that you will never break. For this 8-weight Shootout, we again decided to use our favorite 8-weight reel – the Nautilus G-7/8. To achieve boosted performance and feel over the old NRX series, Steve utilized new Mega Modulus+ graphite. The shocking thing to me is that the Aetos scored higher in our final results than seven rods over $300, including the Sage Salt HD at $950! When I’m nymph fishing I often switch to one of our Hot Butt Leaders that utilizes five feet of fluorescent red Amnesia for the butt section, followed with the same clear Maxima we use in our Clear Butt leaders. This one is a full wells design, but with a variety of beautiful contrasting cork rings top and bottom. Like other Mystic rods, this rod is manufactured in Korea. Nearly as good as the LP+ and SKY G. A very pleasant rod to cast, giving me smooth tight loops and excellent accuracy. Despite the lackluster performance, the Crux is a handsome rod, with good craftsmanship. G-Loomis IMX-PRO Fly Rod. Nice loops and decent performance at mid-range, but the top rods were substantially better. In the sunlight, the deep emerald green blank is stunning. More butt section power would help. For most anglers though, we feel that an 8-weight line is the one to use. 5-weight fly rods are the most popular and versatile of all fly rods for freshwater anglers. To be the overall winner, a rod must be judged on many other things too, like price, craftsmanship, warranty, overall weight and swing weight. The Paradigm is a brand new rod from T&T. The craftsmanship is excellent and as with the Zephrus, Howard Croston has given us a rod with a nice fast action that performs best at close to medium distances. Sage Salt HD   9 foot #8       $950.00. A short fighting butt is used with a fairly wide composite cork ring on the end. If you have read our Shootouts in the past you can skip this part. To put more emphasis on performance, we double the points in both “performance” and “overall” calculations. You’ll have to make that decision. In looking over the entire rod, I found no bad wraps, unsightly epoxy drips, crooked guides, or other sloppy areas. There is no question that this is a marvelous rod at short to medium distances where it took perfect scores. We tried the Helios 3D but decided that the 3F was the better rod based on how much better it was at short and mid-range distances. Only the Mystic Inception was heavier. They give you the confidence to put the fly where you want it at any distance. The blank is a deep olive green color, trimmed with slightly lighter green wraps. He and Chloe are also responsible for many of the great photographs you’ll find in our Shootouts. Right out to 80 feet I had the confidence that I could put the fly right where I wanted it almost every time. Loop uses a full wells cork handle with contrasting cork rings at top and bottom. Shimano has developed a special graphite tape, called infinity tape, which is wrapped on the mandrel on a 45-degree axis. Double up-locking rings are used in a silver color. Also in the Presentation group, the amazing Fenwick Aetos at $199.95 placed above the $800-$975 rods from Scott, Winston and Sage! Orvis Men's Ultralight Convertible Wader. In the end we liked the AWS better as it was lighter and more pleasant to cast. I’m not able to get the same tight loops or accuracy I’m getting with the Recon or BVK. If a rod looks like a million bucks and casts like it too, fly fishermen are going to lust for it. A fairly wide but short extension butt is used with composite cork on the end that matches what is used on the grip. Keep in mind that fast action rods are not necessarily stiff rods (as many people assume). For most full wells grips this will be at the midpoint in the swell, in the center of the grip. Rod must be registered within 30 days of purchase on the G. Loomis website to activate warranty .G. The handle is a full wells, but one with very little swell in the middle – somewhat like the handle design on the Sage rods. But keep in mind that the higher priced rods are usually worth it in the long run, even if you have to take some time to save up the money to buy the one you really want. Performance at 35 feet:  19.5 points out of 20. Regular price From: $495.00 Scott Centric 8' 6" 4-Weight Fly Rod. Each section is numbered on the lower side, making it easy to line up all the pieces. The shape of the cork handle is similar to the CrossCurrent GLX rods, which taper down below the swell – a feature we like very much, especially when casting at long distances. I felt the NRX was as good as the Asquith at 80 feet, and was able to throw long tight loops with ease. The overall results charts show you the various categories we scored the rods at. G Loomis IMX PRO Fly Rods. 3. Scott claims that by not sanding the tape marks, this contributes to a stronger blank, and we can’t argue with this as we see very few broken Scott rods. Craftsmanship varies to some degree from rod to rod. 5-Weight Power Rods that have the strength to cast more wind resistant dries, and also chuck nymphs with indicators, and even small streamers with ease. Great rods don’t make great casters, but they can sure help an average caster advance a lot faster. The Asquith is a handsome rod, especially in the sunlight when the dark green finish just sparkles. Brand New (never been used) Broke my first one and this is the replacement. Even inexpensive rods built in both Korea and China are surprisingly good. This creates a noticeably lighter blank. Only at the 100 foot mark did I feel it was not quite as good as the Asquith and NRX. All are great anglers and accomplished casters. They use a stack of high quality cork rings but I’m seeing a little more filler than I found on the similar grips on the G. Loomis and Scott rods. Loomis designed these IMX Pro rods to be tough and very durable, and pro guides love them because they are so hard for clients to break. Hardy – Lifetime warranty to original owner. This 5-weight will be a pleasant rod to fish all day, especially with dry flies. One of the best things about the Meridian is the softer tip, which gives it wonderful feel and control at the shorter distances. And since we are in Montana, there is no sales tax. They need to be soft enough in the tip to handle 6X and even 7X tippets with ease. NRX 4PC TROUT L... by G.LOOMIS. However, nearly all manufacturers are charging a “handling fee” of $25-$100 to repair or replace your broken rod. The ability to fire long, smooth tight loops is giving me better accuracy than any of the other presentation rods. Overall it is a lot softer than the Avantt and its slower action hurt its performance, especially at long range. The epoxy coatings on the guide wraps are much better than we’ve seen previously from Sage. This line has a head length of 35 feet and a shorter front taper of 6 feet. vierteilige Einhand-Fliegenruten: acht Modelle für die Fischerei im Süßwasser, in den Schnurklassen von #3 bis #6 und in den Längen von 8'4" (254 cm) bis 10'0" (305 cm) und zehn Modelle für die Salzwasserfischerei, in den Schnurklassen von #6 bis #10 und den Längen von 9'0" (275 cm) bis 10'0" (305 cm), (alles Stand: Mai 2015). Here is the most important distance category for picking the best all around 5-weight rod. If only the tip breaks in an accident, the repair and handling fee is $35 including shipping. The G Loomis IMX Pro is a US built masterpiece that is very powerful for demanding circumstances. They determined that the breakage was not due to a defect, but to some kind of hit to the blank, which I was actually good with since it was 14 years old and had been banged around quite a bit. Regular price $605 View. As is, the lack of overall power limits the Reaper’s ability to chuck it long, like I was able to with the similar priced TFO BVK. Just realize that a 3 wt Trout Spey is equivalent to a6 wt single hand rod. Same day or next day shipping if they have the parts in stock, if not, usually takes 2 weeks. Think of it as more of a finesse rod. We also had a revised version of the Douglas DXF that looked promising, and other new rods to test like the TFO Axiom II and the Redington CRUX and VICE. It will be a pleasure to cast all day if you are fishing dry flies. The weight in hand is heavier than I like. The fast action seems to be about perfect, with a softer tip than most of the other mid-priced rods. Here is another attractive rod from Redington. I’m not getting quite as much feel as with the SKY G though. Each casting station consisted of 4 targets, (which were 12 inch round white paper plates nailed to the grass), the closest at 35 feet, the second at 60 feet, the third at 80 feet, and finally a target at 100 feet. Bring your pliers as you are going to need them. Product Locator by Locally . Using a rod that dramatically reduces the number of break-offs makes a lot of sense. Usually takes 2-4 weeks. From 50 feet on out to 100, nothing in our Shootout could best the Asquith. The feel you get through the handle of the rod that imparts confidence helps you put the fly exactly where you want it. This rod is manufactured in Korea. G Loomis NRX+ LP (Lite Presentation) Fly Rod. 2. Most rods rated 9.5 had a $50 fee. The result: the cheaper outfit is mothballed, sold for a loss on e-bay, or handed down to a relative. If they had cast the rod, I don’t think they would have voted it as the best freshwater rod! No points are awarded for this category, but we know that for many anglers, this is a factor in their decision to buy a rod. The locking rings are much larger that the ones on the X, and very easy to grip and tighten. When I get this rod in my hand, it’s nice and light, yet has an impressive amount of power. Once the grip of the rod is placed precisely on the foam pellet, with the rod in a horizontal position, we apply finger pressure, (usually by pressing down with a finger nail to the very end of the fighting butt), and read the weight we are getting on the scale. Yes the BVK at $279.95 is marginally better, but you’ll have to spend another $30 to get a hard case. Built to the unrelenting specifications of professional fishing guides, the IMX-PRO series is comprised of 15 purpose driven designs to meet the performance demands of modern freshwater fishing. Fluoro)  Y.A. Tracks well, and is giving me nice tight loops and good accuracy. I don’t think I could have ever done this with a rod other than the Asquith. When I first started casting this rod I was sure it would be close to the top of the presentation rods but it was simply not as accurate as the SKY G or NRX+ LP in close and seemed to run out of gas at long range. The matte finished black anodized double uplocking seat is one of the best we’ve seen. Only at long range did the X seem to run out of gas. The wraps are a medium blue, trimmed in green on the butt. This is a classy looking rod. The butt has some darker blue wraps trimmed in silver. Wind speed is neither steady nor consistent. Better than both the NRX+ LP and Helios 3F in close. The accuracy was terrible too – only the Inception was worse. Gusty wind was also a big problem, especially if the wind speed was above 10-15 mph. We have found that the only way to fairly compare rod performance under identical conditions is when there is little or no wind – either by casting indoors, or outdoors when the wind was negligible. We loved the old NRX LP with its softer tip and upper mid-section; the deflection pattern of the new Douglas Sky G is very similar. At the back end of this Amplitude line is a 10-foot section of black line, called a sighter. The Pro4x is based on last years wildly popular (and sometimes controversial) NRX series of fly rods, which also happens to be wildly expensive with most NRX rods breaking the $1000 mark. Regular price $379.99 View. Their Intermediate/Sink 3/Sink 5 line gives you a line with a fast sink type 5 tip, a Sink 3 section behind this and then an intermediate running line. An oversize tip- top is used. If we could control the wind, so all the rods tested were evaluated in identical wind conditions from one minute to the next, we would do so. Now that we have eliminated our “Perfect 5” category, this category gives you our opinions on the best rods and how they stack up. Our Fly Fishing Rods selection is stocked with every make and model you need to cover ANY fishing situation you will encounter! Check out the Thomas and Thomas rods or Scott rods if you want to see wraps and finish that are just about perfect. To make it easier to examine each rod we have used different colors with a chart below each deflection board. Bottom line, in use this rod delivers. There is only one wide up-locking ring, with a nylon ring on the upper side, but it seems to lock up securely enough. The lack of butt and mid-section power hurt a lot at long range. On the other hand we have found the Asquith rods to be one of the toughest and most durable rods we’ve ever sold. Here’s the category that separates the men from the boys – the contenders from the pretenders. This rod has an incredible amount of power combined with a very low swing weight. Good, not great. The important thing here is for each rod to have the exact same length bonefish leader and tippet, and the same amount of yarn used for the indicator. In the next fifteen minutes I caught two nice bonefish that I would have never gotten if I could not have launched that fly over 100 feet.”. At long range the 3F still gets it done, but not with the authority of the Loomis Asquith or NRX. Performance at 35 feet:  18.5 points out of 20. You can really get a good grip on this wide ring. Now all that power redeems itself with the ability to form long tight loops. I’m getting very tight loops and terrific accuracy. St. Croix – Lifetime warranty to original owner, $85 handling fee for accidental breaks. Sales receipt or proof of purchase required. In situations like this, keeping the rod low to the water while you are casting will help. Last but not least is the great rod bag included with the aluminum tube that will help dry out a rod you might put away wet. It is also important to keep the same tippet length, as well as the same size small yarn indicator we use on the end for visibility. Loop gives us their new and unusual 7X, a rod built with a seven-sided, heptagonal blank for increased durability and performance. A short fighting butt is used. The stiffer tip is not giving me any feel and the accuracy is terrible. The same is pretty much true of the power rods, where three rods scored 19.5 or better at 25 feet. Nice smooth loops and decent accuracy, but The Zephrus, SKY and BVK were definitely better. The IMX Pro was designed with pro guides in mind and includes 10 different rod models from a 4 weight to an 8 weight. A green graphite spacer is used with a handy yellow line showing where to insert the reel seat. $349.99. This rod has a medium action and was the heaviest rod in our Shootout, in both overall and swing weights. The rods that did the best job of zinging them in there time after time at mid-distance were the Asquith and Helios 3F. PRINT. A full wells cork grip is our preferred style for power casting and playing good fish, and it helps to have larger guides that the inevitable line tangle will pass through when you are playing that bonefish of a lifetime. Regular price $ 169 ... G Loomis IMX Pro Fly Rod. Ratings: Availability: In Stock. The saltwater version of the Legend Elite is a real bargain for the performance it provides. For your intended purposes, of this group the one I'd put at the top of the list. But the rod still feels heavy in hand. G Loomis IMX Pro Fly Rod Review We recently have been fishing the new IMX Pro series fly rods from G.Loomis on our home water the Spokane. We typically have at least four casters giving you their comments in our Shootout. The rods that scored above 19.3 or better here are the ones to consider. Redington CRUX 696-4S Fly Rod : 6wt 9'6" $399.99. 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