World record-breaking outfits at an entry level price. Two-piece 4- thru 6-weight rods feature western-style grip, while 7- and 8-weight two-piece rods come standard with Full Wells grip and removable fighting butt. Outfit includes everything you'll need to start fishing: Dogwood Canyon disc drag fly reel, weight-forward floating Hobbs Creek fly line, Magibraid backing, a tapered leader, and a protective rod sock.
Rated 1 out of 5 by NotSure1 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by jsnyd4 nice
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by doover12 very pleased
bought this 8 weight combo for bass in fl. lakes and streams. for the price, its thebest fishing equip. i have bought as a beginer or pro,
April 13, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by FlyRodRyan Bad Purchase
The reel is great. It is a lot like some of the orvis reels i own. The rod isn't good. First off i had a 5wt 9ft and it was to wippy and hard to cast streamers and it broke when i caught a bigger fish. Do not get any white river fly shop rod because they are ok the first couple of days but not good for any longer. Trust me i have a lot of experiance and these rods are terrible.
January 16, 2012
All of the Dogwood Canyon rods are pretty much moderate action. This was my first fly rod I owned, and it is pretty much a whip compared to what I fish with now. It's going to be a very moderate action, any weight you get in this rod.
I will primarily be fishing for large and smallmouth bass, white bass and crappie, im also interested in a fly rod for catching salmon, but i understand that the difference in size between crappie and salmon is pretty great so there wont really be a rod thats good for both of them. however id stil like to find a rod that would give me a remote chance of catching these fish, so what size rod would that be?
It really depends on which you will be fishing for more, crappie or salmon. If you mostly fish crappie but go for salmon once in a while, I'd suggest a 5 or 6 wt. If you're gonna fish for salmon more often than bass/crappie, I'd use a 8 wt ish. Tight lines
I personally bought the 5 weight, 9ft outfit and couldn' be happier. I've used it for Smallies, bluegill, crappie and I got a couple carp on it as well. It's lasted over a year and still going strong. Worth the $100 price tag.
Your best all around sized rod for the wide range of fish you described is a 9' 5 wt. Any smaller and bass will take you for a ride. Any bigger it's going to feel like a pool cue tugging on a crappie. I have caught anything from a bluegill to a large bass on a 9' 5wt and it handles that range nicely.
I would step up to a TFO Professional Series rod and one of the BPS reels, maybe the Hobbs Creek. You will wear out the Dogwood Canyon set up pretty quickly. It's a pretty cheap set up, although priced accordingly.
It will depend on the size of the salmon you're trying to catch. If you're not going after the 40lb kings of Alaska and just sticking with 10 lbers then try the white river fly shop Dogwood Canyon pre-assembled outfit in a 8wt. It should work out great.
Probably gonna need to look more towards a 9 ft 8 wt rod and reel set up. I would look towards the Hobbs Creek set up or even the TFO Pro Series with the Hobbs Creek Reel. The Dogwood Canyon is just really cheap. I started with it, and it didn't last at all before I had to go get a Hobbs Creek reel, and eventually a TFO/Okuma set up.
Maybe try the Heat Fly Rods or Temple Fork Outfitters Signature II Rods. Also instead of buying a whole new reel maybe consider filling one of your reels with gelspun backing which is thinner and will increase spool capacity for those Mack Trucks
Depending on the size of the carp you are catching, I'd be hard pressed to think anything under an 8 or 9 weight is going to even phase a carp. The one's we have in Arizona are absolutely enormous, and I wouldn't want to get one on a fly rod. You might have to look at TFO or another good, inexpensive manufacturer for a stronger rod.
The Dogwood Canyon series is a great rod and reel combo to start out fly fishing. It is very forgiving and will last you for a good while until you decide to get a new combo. Or you can be perfectly happy keeping this one, it will serve you for a long time.
Depends on what you are fishing for. I would get the 9 ft 5 wt as a standard. If youare going to be fishing smaller streams and creeks I would say maybe an 8 ft 3-4 wt. And honestly, for and extra $75 I would get the TFO Pro Series with the Hobbs Creek Reel they sell at BP. Much better than the Dogwood Canyon. My Dogwood Canyon reel I started out with lasted a few afternoons before it was shot.
More than likely yes. you would have to strip the line and reel it back on the reel in the other direction. and you would also have to change the drag around to make it left handed. can be easily done with the triangle click drag, might be a little more difficult if it is an internal drag in which youd have to change the bearings around.
Yeah this combo should work okay. Make sure you rinse off the reel and rod every time after you use it in saltwater. Also I'd recommend getting a saltwater fly line as the freshwater fly line will not have an ideal taper for casting in saltwater but if you don't mind it won't be a problem. Good luck!