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 5 out of 5 by Nink Excellent Choice
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by Baldeagle Great Entry Product
This is a great entry-level product for the budding fly fisherman. The two piece design keeps the rod simple and the rod & reel matching is perfect. I bought the 6 wt outfit for trout fishing and it performed superbly. This is a small arbor reel, however, so it does increase the chance of loops in your line. After half an hour, though, I saw no effect on the line at all. Overall, I was very pleased with my experience with this outfit and I would recommend it highly.
April 4, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by DwightSpecht Good Value
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by reelsmith Great Starter Outfit!
I wanted to give fly fishing a try and this was the outfit recommended by the staff at the Savannah GA store. Great choice! I am still learning, but I can say that all components are high quality and user friendly. The rod is light and has a great action. The reel is smooth and the drag is very smooth. I have caught several bream and a couple of bass on it and it has done its job perfectly. I would tell anyone wanting to get into fly fishing to give this outfit a try. You won't be disappointed.
February 2, 2009
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!