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Rugged Creek Review… Sort of…

Photo Credit: Ryan Brennecke

Photo Credit: Ryan Brennecke

A month or so ago Rugged Creek sent me a couple rods, reels and some fly line to test out. I did, but before I mention anything I should say something – my thoughts on them could now be seen as biased. Between testing these new items and reviewing their Classic Switch Rod awhile back, read review - here, I’ve gotten to know them and them me. During a recent conversation they asked me to join their team. After some deliberation, I accepted the offer.

That being said, and before I say anything else, I would like to celebrate by offering a 10% discount and free shipping within the Continental U.S. on your Rugged Creek order. Just call them with your order and tell them Troy sent you. Currently, a promo code is in the works to enter at checkout on their site… but until then give the ol’ fashion way a go. It’ll save you money and you’ll talk to good folks in the process. Head over to Rugged Creek – here and make your list then contact Jake at 208-760-0937 to place your order. This offer is for the entire month of September, 2013. Share this with friends and family, let them know how to get the deal too. Feel free to contact me – [email protected] for further questions.

Photo Credit: Ryan Brennecke

Photo Credit: Ryan Brennecke

What follows might sound and seem sales pitchy but I wouldn’t have joined their team if I didn’t think of them as reputable. Additionally, I don’t claim to be the ultimate “fishy dude” or a “world renowned” caster but I know what works well and have gotten good feed back from people I’ve fished with and have tried these rods. First, their good honest folks who love fishing and are budget minded. Second, they recently added a line of single hand rods that really perform. The 5wt is a great all around rod that can cast close in accurately. Nevertheless, if you wish to impress your buddies in the parking lot and launch a smooth long line with a massive double haul, it can do that too. The 7wt has been doing great with big bug demands, stripping streamers to browns and popping mousers to bass. Third, they teamed up with Steve Godshall to work on line devolvement… can’t really go wrong with that. Forth, their Classic and new NXS switch rods are good little sports car rods. Whether it be for nymphing or swinging they’re fun and easy to cast and fish. Fifth, they listen to criticism and look to improve on every step. To me, it just seems smart to get in early with such a company.

Not much of a review because… well I’m affiliated. I’ll leave it at that.


Double Dose on the f3t

The f3t film tour arrived in Bend with great reception last week. It sold out on the first night and nearly sold out on the second. There were good times had, some good beers drank and great people met. All capped off with a nice Cragganmore 12yr single malt (thanks to 900 Wall for the after party and shelving good Scotch). Regrettably I was unable to take a good panoramic shot, apparently I have a lot more fiddling and learning to do with the new camera as shown here.f3t 180'_1I was privileged to hang around and help at the Dechutes TU table which allowed me to meet and talk to a lot of great people. Was also able to yuck it up with the guys from Fly and Field for a bit; always entertaining in-itself.

With the first night being sold out I didn’t get much of a chance to catch most of the films. However, the second night was more viewing friendly. I was glad the film package shown in Bend included Hit ‘em Again Doc, the sequel to Doc of the Drakes. I heard different film packages are shown at different venues. Apparently the Doc film isn’t in all the film packages, which is unfortunate. That’s one film I wouldn’t want to miss. Hank Patterson was hilarious as usual. I thought Urban Lines was a great inspirational piece about how we see our waters. Seeing Fall Run really got me jonesing to go Steelheading. I would think anyone living in the Pacific Northwest who watches that film would be hard-pressed to not want to go searching for some chrome.

If you get a chance, go see the tour. Get out, meet new people, laugh with old friends and watch some films. I mean, if you’re not out fishing then you might as well watch fishing.


Rugged Creek Switch Rod Review

I get asked by friends to take them fly fishing a lot. It always starts with the ubiquitous phrase “I always wanted to do that; can you take me sometime?” which translates to “I want to ‘try’ that but don’t have any of the gear; will you let me bash around in the woods flogging water with your gear?” At first I didn’t take anyone, not for the lack of wanting to, but for the lack of extra gear. But as I up graded a few rods and reels I kept the older ones for people who want to ‘try’ it. For a handful of people I save a small sum of money they would have lost getting the gear just to ‘try’ the sport. So when I got into steelheading I started getting requests for a tag along on that too. When I came across the Rugged Creek Switch Rod deal I thought it would be a good ‘extra’ rod to lend out for steelhead ‘attempts’ that wouldn’t break my bank. Rugged Creek package

In short, given the price of the combo, I think it’s a decent rod with a better than expected reel. The line on the other hand wasn’t something I would choose.

For spey style casting the rod loads and casts better with a 575gr head weight with a 55ft head length than with the line it came with. It handles a 450gr 24ft head skagit line fine as well. If your hucking big nymphs with lined up split shots, the line it came with is good enough. Rugged Creek reelThe reel is what really caught my attention as well as others I’ve handed it to. I’ve noticed it’s virtually the same reel companies like Allen Fly Fishing and Wetfly are selling. It’s a nice looking, light-ish, truly large arbor reel that balances this and other rods well. The drag sets smooth and easy. However, since I haven’t hooked into a steelhead while fishing this setup, I’m yet to really test the drag on the reel; it feels like it would do just fine but I’m waiting for a steelie on the run to really test it. The rod’s length is good, at 11’3″ it allows for good line control and spey casting, but for the huck and duck single hand nypmhing style you might tire towards the end of the day. I find the rod to be on the slower side of fast action. Not a medium-fast but just a ‘marginally-slower’ fast. On the down side, I’m not a fan of the fly Rugged Creek hook carriagecarriage….perhaps a weird thing… but I would much rather see a simple loop than something that swivels. Additionally, I would rather have a rod tube than a rod and reel case, but again, that’s me.

Disclaimer: I received this combo to test and review. These are my own opinions. I am in no way sponsored or endorsed by Rugged Creek. However, when I tried to ship it back after testing it they were gracious enough to let me keep it.

Addendum: Since this post I have joined the Rugged Creek team. The above review was written and posted prior to my affiliation to the company and has not changed from it’s original since. Read my announcement of joining the team and find out how to get a 10% discount and free shipping within the Continental U.S. on your Rugged Creek order for September, 2013 – here

This post stems from a discussion and review post I did on Oregon Fishing Forum