I figured I’d update a post from a while ago about budget rods for bonefishing.
In truth, the rod is way less importance for bonefishing than the reel. If you have cash-eesh to spend, spend it on the reel. What you have over, spend on the rod. Here are some options that I’m pretty comfortable recommending.
Redington has really emerged as of late as a price leader. Their gear is serviceable and workman-like. You won’t impress the pants off your buddies at the fly shop with your Redington, but then, the fish are less label conscious.
Echo continues to be one of the least promoted rod companies out there. I seem to never hear about them, but what I’ve seen of them, I’ve liked.
I’ve been a fan of the Rise Company for a while. They are the little guys, the newcomers and it is hard not to root for the underdog.
- The good ole’ standby, the Professional Series from TFO at $160.
- The GPX from Alright is $114. You just have to get past the “70% off” thing. The prices you see are the regular prices.
There are rods that sell for almost $800 and those are fine, fine sticks. I’ve fished some of those and I can attest to how magnificent they cast. If my payday ever arrives, I may own several such rods. For now, when I’m looking for a rod to buy, I don’t look for the rods in the $750 area, I’m more interested in what value might be found in the lower ranges. Luckily, we anglers live in a good age. There are a lot of options at a variety of price points. There are even rods to be had south of $200. These rods will catch bonefish. They may not be the equal of the $750 rod, but, in a pinch (and when you are pinching pennies) they will do the job.