In order to strike out at our review they attempt to discredit us with the same argument, Yellowstone Angler is getting paid for these reviews or they only give high remarks to the companies they carry. The components are similar on both the Truth and Anomaly. Standard size cork rings are used and the quality was surprisingly good for a less expensive rod. These particles are distributed evenly and uniformly, unlike older resins where the particles were mixed in. When used in the top half of the rod, this creates a thin diameter tip section with excellent swing weight, but more importantly helps the rod to recover and dampen quickly. We hear they are working on some new high-end rods, with the latest in materials now and we’ll be excited to see them. The Scott Radian places 2nd again, just as it did in our previous 5-weight Shootout – and for good reason. When I went to work for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in 1970 restoring the species to the 407-mile-long Connecticut River that drains Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut was our main priority. This is a far heavier rod in both overall and swing weight than T&T’s Avantt, and one of the heavier rods in our Power Rods category. This led to a better score for the Truth at long distance, but in close at 25 feet the stiffer tip of the Truth was not giving me much feel, and the accuracy was nothing to write home about either. Heavier rods are never too pleasant to cast when compared to lighter rods. A pleasant rod to cast at mid-distance. Like the reel seat on the H3F, the H3D’s seat is uninteresting for a rod in this price range. The attractive brown wood insert looks to be laminated walnut. I’m getting decent loop control and the rod is pleasant enough to cast and the accuracy was pretty good. You can never please everyone, and likewise, you can never take a single review as the gospel. They are lighter, stronger, and dampen better than anything G. Loomis has given us in the past. This is a HEAVY rod, and not one you want to do a lot of false casting with as when fishing dry flies. In both overall weight and swing weight, this was by far the heaviest rod in our Shootout. If you are looking for a starter rod for a son or daughter – or any beginner on a tight budget, this is the rod for you! Mid-distance is the sweet spot for this rod. Just take one look at the finish on the guide wraps and you’ll see perfection. A comprehensive review of some of the best 6 weight fly rods on the market with Montana Angler staff and guides. The other benefits of Spiral-X are that it reduces any twist in the blanks, and more importantly, reduces ovalization as the rod bends. These test are not to endorse certain products over another, however that does seem to be the end result because no one wants to buy a crap rod for $600 when they can get a much better rod for less. It amazed me how much better it was at longer distances. For a rod this expensive, I would have expected Loop to use the better nickel/titanium snake guides. A lovely Birdseye maple insert is used. – George Anderson, James Anderson, and the Yellowstone Angler crew, Ultimate “Performance Power” 5 Weight Outfit, Mid Priced “Presentation” 5 Weight Outfit, Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots – Felt (Built By Danner), Armstrong Spring Creek on the O’Hair Ranch, #8: Fenwick Fenlite Streamflex 9′ #5 $339.95, #10 (Tie): Beulah Guide Series II 9′ #5 $295. Plus... saying a TFO or Ross ranks above a Burkheimer? Now I’m getting good loops and better accuracy. I hope this helps clear up anyone's preconceived notions about the shootout. I’m getting nice loop control and good accuracy at mid-range. The insert looks to be a black synthetic material – no fancy wood spacer like we found on the Radian or Asquith. This rod has an attractive dark steel gray color, with complementary gray wraps. Since day one there have been people who do not agree with our reviews which we welcome with discussion. I’m not sure what happened this year other than the fact that I really didn’t like the heavy swing weight and that dragged down my scores. A wild looking wood spacer is used on the gray anodized up-locking reel seat. It got better scores as the distances increased, but still nothing very good. On the Truth they are trimmed with light gray. The rest of the guides are the finest, flexible, nickel/titanium one-foot guides that you will never break. At mid range and out long it was much better. They will be pleasant rods to do a lot of casting with, if you are fishing dry flies all day. Whether you are a seasoned angler or first time fly fisher, we got you covered. ._1PeZajQI0Wm8P3B45yshR{fill:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)}._1PeZajQI0Wm8P3B45yshR._3axV0unm-cpsxoKWYwKh2x{fill:#ea0027} The blank follows Scott’s practice of allowing the tape marks to remain and finishing the rod in its natural graphite gray. Gave the rod high marks on everything. Contrasting rubber cork rings are used top and bottom for durability. Both the DXF and Fenlite were better. As far as performance goes, the sweet spot in distance was 45 feet, and here it matched the DXF, the Echo Trout and the T&T Zone. Call us at 406-222-7130, or e-mail us at [email protected] and we can discuss your needs and wants. And Clutch doesn't deserve that low blow either. The Asquith matched or beat the best performance scores for the Power Rods at every single distance! The quality of the standard sized cork rings was excellent, just as good as I found on many of the best rods. At least you do have the option of getting their good and larger, triangular case that will hold up to five 4-pc rods. The Truth also uses Nano-resin technology. The Asquith and Radian are in a totally different class at the top. Alignment dots and hand written serial numbers of the rod are found on each section. Here’s another good rod we have reviewed in the past, and at one point it was our mid-price winner. Still, the 7X doesn’t come close to matching the top 5 Power rods. The Spiral-X technology is a complex three-step process. There is no hook keeper. The quality of the standard sized cork rings was excellent, just as good as on the best rods. I didn’t have enough power out long to develop nice tight loops. Heavy in hand, and feels like it would be better with a WF-6-F line. The standard sized cork rings are only fair in quality, and are showing me a lot of filler. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Alignment dots are used on the sections. At the base of the handle is a fancy cork ring, which leads to the very attractive reel seat. Still, the NRX+ is a worthy winner overall. Guides start out with two fairly large titanium frame stripping guides, followed with hard chrome snake guides the rest of the way. Performance wise, the Radian was even better at 25 feet than the NRX+ and tied the Asquith for the top score at short range. The guide set up uses a fairly large SIC stripping guide, followed with fairly large diameter hard chrome snake guides. It has only a slight swell that tapers forward, with a small flare at both the front and back. This is another rod that is very well dampened. At $295 it falls in that mid-price bracket. If you cannot find or cast the rods that interest you, we are here to help. This rod has a very dark green blank with slightly brighter green wraps. Didn’t seem to track as well as the Clearwater, Zone, or DXF. Bruises are often caused by having a lead eye bugger, beadhead fly, or split shot slam into the rod while you are casting. GL8 resin is “self-propagating”, meaning the resin creates its own Nano-particles. The Echo Trout produced the best scores at short and medium distances. As Tom Larimer at Loomis explained to me, the new resin system also protects the rod from “bruises” that can eventually expand and cause the rod to break. Maybe others will take it to heart and make some unbiased reviews. Matches the Orvis 3D here. My experience with their rods is the exact opposite of what this "review" says. The outstanding, new NRX+ wins in the final results, but gets beaten by the Loomis Asquith in the Performance Only results. The BVKs are fantastic rods and so are the Mangroves. The blank is finished in that lovely Winston emerald green that we have come to know so well. The Avantt is another classy looking rod from T&T that gave us great performance as well. The first thing we did in this test was to limit the test to just weight-forward 5-weight lines. Steve Rajeff, head rod designer and 14 time all-around world champion caster did a terrific job in the re-design of the original NRX rods. http://www.reddit.com/r/flyfishing/comments/1d6lqw/yellowstone_rod_shootout_is_a_joke/. Orvis did a good job designing the tapers, as the medium-fast action feels just right to me. エコーベースフライロッドがフライロッドストアでいつでもお買い得。当日お急ぎ便対象商品は、当日お届け可能です。アマゾン配送商品は、通常配送無料(一部除く)。 The best thing about this rod is its appearance and craftsmanship. Now the rod is tracking better and giving me halfway decent accuracy, but not nearly as good as the $198 Orvis Clearwater. @keyframes ibDwUVR1CAykturOgqOS5{0%{transform:rotate(0deg)}to{transform:rotate(1turn)}}._3LwT7hgGcSjmJ7ng7drAuq{--sizePx:0;font-size:4px;position:relative;text-indent:-9999em;border-radius:50%;border:4px solid var(--newCommunityTheme-bodyTextAlpha20);border-left-color:var(--newCommunityTheme-body);transform:translateZ(0);animation:ibDwUVR1CAykturOgqOS5 1.1s linear infinite}._3LwT7hgGcSjmJ7ng7drAuq,._3LwT7hgGcSjmJ7ng7drAuq:after{width:var(--sizePx);height:var(--sizePx)}._3LwT7hgGcSjmJ7ng7drAuq:after{border-radius:50%}._3LwT7hgGcSjmJ7ng7drAuq._2qr28EeyPvBWAsPKl-KuWN{margin:0 auto} The guide set up is one hook keeper, then a single SIC-style stripping guide followed up with the best flexible nickel/titanium one-foot guides in a dark finish. Guides start with a hook keeper just above the handle, one SIC stripping guide, and then the rest are hard chrome snake guides. A gray anodized solid aluminum reel seat is used with one wide ring that is nylon faced and seemed to lock up very well. The new Loop 7X uses a very unusual and innovative blank design process that gives us a seven sided blank. The Base is not a fancy rod, but it is far better than I expected it to be for under $100. Another nice addition are the fish measuring marks, at both 12 and 20 inches on the butt section. This is a rod that you will be proud to show off to your fishing buddies. Nice tight loops and wonderful tracking ability. On the other hand, the price is far less. Nevertheless some people take our reviews personally for reasons unknown to me; maybe they work for a company or they are a loyal customer to a certain brand. They endorse rods they carry and want to make money on. The cork handle is a half wells design, with very high quality standard sized corks, including contrasting rubber/cork rings at top and bottom for durability. This is handsome rod with the same superb craftsmanship that we have come to expect from T&T, getting a perfect score for Craftsmanship. You are more than welcome to post this on Reddit, I personally don't have a login. The epoxy coatings over the wraps are excellent, and better than a lot of more expensive rods. A cornerstone of their new technology is using a multi-taper design, a process that removes material from areas where a rod is least likely to break, and adds material to prevent breakage where it’s more likely to break. It is still heavy in hand, but now it performs as well as the Sage X and T&T Zone. The cork handles are similar also, and are a slim full wells with a nice swell in the middle and just a bit of flare on either end. The accuracy suffered too. Not nearly as much feel as the H3F, accuracy was not that hot either. The one-coat epoxy coatings over the guide wraps are a little heavy in spots but not sloppy. All of which make great products, but don't make the paycheck for Yellowstone angler. Loomis uses a stack of the thin, very high quality cork rings as they do on the NRX+ rods. At first glance the wraps are nicely done and the epoxy coatings are very good. The bottom line is that the 7X performance was disappointing. The bright blue guide wraps are well done and for the most part the epoxy coatings are pretty good. The guide wraps are dark blue and the epoxy coatings are close to perfect. Easy to form wonderful, tight loops that gave me terrific accuracy. Thanks again and we hope to have your support in the future. Nearly as good as the Asquith and it’s one of our best Power Rods at 45 feet. With a massive selection, free shipping, two locations, & some of Colorado's best guides we strive for the best customer experience possible. The cork handle is a comfortable half wells shape, with the swell a little forward of mid-grip. We will answer your comments and make vlogs based on your comments. If your favorite local shop stocks the rods you are interested in, by all means visit them, try a few rods and purchase an outfit from them. The Truth is finished in a flat, non-glare gray which I like. Every year, people take this Yellowstone shootout stuff as gospel. The epoxy coatings are a little heavy but better than a lot of other inexpensive rods. A small hook keeper is used, just above the cork handle. The Taylor Anomaly and Truth are new rods to our 5-weight Shootout. The cork handle is a half wells design, with standard sized corks that were very high in quality. The weight I’m feeling led to a lack of feel, accuracy was good but not great. This is a rod that could have gone into the Presentation Rods category, but it is a lot more powerful than the G Series, so we moved it to the Power Rods. This rod was also very smooth, well dampened and tracks perfectly. I for one do not buy into rod reviews like theirs. The craftsmanship is excellent, as we found on the Helios 3F. With details about important factors to consider when buying one in 2020. We quickly concluded, however, that we needed to get some of the less expensive and mid-priced rods into this shootout, as we have done in the past. If you have anything else you would like to bring to our attention or any questions about tackle you can email us or call us at 406-222-7130. Another change to the new NRX+ rods is a re-designed full wells cork handle that is slightly smaller than the older handle, with the swell closer to the middle of the grip. ._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb{overflow:hidden;position:relative}._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb:before{background-image:url(https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/img/reddit_pattern.png);content:"";filter:var(--newCommunityTheme-invertFilter);height:100%;position:absolute;width:100%}._37WD6iicVS6vGN0RomNTwh{padding:0 12px 12px;position:relative} In casting the rods side by side, I liked the Anomaly better but the Truth was close and had a little more power. If you are thinking about buying a fly rod, we suggest reading one of our Shootouts for the line size rod you want. This will become a likely scenario for the new Loop rod that preformed so well in our most recent shootout. I love searching out the best of the best, for various things that interest me. A gray graphite insert is used, also in a flat finish that allows you to see the weave in the graphite. The one gripe I have is with the weight. The quality of the cork rings was OK, but not nearly as good as on the Platinum G2. The other thing I didn’t like much was the action, which was a lot slower than the Air. If you want to cut to the chase, skip ahead to 12:14. /*# sourceMappingURL=https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/chunkCSS/IdCard.0f76af1b61e8e247d28f.css.map*/._2JU2WQDzn5pAlpxqChbxr7{height:16px;margin-right:8px;width:16px}._3E45je-29yDjfFqFcLCXyH{margin-top:16px}._13YtS_rCnVZG1ns2xaCalg{font-family:Noto Sans,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:400;line-height:18px;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}._1m5fPZN4q3vKVg9SgU43u2{margin-top:12px}._17A-IdW3j1_fI_pN-8tMV-{display:inline-block;margin-bottom:8px;margin-right:5px}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY{border-radius:20px;font-size:12px;font-weight:500;letter-spacing:0;line-height:16px;padding:3px 10px;text-transform:none}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY:focus{outline:unset} Long, tight loops are easily maintained since the rod dampens so well. A gray graphite insert is used with the 7X inscription in white. Both of these rods have a fast action but the Truth was slightly faster and slightly stiffer than the Anomaly. The standard sized cork rings are of exceptional quality. Good, but just not as precise or as good as the best rods. At first you think it is black, but Sage says it is a very dark green they call Black Spruce. ._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp{margin-bottom:24px;text-transform:uppercase;width:100%}._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp:last-child{margin-bottom:10px} It’s not surprising after doing a lot of casting with all the rods, that the G. Loomis rods stand out above the others in our Power rod category. I like Yellowstone anglers reviews, but I don't make purchases based on them. The next year, they give them a mention as not even being good enough to rank. But again, these are Power Rods and are not expected to be nearly as good as the Presentation Rods in close. The craftsmanship is surprisingly good for the low price, and I felt the Clearwater performed better than Sage’s X and the Winston Alpha+, rods that are both at $900 or more! 2020 8-Weight Challenge, an abbreviated Shootout Rather than do another full blown 8-weight Shootout, we decided to collect these new rods and see how they compare to the top rods in our 2018 8-Weight Shootout. At long range it’s even better than the Sage X but it won’t be long until fatigue sets in. A bit better here but the Clearwater, Zone and DXF all gave me slightly better accuracy. Sage uses a hook keeper and then a single SIC stripper, followed with hard chrome snake guides. We did this to make sure everything was not only an apples-to-apples comparison, but to keep the test somewhat manageable. Find the best five weight rods here. A good blank with decent hardware easily trumps a poor one encrusted with gems. Overall craftsmanship is excellent and I was tempted to give it a perfect score here. We had the Beulah Guide Series II in our last 5-weight Shootout and it finished in the middle of the pack, as it does here. The truth of the matter imho is When I grab a 5-weight rod I’m using it primarily to fish smaller dry flies, but I also want a rod that does everything well. In upgrading the NRX rods, Steve utilized a blend of three things: Mega Modulus+ Graphite, GL8 Resin, and Multi-Taper Design. Whether you fly fish a 2wt on small creeks for brook trout, a 14' 9wt for Steelhead or Atlantic Salmon, or Tarpon on a 12wt; your contributions and questions will be welcomed and appreciated! The Anomaly blank is only lightly sanded and you can still see the tape marks. As such, the Orvis Clearwater is our favorite inexpensive Power Rod. The epoxy guide wraps are black and nicely done. The guides start with a hook keeper, one SIC style stripper, followed with black colored hard chrome single foot guides. This gives an angler more feel combined with an enormous amount of reserve power. A little blue trim is used on the butt on the Anomaly as well as the bottom of the third section. As far as the performance goes, the Anomaly gave me a little more feel and better accuracy in close. I must be missing something. They endorse rods they carry and want to make money on. ._2cHgYGbfV9EZMSThqLt2tx{margin-bottom:16px;border-radius:4px}._3Q7WCNdCi77r0_CKPoDSFY{width:75%;height:24px}._2wgLWvNKnhoJX3DUVT_3F-,._3Q7WCNdCi77r0_CKPoDSFY{background:var(--newCommunityTheme-field);background-size:200%;margin-bottom:16px;border-radius:4px}._2wgLWvNKnhoJX3DUVT_3F-{width:100%;height:46px} This is not a soft rod that lacks power. I have the Yellowstone Anglers 2018 Shootout top 1-3 finishers in 8 wt. As Steve explained it to me, the new Mega Modulus+ graphite fiber is slightly higher in modulus but has a much higher strain rating. The Orvis Recon was far better, as was the Anomaly. I think the Avantt spoiled me since it is such a delightfully light rod. When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. The more line I get in the air, the better the X performs. At $395 it is still one of the best mid-priced rods you can find. The perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F. Based on these test we will order a rod from a company if they scored high by making a rod that performs well. The wraps are a complementary dark green and the epoxy coatings are very well done, and almost as good as what we see on the T&T rods. Sent from my microwave on the Now Network from Sprint! Guides start with a hook keeper and then a single SIC style stripper followed by hard chrome, single foot guides. 100% of our funding comes from your gear purchases, so if this shootout helps you on your next fly fishing adventure, please support us by buying your next fly reel from us. Replacement cost if you break it. I was amazed at how easily I could throw tight accurate loops at long range and with less effort than with any of the other Power Rods. Echo’s warranty policy is one of the best and for $35 broken sections are replaced or you are sent a brand new rod. “Another year has gone by, and we felt there were enough new and exciting 9’ 5-weight rods on the market, that it was time to give you our 2017 5-weight Shootout” By George Anderson George Anderson, proprietor of Yellowstone Angler and initiator of the 5-weight Shootout. The epoxy coatings on the wraps were excellent; as good as on the Helios 3 rods. Very poorly and they are doing 12:13 PM, randoh12 @ gmail.com wrote this. Your tackle needs good, but the Truth of the things I do think it is far less top. Agree with the long, tight yellowstone 7wt shootout is an absolute joy to cast and fish all day good and! Receive no compensation from any distance brown wraps that are nicely done, or e-mail us 406-222-7130. 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