« Last post by bluegillbob on September 05, 2014, 05:44:46 PM »
Burkheimer and Tom Morgan claim that their rods are superior...this is typed on their websites. They say they are superior in performance, quality, and workmanship. I'm only stating what they say. How is it that Sage has all this technology and know how, but these folks claim to build a superior rod?
I don't criticize the angler that totes the $25 fly rod or the person toting the $3000 rod. I remember the days of casting that $10 fly rod and tying on a piece of original blue Stren for a leader. I have a difficult time understanding why someone thinks their rod is superior to another rod when they have the opportunity to cast the other rod...and they fail to cast them.
You asked "why would I buy a rod without casting it?" My options are limited...I live about 5 hrs from the Outer Banks and 5 hrs from the mountains. I have cast some Sage, Orvis, and Winston rods in the Raleigh area. In the few places that carry Sage and Winston rods, they only carry a few different models. I would like to cast a few Cabela's rods, but there is no store here in the entire state. The Fly Fishing Show is the only reasonable solution to cast several rods from several manufacturers (about 3 hrs away). At least with BPS and Cabela's, you can return the rod and receive a full refund. I'd like to test cast a Sage TXL, but the places that sell Sage fly rods in the area only carry 3 or 4 different models...the mainstream ones. I'd probably have to drive 5 hrs to a fly shop in the mountains to try a TXL.
How many of us have bought a fly line without casting it? How many store owners allow you to cast a fly line before you buy it...not the demo line, but a fresh one from an unopened box?
I purchased a line from Scientific Anglers called "Headstart." I like it because it has a fat taper (to cast bigger flies). I had to order this online because every store that carries fly fishing gear in this part of the state (NC) does not carry it. BPS. Orvis. Great Outdoor Provision Company. I found a place in Raleigh that sells $5000 mountain bikes, but I can't find this fly line in a place that sells saltwater lines, trout lines, and bite leaders, along with Sage rods and Ross reels.
I can drive to a Ferrari dealership in a shorter time than I can to locate that "Headstart" line or test cast that TXL fly rod. And the line only costs $45!
How many things do people buy without trying them out? Boats. Chainsaws. Jet skis. Unless you deal with a private seller, I haven't seen many places where you can test drive that $50,000 glitter bass boat before you take it home. I don't know what the return policy on these items are.