Thanks for the help here, part of the fun of getting into a new rod & casting style is finding the right rod and you sure learn a lot on the way. There seem to be a lot of good options , I am looking thru the classifieds here & checked out Poppys site. My casting instructors made a good point , I can agree with from my experience with SH rods - " buy a rod that you can grow with ". I do build rods (hobby only) , an idea I have tossed around. Is Steve Godshalls # on this site ? I should probably talk to him. I thought he made lines ?
I read here a custom line is not much more than a off the shelf line.
The LL Bean Streamlight Ultra 8/9 2H was designed by Tim Rajeff for bean , the blank is Mfg. in Japan , @ $195 (sans 10% summer deal) this one keeps me looking , a "good starter rod " at that price , I don't like doing the upgrade thing but at that price ....The other factor is I am out East and not sure how much this rod is going to apply for GL Steelhead in NY , some of the water is probably better suited for a SH 1007 with spey cast in confined areas.
When considering the Echo rods, which is the better in the series for a 13' or so in the 7/8 wt. (scandi 450/500 range) ? I would think a used Echo would be easy to find ?
edited : I was able to find a review of the bean rod here by Topher Browne , he says it is much like the Loop Yellow Line (retail 360 back in the day). Sounds like it is on the level with Echo I guess .....Price may reflect no reseller , Bean selling direct. Maybe someone can tell me about the Loop yellow since it is like that ?
The VXP 7 wt. can be found for $440 discontinued , about the same range as the Echo
We start to go up and up ...
The T&T 1308-4 is $640 at Sierra
Last edited by eastfly; 07-06-2014 at 11:18 AM.