Re: 2018 8 Weight Rod Shootout Published

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Posted by Buzz Bryson on 2018-01-04 19:04:41 in reply to Re: 2018 8 Weight Rod Shootout Published posted by Carl Blackledge on 2018-01-04 12:55:57

In the past, I was involved in some rod comparisons. Each involved at least two other anglers. We didn't always agree on the rankings, as we were different ages and sizes, and cast differently. But the disagreements were generally a matter of degree, not of huge differences. One of the things that I recall standing out, and that we pretty much agreed on, was that some rods were considerably more versatile than others, in the sense that (at least to those of us evaluating them) they handled a variety of flies (e.g., size, weight) and lines (short/long front taper, short/long head, over- and under-rated lines) "better" than others. Some were duds with the rated line, but "came alive" lined up one weight. And some were, to all of us, either clearly better, or worse, than others. So, yes, George's test was "limited" to one line, one leader and one "fly". Conversely, the gear was standardized, which did allow an apples-to-apples comparison. Whether anyone else casts like George, Jamie and the others is, of course, ultimately important. But one needs a starting point, and I think this is a pretty good one. If nothing else, it at least shows (or, for doubters, suggests) that less expensive rods can perform well, and be more than satisfactory to many anglers. If certain factors aren't important to you (cosmetics, a rod tube), disregard those and recalculate the scores using whatever is important to you.

I know a lot of people who bought less expensive rods to serve as back-ups to more expensive rods on "lifetime" trips ended up being happily amazed that some of those less expensive rods performed really well for them.

Cars, shotguns, fly rods, ice cream - - - pretty much a personal choice, all of them. But sometimes, a starting place is good.

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