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Re: Colton Reels
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Fred,

As far as rods, everyone I mentioned in my previous post is close to the price point of the Colton. Also you can get plenty of feedback from guys that own many of these rods. I posted questions on Colton reels and rods but have never found anyone that knew much about the company or owned one. But the bottom line is casting and fishing with the rod. As I said, I would at least hold it in my hand and cast it first before buying another bass rod. Also, I would try casting a whole bunch others to find the one that you really like.

No problem with the reel, although the Ross Evolution is being replaced by another model and they are on sale for a great price near equal to the Colton. Most guys that own one rave about that reel.

http://www.cabelas.com/p-001697231649 ... #customer-product-reviews

Good luck on you rod/reel search.

Posted on: 2009/8/30 17:07


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Needs more pawls...

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890-4 Z-AXIS G 9'0" 8 4 4 $700.00
896-4 Z-AXIS G 9'6" 8 4 4 1/8 $705.00

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Needs more pawls...

Are you refering to Tweed mans wiener dog ?

Posted on: 2009/8/31 1:14
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I can't see how they are building for so cheap (rods) or are they getting overseas and putting together here?? I'm interested on hearing from anyone who goes there to check them out.

Posted on: 2009/8/31 7:02
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From what I understand sandfly the rods are made in England and the reels are machined right here in PA.

As far as the cost, his MSRP prices are cheap. (Funny how 'cheap' becomes such a relative term, anyhow) I've been going back and forth with offers on ebay and though I've declined to purchase the rod and reel I put offers in on, they sold for half price or just over of his MSRP.

I still plan on trying both a rod and reel out just not right now.

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I think the reasons for the low price is that he has were little overhead and you are buying direct so there is no mark up by the retailer . Kinda like what Albright is doing now with thier product ...

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890-4 Z-AXIS G 9'0" 8 4 4 $700.00
896-4 Z-AXIS G 9'6" 8 4 4 1/8 $705.00

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The Sage Launch and XI2 are on sale now. How bout the Flight? Also, what about the Clouser TFO rod you were looking at? Redington Predator? St. Croix Ultra or Elite? As well as the Colton. There's a lot of rods out there to cast.




Who said anything about a Z-Axis?

Posted on: 2009/8/31 7:41


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Tweed wrote: who said anything about Z-axis

Z-axis 8 wt weight about the same as the colton ....

What 8 wt do you have Tom a RPL ?

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Tweed wrote: who said anything about Z-axis

Z-axis 8 wt weight about the same as the colton ....

What 8 wt do you have Tom a RPL ?



Well Fred since it casts like a Z buy it!

I have an RPL. I've had it going on 20 years and have caught more SMB, LMB, Steelies, Stripers, and yes, much to my dismay Carp with it than I can possibly remember. The rod has become an extension of my arm. And while at the time, it was one of the most expensive rods on the market ($300 +/- at the time), amortized over 20 years it was a bargain, IMO. Many guys I know have bought many rods in the last 20 years, and have never been truly satisfied with any of them. Which rod was the real bargain?

My only point is to choose carefully my friend. Checking out a website and deciding to buy the rod based on that is IMHO no the best way to chose a rod. Casting/fishing is an individual thing. One FFers treasure is another FFers trash. So the opinion of others on a rod may be useful in giving you an idea which rods to test, but the next step that I take is to cast a bunch in your price range including the Colton, and choose from there. What is the downside in checking out a bunch of rods? It’s actually a fun process to me. I would hate to see you looking for yet another SMB rod next year. The choice is yours.

Getting back to Colton. I don’t believe they are made in England. Hardy/Greys was the only manufacturer in England that I am aware of, and they now have their rods produced in Korea because of high labor costs in England. I cannot see a rod/blank at that price being made in England or the US. But no big deal though, some decent rods are made in the Far East.

As far as “fast” and cheap, I have not found a rod that is great fast action rod at a cheap price. For example TFO’s are a decent fast action rod, but they are very heavy for their rod weight. The less expensive rods use a lower modulus graphite and need thinker walls and a heavier butt to achieve a tip action rod. IMO, clunky best describes the feel in my hand.

There are many medium action rods out there that cast well, but faster rods are more expensive to build because of using high modulus graphite to keep weight down but make the rod durable. Check out the price of faster Sages, Winston, Scott, St. Croix, etc. They all are the most expensive rods in the line. I don’t think there’s collusion among rod manufacturers! I someone can build a light and fast rod for a modest price, it would be done. Like I said earlier, one FFers treasure is another ones trash when it comes to fly rods so my opinion is just…….my opinion.

Good luck on your search.

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Are you refering to Tweed mans wiener dog ?




I assure you, I would've quite clearly referred to his dog's wedding tackle, should have been the case, sir!

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Thanks tweed for looking out . I only have one 8 wt and its a orvis T-3, it gets the job done but its heavy and lacks power with casts longer than 60' . So i'm looking for another 8 wt .I highly doubt that Coltons cast like a Z but i'm hoping it comes close I'm hoping they are going to be at somerset next year so I can get some hands on with the rods.

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Are you refering to Tweed mans wiener dog ?




I assure you, I would've quite clearly referred to his dog's wedding tackle, should have been the case, sir!


gfen don't call me sir I work for a living


Tom are you going to be able to do some fishing Fri ?

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Fred,

The Somerset show is a great place to test out a bunch of rods.

Not sure about Friday yet.

Posted on: 2009/8/31 9:18


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I've got a 6wt colton. The first rod I ever owned. They are extremely fast rods and can cast a mile. The owner, Bob, is a good guy and he usually posts on the bassbarn.com in the saltwater fly fishing forum. Check that often if you're interested in a colton, Bob will run specials and post them there, you can get some great deals. If someone would like to test the 6wt let me know, we can meet up somewhere.

Jason

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I've got a 6wt colton. The first rod I ever owned. They are extremely fast rods and can cast a mile. The owner, Bob, is a good guy and he usually posts on the bassbarn.com in the saltwater fly fishing forum. Check that often if you're interested in a colton, Bob will run specials and post them there, you can get some great deals. If someone would like to test the 6wt let me know, we can meet up somewhere.

Jason


Jason I might have to take you up on that offer it would be a great excuse to do some fishing .

Posted on: 2009/9/1 7:41
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Re: Colton Reels
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Fred,

FYI, here's some more info from a post about Colton rods:

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11244

Posted on: 2009/9/16 11:00



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