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#1 cap

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:25 PM


1) Steffen Brothers out of Arizona

or

2) JP Ross out of NY

check em out
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:47 PM

Cap, do you know if JP warranty policy has changed?
http://www.jprossfly...rancepolicy.php


JP Ross Fly Rods Insurance Clause

First Year: $30.00 Breakage Fee, plus shipping cost. Limit to one repair per year. Rods must be returned with all parts in original case and bag. 50% credit on all breakages after the first year. For example, If a rod was purchased for $200.00 and breaks in the second year, you may send that rod back with its case and bag for a 50% or $100.00 credit towards a new model fly rod. We reserve the right to limit all warranty rights. Rods may be replaced at our discretion. Lead Time is 30 working days. All prices include a 10% Excise tax or a maximum of $10.00 per unit.

But I would love a Steffen glass rod!!!smile.gif

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:09 PM

Dunno..and I don't remember if it was different when I purchased a 43t model several years ago...but for a 300 dollar rod it is way better than many "big player" companies mid priced stuff

Steffen charges for repair...it ain't free..i have two of thier rods..a glass and a HM graphite..

I have'nt broken any of thier stuff...

If there was'nt an LL Bean factory store where i could get high end Sage and Loomis cheap I'd only deal with smaller companies like these guys...and I think they are way way better than TFO, Redington and Elkhorn and guys like that...

these rods rock for the price..

but $150 for a GLX or an XP rocks mo bettah' still....
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:57 PM

I am glad I am so far away from the outlet stores!!!smile.gif
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[i]$150 for a GLX or an XP rocks mo bettah' still....


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Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:48 PM

They are both great companies.

However I would not be surprised to see JP Ross go away. JP had accepted a corporate sales position and is no longer actively involved in the rods. Don't know who is actually doing it for him at this point.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 09:09 AM

cap

check our macfarland glass out of PA

similar price point to the steffen (maybe a little less?)

held in similar high regard

bought my dad a 7' 3WT last year....it is just a sweet little rod

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 09:24 AM

Tim, McFarland is "priceyier"....but nicer components.





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cap

check our macfarland glass out of PA
similar price point to the steffen (maybe a little less?)
held in similar high regard
bought my dad a 7' 3WT last year....it is just a sweet little rod


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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:32 AM

kim

i didn't see current prices on mike's site, but i want to say i paid at or less $345 for a 3 piece rod

the mcfarland is a little slower/deeper flex than the steffen, from what i am told

all i know is that little 3wt can pick up 30' of line and lay it back down, straight and where you point, with no falscast.....and it roll casts like a dream

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:43 AM

Tim, they just had a mini clave in PA where McFarland brought out a bunch of rods to play. Wish I was there! The pricing varies depending on the model.

I am thinking on ebaying all my graphites!!!biggrin.gif

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:49 PM

I too am thinking of purging and concentrating on a select few rods since i usually wind up fishing a select few anyway... I guess one benefit of having a selection is that you can rediscover a rod that you have'nt even used for a few years....Then of corse you see something that you don't need but you covet it anyway and you must have it!

McFarland is all into the newer s-glass like Steffen Bros? Honestly i like my Steffen HM graphite better than the glass.

I still kinda think that glass rods should be about the same price as an Ugly Stick regardless of who manufactures it.

Since most people who like glass like it because it feels like bamboo probably should just go the boo route anyway.

The high cost of fly reels really seems bogus too...think of all the engineering in a spinning reel vs. a fly reel then compare the price...it just does'nt jive...fly reels have nothing inside of them and they are simple to balance...
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:08 PM

Ugly stick!!![}: )][}: )]
Glass is easier to maintain than boo.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:16 PM

I treat all my rods the same way...I fish with them and try not to close car doors on them...when I'm done fishin' I put em back in a tube..

I don't do anything special to the boo stuff...am I suppose to?
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:56 PM

The article on this site has some great information concerning current glass rod builders
http://troutundergro...i-the-builders/

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Originally posted by Kimosabe

Tim, McFarland is "priceyier"....but nicer components.





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Originally posted by tim_s

cap

check our macfarland glass out of PA
similar price point to the steffen (maybe a little less?)
held in similar high regard
bought my dad a 7' 3WT last year....it is just a sweet little rod



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Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:13 PM

Kimosabe is correct about McFarland being more expensive but his glass rods are e-glass NOT s-glass. They are more representative of the old classic glass rods built on Fisher blanks or the Winston Stalkers during Tom Morgan's ownership of Winston. E glass is slower and more closely resembles the action of cane. The comment concerning the fact that glass rods should be low cost like the old Shakespear wonder rods and ugly sticks is off base. The old cut rate rods never compared to the good glass as they were uncontrolled noodles! An announcement will be made later this summer concerning the introduction of what will be absolutely the best glass blanks ever produced. They will even best the Fisher blanks! I can't comment further on the announcement but will put up a post when the time is appropriate. So you may want to hold off. If you can't wait a complete rod by McFarland would be a good choice or a blank from Steffen Bros. if you have someone else build the rod from their blank. Take a look an the link that I listed in my other posting it may help in your decision. Good luck in your selection.
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Tim, McFarland is "priceyier"....but nicer components.





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Originally posted by tim_s

cap

check our macfarland glass out of PA
similar price point to the steffen (maybe a little less?)
held in similar high regard
bought my dad a 7' 3WT last year....it is just a sweet little rod



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Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:33 PM

hi Doug, are you coming out with a new line of glass? better than Fisher;)

keep us posted,thanks!

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:02 PM

Check out Beulah flyrods. I purchased the 7/8 switch rod and I am very happy with it.

I've only cast it on the lawn and it throws a line. I can't wait to try it in the surf.

The purchasing experience was pleasant as well.

Thanks for posting the photos. I'll check those out.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:06 PM

I actually just helped with some of the market studies and random surveys. I wish I could say more but I have agreed to strict confidentiality. One thing I can tell you is if you are a glass rod fan you will want one in each weight! Trust me on that. You will be blown away when the announcement is made!

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hi Doug, are you coming out with a new line of glass? better than Fisher;)

keep us posted,thanks!





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