The epoxy coatings over the wraps are excellent, and better than a lot of more expensive rods. The 7 Weight is the middle child of fly fishing. At 45 feet it gave me amazing accuracy combined with lots of feel getting nearly a perfect score. Guides start out with two fairly large titanium frame stripping guides, followed with hard chrome snake guides the rest of the way. I felt that the medium fast cast better than the fast, so we dropped the fast action rod from our Shootout. You can never please everyone, and likewise, you can never take a single review as the gospel. Standard size cork rings are used and the quality was surprisingly good for a less expensive rod. The Base is not a fancy rod, but it is far better than I expected it to be for under $100. The Anomaly blank is only lightly sanded and you can still see the tape marks. The medium fast action is much like what we saw in the X, but this is an even heavier rod than the X in both overall weight and swing weight. Alignment dots are used on each rod section. Hard to say, but the other weight rods I I think the Avantt spoiled me since it is such a delightfully light rod. The Truth uses a skeleton black anodized single up-locking reel seat with a thin nylon ring against the sliding band to provide a secure lock up. In both overall weight and swing weight, this was by far the heaviest rod in our Shootout. It's no coincidence. For a rod this expensive, I would have expected Loop to use the better nickel/titanium snake guides. I’m getting nice loop control and good accuracy at mid-range. Therefore I think any critical review of a fly rod is just as subjective. Per contra, we cast the Zenith and were immediately overwhelmed by what a great rod it was, this rod went along not only to win our shootout but become a rod that we stock because we believe it to be a great 5 weight. Tags: fly reel test, 8-weight shootout & best 8-weight fly reel Posted On: March 10, 2013 Posted By: Ben F Hatch Finatic 7-Plus Fly Reel Review Winner of our 2013 8-weight Challenge! It’s all about the blank. The next year, they give them a mention as not even being good enough to rank. We were really interested to see how this new 7X would perform, when casting head to head with the best “Power” 5-weight rods. If you want to cut to the chase, skip ahead to 12:14. Alignment dots are used and helpful. I've owned a Loomis Crosscurrent, Crosscurrent Pro-1, Hardy Proaxis, Sage Salt, and Method in 7wt and out of them all I only currently own the Proaxis. The blank follows Scott’s practice of allowing the tape marks to remain and finishing the rod in its natural graphite gray. Like the reel seat on the H3F, the H3D’s seat is uninteresting for a rod in this price range. And once you’ve picked out the perfect rod, stay and enjoy a few days on the water with one of our top guides. I recently did some test casting with the Redington VICE. The cork handle is the same snub nose half wells style used on the X, but the quality of the cork is FAR worse and exhibits a lot of filler. The reel seat is a gray anodized, double up-locking seat with two locking rings, both small in width that proved to be difficult to grip and lock up easily. The reel seat is a solid black anodized, single up-locking unit and the locking ring is easier to grip than some. The blank itself is natural graphite gray, and is sanded only lightly so you can still see the tape marks similar to the Scott rods. I’ve looked and the Trident 8 weight shoot and I notice that a lot of the reels they tested where 8-10 wt not only that but a lot of rods and reels that I’ve heard to be good weren’t even in the run. This new resin system, along with a new scrim, results in a lighter but more durable blank. In looking back at the old NRX specs, the new NRX+ rods are slightly lighter in overall weight but substantially lighter in swing weight. This is a subreddit for anglers who pursue, or wish to pursue, their favorite fish on fly rods. Find the best five weight rods here. The insert is epoxy-impregnated wood in a deep brown color. Both the Fenlite and Recon were a lot better. Fenwick uses a medium gray blank with black guide wraps, trimmed with a little green on the butt. Long distance is the sweet spot for this rod. Here are my top two choices for the best all-around 5-weight rod: Here is a fantastic new rod that can do it all! Two categories: Power and Presentation. The one-coat epoxy coatings over the guide wraps are a little heavy in spots but not sloppy. The wraps are a complementary dark green and the epoxy coatings are very well done, and almost as good as what we see on the T&T rods. The performance is pretty good as is the craftsmanship. But again, these are Power Rods and are not expected to be nearly as good as the Presentation Rods in close. The epoxy coatings over the guides are very well done. Redfish on a 6wt. The attractive brown wood insert looks to be laminated walnut. Unfortunately St. Croix has discontinued their fine Legend Elite rods, which have done very well in our past Shootouts. Here is a good mid-priced rod from Echo. If your favorite local shop stocks the rods you are interested in, by all means visit them, try a few rods and purchase an outfit from them. It also allows Fenwick to build a lighter and more powerful rod that performed better in our Power Rods category than several much more expensive rods. I’m confident that we can come up with the perfect rod or outfit that best fits your needs. All that power helps here but I’m still not getting very good accuracy. Matches the Orvis 3D here. The blank itself is finished in medium gray finish, and sanded lightly so you can still see the tape marks in the valleys between the high spots. ._12xlue8dQ1odPw1J81FIGQ{display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle} The epoxy guide wraps are black and nicely done. Here is Orvis’ inexpensive 5-weight that is built in China, unlike the Helios 3 and Recon that are built in their Vermont factory. If you would prefer the Amplitude Trout or Amplitude MPX, which are normally $129.95, we’ll upgrade you for an additional $50.00. The Asquith is an amazing rod from G. Loomis, and as you’ll see, it clobbered all the other Power rods in the Performance Only results. Guides start with a hook keeper just above the handle, one SIC stripping guide, and then the rest are hard chrome snake guides. In swing weight, it was not as good as the Helios 3D and Avantt and far heavier than the Asquith. It’s not surprising after doing a lot of casting with all the rods, that the G. Loomis rods stand out above the others in our Power rod category. I think the point is that it's not necessarily the good that was portrayed in this, which has some legitimacy (there are some fantastic rods at the top, like the NRX) but how they're taking their time to talk down on companies they don't carry, when those rods are just as good or better than many they carry and rank high. I thought the quality of the standard sized cork rings was pretty good and better than a lot of the less expensive rods. In order to strike out at our review they attempt to discredit us with the same argument, Yellowstone Angler is getting paid for these reviews or they only give high remarks to the companies they carry. Scott fans have loved this rod and if you try one you’ll become a Scott fan too! The stiffness in the tip didn’t allow for much feel or accuracy. In looking back at our last 5-weight Shootout, I scored the Sage X much higher than I did here. The BVKs are fantastic rods and so are the Mangroves. Whether you fly fish a 2wt on small creeks for brook trout, a 14' 9wt for Steelhead or Atlantic Salmon, or Tarpon on a 12wt; your contributions and questions will be welcomed and appreciated! An example of this would be our 2011 5-weight shoot-out; we had never once carried Hardy (mainly because the Hardy rods we had cast were horrible). The beauty of this process is that it uses 15-20% less graphite to get the exact same strength as the NRX rods, which we know from experience are stronger than any other rods we’ve used. Press J to jump to the feed. I matched it for distance with the Sage X Rod and it hung in there. This rod costs $795, so they are not doing themselves any favors by ranking it so low. The standard size cork rings were of excellent quality. From my perspective and for my casting stroke, their analysis is solid. I can sure feel the heavier swing weight here, and am not getting much feel or accuracy. I would love more thorough and unbiased reviews as additional data points from other folks. I like Yellowstone anglers reviews, but I don't make purchases based on them. When I went to work for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in 1970 restoring the species to the 407-mile-long Connecticut River that drains Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut was our main priority. The Asquith is a fast action rod with very good butt and mid-section power, but with a softer tip that gives great feel and excellent accuracy at all distances. Vlog every Tuesday at 7pm UK Time Please comment & subscribe. This is a rod that could have gone into the Presentation Rods category, but it is a lot more powerful than the G Series, so we moved it to the Power Rods. I was getting a lot of feel and excellent accuracy at all distances. The heavy swing weight and stiffness killed any feel or accuracy in close. I like the medium-fast action, but the thing that killed this rod for me is its weight. The price – at $1100.00, it is $100-$300 more than the other top Power rods. At mid range, both the Truth and Anomaly scored 19 points and gave good, just not great, accuracy. There is no hook keeper on this rod. This is a heavy rod in both overall and swing weight. Trouts Fly Fishing is Denver's Premier Fly Shop and Outfitter. The accuracy is not so hot either but still better than the BVK and Winston Alpha+. The Truth uses a lay up technology somewhat similar to the Asquith Spiral-X. I’m getting decent loop control and the rod is pleasant enough to cast and the accuracy was pretty good. I love the shape of the cork handle. They add a very attractive dark wood burled insert. ._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb{overflow:hidden;position:relative}._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb:before{background-image:url(https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/img/reddit_pattern.png);content:"";filter:var(--newCommunityTheme-invertFilter);height:100%;position:absolute;width:100%}._37WD6iicVS6vGN0RomNTwh{padding:0 12px 12px;position:relative} Here is another rod we had in our last 5-weight Shootout. No other Power Rod was close. The cork handle is a mini full wells style with a stack of very high quality thin cork rings, similar to the Helios 3 rods. I liked the looks of this rod a lot; the blank finished in flat black with bright blue wraps. G Loomis is an incredible brand in the fishing world, but sometimes gets overlooked by some of the bigger names like Sage, Scott and Orvis. I love the smooth medium fast action and it feels light in my hand with a decent swing weight. With details about important factors to consider when buying one in 2020. Sent from my microwave on the Now Network from Sprint! .s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f{color:var(--newCommunityTheme-metaText);padding-top:5px}.s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f._19JhaP1slDQqu2XgT3vVS0{color:#ea0027} I might ask it to do some nymphing or even throw a small streamer. This is something that we are very proud of and will continue to be proud of. They do carry the #18 Winston. This is a medium fast action rod with a softer tip that gave me good performance and good accuracy at the short to medium distances. Both are fast action rods but the Truth was slightly faster than the Anomaly. G. Loomis has built some of the toughest rods we’ve ever fished and it takes a lot to break one. We hope you have enjoyed reading our 2020 5-weight Shootout! This makes the blank much stronger under a “lifting load” with less overall material used. The cork handle is a half wells design with a nice swell in the middle and a flare on the bottom end. With such heavy swing weight, I’m getting little feel or accuracy. Yes, Echo uses lower modulus graphite than most other rods to keep the cost down so this rod is one of the heavier rods in both overall and swing weight. Still pretty good out long. At $649 it is almost a hundred dollars more than the Anomaly. You are more than welcome to post this on Reddit, I personally don't have a login. Sage calls this style grip a snub nose half wells. 2020 8-Weight Challenge, an abbreviated Shootout Rather than do another full blown 8-weight Shootout, we decided to collect these new rods and see how they compare to the top rods in our 2018 8-Weight Shootout. The one wide locking ring does a good job of securing the reel. This rod has lots of punch out long when you need it. It gave me impressive feel and accuracy at all distances. The Crosscurrent Pro-1 was also a magic wand and it's the As on the H3F, I don’t like all that white on the butt section but that has become an Orvis trademark now and they are aiming at having a rod that will jump right out at you from the rod rack in a fly shop or in the field. Still, the NRX+ is a worthy winner overall. With more line in the air, now I’m getting nice loops and good accuracy. It is a skeleton anodized black aluminum, single up-lock seat with one wide locking ring, which is faced with nylon to provide a secure lock up. Their wader review is a nice jumping off point for doing some individual searches for each of the top contenders. Both rods use skeleton black anodized single up-locking reel seats and both use a thin nylon ring against the sliding band to provide a secure lock up. This is a medium fast action rod that is a little heavier in hand and in swing weight than the best rods but about equal to the similarly priced Fenwick Fenlite. A gray anodized double up-locking seat is used but I found the rings a little hard to grip and tighten. Heavier rods are never too pleasant to cast when compared to lighter rods. The Taylor Anomaly and Truth are new rods to our 5-weight Shootout. P.S. The bottom line is that the 7X performance was disappointing. They endorse rods they carry and want to make money on. The reel seat is a black anodized single up-locking version with a nylon-faced ring that gives a very secure lock up. The softer tip on the Aetos gave me better accuracy, The Fenlite was pretty good though, matching the H3D and Taylor Anomaly. Complementary gray wraps are used, trimmed in lighter gray and bright orange on the butt section. There is no hook keeper. Feels a little heavy in hand and the overall stiffness is not allowing much feel at all in close. The cork handle is Winston’s cigar grip, which we have always liked; with the swell slightly forward of the middle of the grip and a nice flare on the bottom. The cork handle is a half wells design with just a small amount of swell in the middle and a slight flare at the bottom. The components are similar on both the Truth and Anomaly. The Fenwick Fenlite and the Guide Series II were a little better at mid-range. 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