White River Fly Shop Dogwood Canyon Fly Outfits
Bought this rod (9' 5 wt) in January 09. Fished both the lower Chattahoochee (mostly 9" 'Bows), drifted the Hooch closer to Buford (all browns) and did a trophy trout trip on Noontootla Creek (20 - 25" bows and browns). Rod and reel did great. I plan on taking it down to Callaway in May to do some small bass and panfish.
For the value, this is a great combo. Some thoughts:
1. The rod is a little "whippy" especially when you compare it to a top end Orvis rod. However, its about 1/10 of the price and, after a few uses, I got used to it.
2. The leader is nail knotted to the line. To make things easier, I cut off most of the leader, make the last 2 inches into a loop and use that as a line-to-leader loop connector.
3. The rod is a two piece, so it can be a little hard to store and travel. Very much suggest you buy one of the inexpesive White River hard cases with it (I think they are about $40 or so).
March 23, 2009
i have alot of flyrods most of them are past the entry level of rods. i replaced my berkley with a dogwood canyon and was surprised at how it loads the line and preforms. it is somewhat faster than my old berkley and you can throw nice tight loops. my wife also has gotten into fly fishing and she really loves hers. i will buy more in the future when in the market.
January 7, 2013
Piece of junk
Well, first of all, the outfit is shown as a right hand retrieve, which is what I wanted, but it is actually a left hand retrieve, so you have to follow the instructions to reverse it. Anyway, the reel worked fine on the first trip, but completely locked up before I could make my first cast on the second trip. Fortunately, I had a back up reel, but then the screw things on the rod cinched up on me and I ended up breaking my second reel trying to unseat it. It was a great day to fish (no wind and the fish were really active), but the day was completely ruined because of this outfit. Bass Pro is off my Christmas card list.
January 10, 2013
I was working on a very limited budget and am rather amateurish as a fly fisherman. I generally fish a 5 weight for bluegills just for the enjoyment, i.e. I would not call myself an avid fly fisherman with the finesse of stalking wary trout with precise presentations. For lack of better term I am a fly fishing hacker after the always willing bluegill who provides a lot of fight and hours of fun. However I was heading for the Canadian wilderness and some smallmouth and pike fishing. I knew my 5 weight would be far to light so I needed an inexpensive 8 weight that would also not compromise on quality. The Dogwood Canyon™ Fly outfit I purchased more than came through for me. EXCELLENT CHOICE that I highly recommend.
May 14, 2009