What's your single most favorite trout stick?

GungasUncle
Pretty straight up question - and a good easy discussion.

Mine, without a doubt, is my Grigg made North X Northwest (old GI Joes house brand) 8' 4 weight. It's a lovely light little stick with what orvis would call a "full flex" action - everyone else used to just call it a slow action. Lovely rod to cast - it'll push a 40 foot cast out easily and delicately, it roll casts very nicely - and it makes every fish, even the dinks, feel big.

The rod is well made for an Asian manufactured import. For the last 4 or 5 years, it's worn a Ross Flywater #1 reel - and I underline it with a Scientific Anglers DT # 3 floater.

I've had this rod now for about 6 years or so - and I'm never, ever going to part with it. I can fish dries, nymphs (not really gracefully, but it does it) and small streamers, as well as toss small poppers and sliders for bass and panfish.

It's definitely the best $100 I've ever spent on a single rod.

I can't wait for the water and weather to warm and have the panfish moving in shallow to spawn - and come May, we're going to be flogging the little creeks and streams from Clackamas County to the coast chasing wild rainbows and cutties.

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I've had other rods that cost the same or more - but none of them, with the exception of my little TFO 2 weight, ever made me smile as much to fish with.
 
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troutdude
Great topic!

My favorite is a Fenwick Ferralite 4-piece 6 wt. or 2 - 6 lb. mono fiberglass rod (combo fly / spin). I found it at a yard sale, circa mid-90's, for $10 or $15. The rod had the original steel guides, and was in MINT condition. I was pleased as punch to find it; but what I did next was even better (maybe not to a purist or collector, but it was to me).

My rod found it's way over to my buddy Brad's home/shop. Brad used to work w/ Mitch (owner of Two River's Fly Shop), at Anderson's Sporting Goods in Corvallis. Brad had evolved into a pretty darn good rod builder. So, I paid the man to remove the old steel guides, and re-wrap the rod with new Fuji ceramic guides.

The finished product was done so well, that it looked like it came from the factory, and I had just purchased it new. Brad's craftsmanship blew my mind!!! I think I have something like $35 - $45 in it altogether and I LOVE that rod! Talk about flexible...wow! (I own several other Fenwick glass rods too, but all are spinning or casting rods and this a fly fishing section).

Brad...you are the man. I will cherish that rod forever; and whomever I someday will that rod too will know the story. RIP my friend.
 
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Markcanby
I have a 4wt grigg that I would have to say is my favorite fro trout under 10".
 
halibuthitman
My rods are like my children... I love them all the same.. each one just has a different charm... however, my Hardy 5wt glass is in very strong compt with my wright &mcgill trailmaster conversion rod.. each has its place-
 
halibuthitman
oh, by the way... it always makes me smile to see a Ross on an affordable rod.. its a very wise desicion set-up wise, man the Ross Gunisson and the Hardy Perfect have to be the finest trout reels ever built-
 
GungasUncle
Normally I wouldn't have spent way more on a reel than I would for a rod - but that Ross was just TOO good not to. It replaced my much loved Orvis Rocky Mountain casette reel. I dropped the Orvis one too many times on a rock - and it busted the handle right off, and Orvis no longer made that model at that point - or anything like it. So I went down to Kaufmann's one day to browse - trying to find a reel with the features I wanted:

Mid or large arbor
Silent or very quiet strip/retrieve
Light enough to balance the rod
Metal frame and spool

Ross was THE only choice I could afford - and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm in love with that little reel.

I abhor cheap "graphite" or plastic fly reels - never had one that was worth a damn. When I was 17 I bought a Cabela's Three Forks combo - the 7'6" 3 piece 3 weight. I LOVED that rod - I HATED the rest of the crap it came with. The reel seized up tight as a drum. The crappy bargain basement Rio line it came with was junk also - I threw both in the trash, and promptly bought the Orvis reel, with an Orvis Hy Flote #3 double taper line to match. The reel cost IIRC $75 back then, the line was $50 - and the rod, if I'd bought it alone, was about $70. Should've pieced a combo together myself and saved the money for the junk that went in the trash.

Since then, I've decided that I will have good reels on any rod I fish (good doesn't have to mean expensive, but I've yet to see an expensive reel be junk) - and I won't compromise and fish crap lines either.

I admit - I've lusted after a Gunnison more than once. If I ever decide to go crazy and drop $200 or more on a flyrod, I'm probably going to drop the coin for a Gunnison to go with it - and when/if I ever get the coin for a nice 'boo rod - it's almost mandatory that it wears a Hardy reel. But I'm no where near the point of dropping one to three grand on a rod yet. :)
 
colbypearson
my favorite i have ever used is my (soon to be throbbitshanes) 7' ml g.loomis gl2 i pretty much grew up fishing with... bass or trout that one was the most fun, i used to just use a small pflueger trion 1000 i think
 
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