The Best Fly Rods For Your Money, Bang for your Buck Reviews

Best Fly Fishing Rods, these will give you the most value for the Money Spent

Best fly rods for the money spent. Redington, Temple fork outfitters, and echo rodsHaving been a fly fishing guide for a long time now, I have seen it all when it comes to fly fishing rods. There are many that are way overpriced, and some that are just plain not a good value. I own my fare share of $700 fly fishing rods. I don’t have any problem at all sinking a lot of money into a fly rod. I realize that I will have these rods for the rest of my life, if it feels and casts great for a lifetime of fishing with the rod- it’s certainly not too much to spend. Today I won’t be going over any super high end rods. I am concentrating today’s article on  fly rods that are priced between 100-200$ These type of rods are more catered to people who don’t fish a whole lot, are on a budget, or just need a high quality backup rod.

If you are more interested in inexpensive fly fishing combos or kits click here

Redington Fly Fishing Rods

Shortly after high school I decided it was time to find a job. I decided the best place to get one was at a sporting goods store. The store had quite a few Redington products on the shelves. Back then I recall really liking Redington rods. I actually still have some of the old Redington freshwater rods that I sunk an entire paycheck on a few times. Back in those days Redington was a smaller sort of unknown company in most circles of fly fishing. It was located down in Florida and concentrated more on saltwater fishing than anything else. It was later purchased by Orvis, because they wanted to expand their line of lower priced options. In  the early 2000’s the company was bought from Orvis by Sage Fly rod company in Washington State. The thing that drew me to love Redington rods to begin with was the great “bang for your buck” about them. They had a warranty that was unrivaled in the industry for taking care of customers. They also had and still have some of the best fly rods made for the money. Rest assured that Sage has not taken anything away from Redington since the purchase. The warranty is still just as good as it ever was, and they won’t leave you hanging with a broken rod and nothing to do about it. When you buy a Redington you are buying a quality bulletproof rod that is nothing but a great value. If you can’t tell I really love these guys! (I also feel I should mention, I am not being paid by any rod company in any way for this article)

Redington Pursuit (Now called Redington Path)

A closeup view of the Redington pursuit rod

The Pursuit (path) is available in a 4 piece or a two piece model

Update: The Redington pursuit is now called the Path. The only  change according to the company is the name. The rod still casts and feels the same. It now features a black color, with blue wrap on the guides. All of the information below is still accurate.

Best fly rods for the money. Redington tempt, Redington Pursuit, and Temple Fork outfitters Lefty Kreh.This rod in my opinion is very hard to beat for the money. I have many fly rods and I wouldn’t hesitate to take this one out, over one that costs almost ten times as much.  They come in a 4 piece model for $119.95 and a 2 piece for $99. Redington was also kind enough to include a nice tube for the rod. (There are actually some companies that don’t) One of the main reasons I purchased my Pursuit, was to use it as a back up rod for clients. Its always a good idea to keep an extra on hand in case someone gets sloppy and breaks their rod. Also on occasion people bring rods that are not suitable for fishing the rivers that I guide on. Usually we are fishing with large flies and sometimes indicators. With a 7′ 2 weight you just cant cast the rig I want them to use. In such a case I will pull out my backup and allow them to use it. This summer they will be pleasantly surprised to be using one of the best value rods available. They will never know it only costs $100.

Now more about the rod, it has a nice crisp action suitable for casting streamers and other heavy flies and nymph rigs. It is also quite lightweight at a mere 3.3 oz for the 9 foot 6 weight, 4 piece model. (2 piece is 3.2 oz)

Aff. Link: Redington path outfit

Summary:

  • Cost $99-$129 dependent on the model
  • Weight- 3.2-3.3 oz
  • Rod tube included
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Available in 2 and 4 piece models
  • Kit price is also available for $169.95-189.95

Redington Tempt

This is another Bargain from Redington’s lineup.  The Tempt is available in 4 piece and 6 piece models(only available in 3 weight and 5 weight). The six piece I found really interesting, in that most lower priced rods aren’t available in this small of package. You can pack this baby into a backpack on a hiking trip and totally forget you even have it in there. At the light weight of 3.0 oz for the 9′ 6 weight 4 piece it is a great feeling rod. One main difference between the Tempt and the Pursuit is the action. The Tempt has a slower more classic type action. If you enjoy that type of rod (I do) this might be the one for you. I have been using mine almost every day lately casting to bluegill in my backyard, when I can’t make it to the river.

Summary:

  • Slower action
  • Available in 4 or 6 piece!
  • super lightweight
  • Comes with lifetime warranty
  • Cordura rod tube included
  • Price: $189.95

Temple Fork Outfitters, Lefty Kreh Signature Series

I have had a Temple fork Lefty Kreh for at least 3-4 years now. I have been using it as a backup rod and a streamer rod, I can throw in the boat and forget about. My drift boat has a side rod holder in it where you can store rods while you are driving around. I left this rod in there for a full year only taking it out when a client on the river broke a rod, or when I was fishing on a day off. At the end of the trip I would slide it back into its home inside my boat, and not think about it until the next time. My point being that the rod holders in boats are extremely hard on rods. I was amazed every time i pulled it out of its holder that it still wasn’t broken. I drive on some pretty rough roads and needless to say it got bounced around a lot! Each time I tried to use it, I had to soak the reel in the river for a minute to loosen up some of the sand and gravel inside of it :). Durability factor 10 out of 10 in my opinion. With the standard retail price of $119.99 these are a great bargain. The action of these rods is crisp and can really chuck large flies easily.

Temple fork lefty Kreh signature series closeup view

Summary:

  • Great buy at $119.99
  • Heavier weight than the rods listed above at 3.9oz (9′ 6 weight)
  • Durability- YES-
  • Rod tube not included in the sale price
  • Nice crisp action for easy casting of the big stuff

 Echo Solo

Echo was started by Tim Rajeff in Vancouver, Washington. This is a fairly new company with a nice selection of rods. I will be totally honest and say I don’t own one of these rods. I have however casted them on a few occasions. The first time I laid my hands on one was last summer on the river, a client had one he brought for his trip. I had the opportunity to cast is a few times throughout the day and was pleasantly surprised each time. Since then I have noticed them more and more. One of my guide buddies has one he brought as a backup on a trip to the snake river throwing streamers. Due to the amount of rods in the boat and only 2 people being able to fish at a time, I left my rods in the car. I ended up using an Echo solo almost all day. Rods tend to get adopted by certain people and the Echo is the one I kept grabbing each time I got a chance to fish.

Summary:

  • Another “Barnburner” bang for your buck
  • Costs only $119.95
  • Comes with a tube and sock
  • Nice fairly fast action
  • Seems very durable
  • Weight Not listed, However it feels like its in between the Redington’s and the Temple fork listed above.

The List here of the Best fly rods for your buck, only includes the rods that I have experience with. There are a lot of other rods that I am sure are great, but I might just not have ever casted or used them.

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11 Comments

  1. shimano reels

    October 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?

    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your design.

    Kudos

  2. Jeremy Uhl

    October 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Wild Water fly fishing has a real good starter kit as well. It comes with everything you need to hit the water for about $100. The rod also has a lifetime warranty.

  3. Dub Paetz

    October 25, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Thanks Jeremy, I will check that out!

  4. fishing

    November 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I want to say that this article is awesome, greatly written and has all the bases covered.
    I would like to see more posts like this. I have been looking a rods for a long time, but I just can’t decide which one

  5. Kraig

    November 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Those temple forks are bulletproof! I have had one for years in the back of my truck getting banged around. Somehow it always works, the most indestructible rod ever

  6. Tyler

    December 26, 2015 at 12:25 am

    This is an awesome article! My first rod was a 5 weight pursuit, which has been warranty replaced with a Path. Amazing rods. I’m landed 5 pound largemouth, 18″ rainbows and smallmouth on it and it never lets me down, except.for when I step on eyelets or somethong and have to send it in.

    What are some good midranged 6 weights you recommend? Say around 300$? Needing a good streamer rod on that range. Looking at the Redington Voyant, Orvis Clearwater, and Mystic Reaper but there’s a 6 wt pursuit on eBay for next to nothing that’s tempting me.

    • Dub Paetz

      December 27, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Tyler, yes those pursuits are nice rods for the money. I’m a pretty big fan of all Redington rods. If you ever happen to see a RS4 Redington on Ebay you should try one of those. They were my favorites when they made them. My buddy is a huge fan of Mystics, nice casting rods! Any one of the rods on your list would be a good choice in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by. Dub

      • Tyler

        January 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm

        Thanks for the advice. I’ve gotten ahold of a SA GPX 6 weight line and a lamson liquid reel because I found great deals, but haven’t grabbed a rod yet. What is your opinion of the BVK? My mind isn’t made up, but now it’s between the Voyant, the Clearwater, and the BVK. I’d love to hear your opinion when you get a chance. Thanks!

        • Dub Paetz

          January 11, 2016 at 12:38 am

          Tyler, glad you found a good deal on a reel. As for the BVK temple fork rod, I’ve never casted one. After looking at their specs they are pretty light. My only gripe I had about the TFO Axiom is that it is too heavy, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the BVK’s which are 2oz lighter! @ 3.0 oz even. Looks like they are still pretty powerful rods which could cast streamers well enough and not be so hard on the wrist after a full day casting them.

          9′ 6# 4 piece rods

          Weight

          Fly rod wight has always been a big factor for me. Below are the weight stats for these rods.

          • TFO BVK rod: 3.0 oz
          • Redington Voyant: 3.3 oz
          • Orvis Clearwater: 3.62 oz

          The TFO wins in the weight category, however the only one of these rods I’ve casted recently was the Voyant (which I just pulled out of my rod pile to shake around a few minutes ago) and I used it a month or so ago on the white river in AR. I have never had experience casting the BVK’s and the Clearwater I have used a few times while showing people how to mend or whatever on the river while guiding. I did enjoy casting the Clearwater rods. Did I like them more than the Redington voyants? I’d have to have one of each next to me right now to really make the call. On that note, all I can do is go by what I can see in the information online.

          Rod Prices (MSRP)

          • BVK: $259.95
          • Voyant: $189.95
          • Clearwater: $198.00

          The prices are all close, and I’m sure any one of them could be found for much less money online.

          They all have good warranties, so that’s not really a factor.

          All of these rods are pretty strong-fast action and should have no trouble chucking large flies on windy days.

          Summary:

          Of the 3 rods you are choosing from, the only one I own is the voyant and I do like it quite a bit. I have a lot of rods in my arsenal and I find myself using it fairly often (even over some pretty pricey rods). The bottom line I guess comes down to what kind of deal you can find on one of these choices. You could always go fly shop hopping and try them out. Fly shops are always happy to let you demo rods. You could also consider going to one of the fly fishing shows taking place this winter/spring, they always have reps and booths for pretty much all rod companies at them. Casting the rods in their casting ponds would be the surefire best way to make your decision.

          I hope some of this helps you make your decision. Tight lines, Dub

          • Tyler

            January 11, 2016 at 9:51 am

            Wow, thank you for going to all that trouble to provide such an informative response! That is very helpful. I think I’ve narrowed down my choice to either the Voyant or the BVK now due to weight and the lifetime warranties on both rods, and I have had fantastic experiences with both Redington and TFO.

            Unfortunately, in my part of the country fly fishing hasn’t really caught on, so there are only a couple shops in the whole state that I know of other than big box stores. But there is a fly fishing convention nearby this month I’m going to, so I will continue doing some research and then bring my line and reel to the convention in hopes of casting some different rods there and making a decision.

            Thanks so much again for all the help! I’m honored that you took the time to share so much information!

          • Dub Paetz

            January 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

            HI, my pleasure Tyler! Have fun testing out those rods. Thanks for visiting this site, Dub

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