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I haven't tried the latest Helios but I found the previous one rather too fast - decidedly stiff in the lower weights. I've tried a selection of Orvis rods together before. I liked the Clearwater II in 5 and 6. Sometimes the cheaper rods outdo the top of the range. Haven't cast the latest version though.

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Still using split-bamboo for #7 or less. Many were already old rods when I acquired them fifty years ago.

 

Saw a fellow syndicate member bust a carbon rod he paid over £700 for. The trouble with these mass-produced carbon and resin rods is they won't stand a collision with a lead-headed nymph if the caster is careless enough to allow it.


 

 

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Vagabond,

 

The owner of the rod I was "playing" with had a similar comment. They won't stand up to any sort of ballistic impact (or something similar).

 

My experience with fragile antique bamboo is that I pay way to much attention to the care and treatment of the rod to have fun fishing. I am really a slob when it comes to care and maintenance of rods and reels. My attire is usually equally disgusting.

 

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fragile antique bamboo

Antique, I grant you, but compared to any other material (apart from the far-too-clumsy solid glass) split-bamboo is far from "fragile"

 

Many of my split bamboos are even older than I am, and still going strong. They will certainly last me out.


 

 

RNLI Governor

 

World species 471 : UK species 105 : English species 95 .

Certhia's world species - 215

Eclectic "husband and wife combined" world species 501

 

"Nothing matters very much, few things matter at all" - Plato

...only things like fresh bait and cold beer...

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Vagabond,

 

I guess "fragile" is the wrong word. My lack of knowledge and confidence is the more likely culprit. (they look and feel fragile to me).

 

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Guest bluedun

Yes, carbon is very strong longitudinally, but easily crushed laterally. I wouldn't risk a cane rod for myself. I'd be worried of putting a set in it snatching at a snagged fly - bad habits I'm afraid. Otherwise I might be tempted.

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I am looking at an Orvis T3 Rod #5 as my first rod, would anyone rate this rod? I thin kits one of their older models, but I am on a budget atm.

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Dave -3,

 

Google "review orvis t3" There's a ton of stuff.

 

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Guest bluedun

I am looking at an Orvis T3 Rod #5 as my first rod, would anyone rate this rod? I thin kits one of their older models, but I am on a budget atm.

They're okay, but you might like to look at the Clearwaters. I've always been quite impressed with them, though it depends on the line weight. I found the 5 and 6 of the Clearwater II pretty good. The III is out now; haven't tried that. Might be cheaper than a T3 (but presumably you're looking at 2nd hand - Orvis discontinued them).

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