View Full Version : Buying Used?

06-06-2010, 09:54 PM
Being a newb to fly fishing(as well as unemployed at the moment), I am trying to save some money on my first fly fishing outfit. But, being an avid "regular" fishermen, I know the feeling of having a nice combo versus the "cheapest" route. So I was just curious if any of you guys ever buy used gear if you come across it? Basically i'm just looking to try to save a few bucks on some descent gear to get started out with. I'm looking towards an 8 1/2-9ft 5 or 6wt rod. I can manage a reel as I know they don't seem to hardly be as important as having a descent rod. I'm hoping to be able to stay under $150 for a rod/reel/line outfit.

As far as new rods I have been considering, here is a quick list...

St. Croix Triumph(on clearance at Cabelas for 69.88)
Okuma SLV(69.99 on Amazon)
Redington Crosswater combo($99.00 at Cabelas)

Just a note to everyone, I am all for purchasing from the "little guy" when possible, however I don't really have a "little guy" fly shop close(LRO is about 2hrs away)....and me being on a tight budget right now, its just hard to spend more money when I can get by cheaper.

So onto rods, I would appreciate any suggestions or if anyone might have any ideas for me. Thanks!

06-06-2010, 10:20 PM
LRO has free shipping and you're going to find their prices are very competitive and they have free shipping. Daniel, Byron and the gang can order just about any rod you are looking for.

Given the ones you mentioned, there's nothing really wrong with any of them. I have a St. Croix I think it's an Imperial. OK rod, it'll cast a fly line just fine for you. The fit and finish isn't up to the St. Croix US made rods but it's not bad either.

I can't comment on the Okuma. Never saw one.

I have a Redington RS3 (older rod). Nice rod. Well made, casts good, decent cork.

One other rod I think you should consider would be any of the TFO Pro or Signature series rods. Just slightly more expensive than the rods you mentioned but a big step up in quality and casting. The TFO rods are not the "start with it and a couple years later want to trade up" category. The TFO rods are ones you will have for a very long time and quite honestly, unless you just want a more expensive rod, there would be no reason to ever want to trade up.

Again, I'd advise giving the guys at LRO a call and see what they can do for you and what they have or can get for you that would be somewhere in your price range.

Anyway, good luck finding a rod and set up.


06-08-2010, 11:50 AM
I have bought used Orvis Superfine Far and Fine from ebay before. It is a very good route to take, for you can get older models for a much cheaper price. They are still good rods as well. Generally, I feel like the trend is for rods to go lighter so these tend to be a little (a very little) bit heavier, but perform very well.

06-08-2010, 10:02 PM
Has anyone on here ever checked out those Redington crosswater combos or personally know anyone that has one? The reviews i've read seem to be pretty good, plus it comes with backing, weight forward line, and a leader already set up with it. And they only run about 100 bucks.

06-08-2010, 10:07 PM
I haven't used the crosswater rods so cannot comment. I do own a Redington RS3 which is a pretty decent rod.


06-09-2010, 12:34 AM
My dad has a redington that was a combo thing my brother in law got him for Father's day. I think it casts just fine. A friend of mine (Crockett on this forum) bought one of the TFO combo kits from LRO... NXT I think is the model, and it casts really nice. I really like the rod. I think it's made on the same blank as the "Finesse" series.

I recommend casting the rods before buying. My first one was a TFO Professional which was always too fast for me. I ended up trading it later. It took a while before I really got the hang of casting. I bet the pro would be fine for me now but at first it was not the best rod for me then.

Good luck!