Thanks to the folks who weighed in on our “What’s Your Favorite Trout Rod?” post last week, we’ve got some somewhat interesting, statistically sort-of-significant, semi-scientific data to present today!
Actually we got some great input across the board. Here’s how the results broke down across the not-publicly-disclosed, non-GAAP categories that we decided to study. In case you missed the original post, we just asked the completely non-specific question, “What’s your favorite trout rod?”.
- Everybody asked for this one, so here you go. People apparently like Sage rods.
- Sage – 54.2%
- Scott – 12.5%
- TFO – 8.3%
- Cabela’s – 4.2%
- Diamondback – 4.2%
- Lamiglas – 4.2%
- Loomis – 4.2%
- Orvis – 4.2%
- Winston – 4.2%
This is another obvious question, and we’re good at answering obvious questions. Not surprisingly, 2s and 7s are not applicable as ‘faves’, and 5 weight trout rods are pretty popular.
- 5 – 41.7%
- 6 – 25%
- 3 – 16.7%
- 4 – 16.7%
Can you walk into a fly shop and buy this rod today? Here’s where we were surprised. Don’t worry – we’ll pontificate below.
- No – 70.9%
- Yes – 16.7%
- Not specified – 12.5%
According to our EPO-adjusted, anglers’ union-despised, highly-controlled study, the vast majority of the ‘favorite trout rods’ out there are not available today. Why is that?
There’s been a pretty serious trend over the past few years towards producing fly rods that are really fast and really light. There are definitely some applications where fast and light are important – long days on saltwater flats come to mind.
On the other hand, there are lots of situations where feel, predictability, and ease of use seem to matter quite a lot – like your typical day fishing for trout, maybe? We’ve cast more than a few recent-model trout rods that are amazingly fast and mind-blowingly light, but somehow wind up with a feel that’s mighty similar to the proverbial 2×4.
Call to Action
Attention fly rod manufacturers! When we’re fishing for trout, we love our old SPs and LLs and glass rods and old-school slow graphite sticks!
Maybe think about focusing on moderate action and a nice feel, and not as much about lightning speeds and feather weights.
He he he you said “pontificate”.
Great roundup great way to get the builders to listen to the anglers.
Interesting results as I expressed my true trout choice more then the rod BRAND I own the most of.
Chris Michels says
Chris Price says
I guess fly rods are kind of like cars. Every year they have to make a new model. They don't make the old classics that we loved so much! Cabela's FT, Loomis IMX & IM6, 65' Chevelle… Bring em' back!
Love the 8'9" 5wt Winston LT. This rod is stunningly beautiful, versatile and smooth!
Have really been impressed lately with the S4 905-4 from Scott. Unbelievably smooth and versatile, as well.
larry klein says
every one has a favorite rod but i agree on winston 5 weight lt for bows
try winstons 3 wt on dollys & arctic grayling
i also love my winston 7wt & 9wt
see all of you soon
Steve Botha says
Yep! I know what you mean. I wish I could get my Sage 9′ 3wt LL in a 4 pc. It would be my favorite rod hands down. Unfortunately it is not to be and I find travelling with a 2pc awkward.
The Winston BIIX is a fantastic rod and wins as favorite simply because it is 4pc and easy to travel with.
Steve Botha says
The stick that I was refering to in my previous post and addressed to Chris is the original Sage GFL389LL being a 3wt 8’9″ and not 9′ as previously mentioned.
I love my 3 weight Winston 5 pc rod. I also have a 4 weight SP that was hand wrapped as a gift. DePuy, Hot Creek, Heaven…perfect rods for Trout on dries and a joy to fish. I will say that I would not float Big Montana water without my 6 weight XP or my 5 weight Z axis.