Shu-Fly Fly Rod Review – 9′, 8wt, 7pc, Fast Action – Retail $125
Capt. Greg DeVault and I recently went to a large outdoor show up North and we’re always on the lookout for stuff that is unique, affordable, and works for us. We ran across Shu-Fly rods and their owner, Skip Storch. We really like what Skip had to say about his rods. Be sure to read on after the break if your looking for a quality fly rod at an affordable price.
Skip Storch has owned a fly/tackle shop up North for quite some time and he’s sold top shelf rod/reel manufacturers for years. He has felt that for quite some time that many rods just weren’t worth the price tag. So Skip set out to build a rod himself that he would be proud to use but wouldn’t break the bank.
Skip doesn’t hide the fact that his rods are made in china (like many other top shelf rod manufacturers). Where Skip has an advantage is that he knows Chinese fluently. He can speak to the component manufacturers in their own language and get the best deal possible.
The rod we’ve reviewed here is a 9′, 8wt, 7pc, fast action rod. It is very versatile. It has a very fast action with a strong backbone. It is a 7 piece build so it is very easy to travel with. It comes with it’s own hard bodied travel case and packs away very nicely.
It uses an IM8 blank, Fuji guides and has a 2 butt system. One rod butt is very short to enable you to cast in tight situations, such as in a kayak, and has a longer rod but to help you fight those bigger fish.
Whether you’re fishing for redfish, snook, trout or any number of inshore game fish, this rod will fit the bill and won’t break the bank. After talking to the owner and builder of these rods, Capt. Greg and I are sold on them. There’s a good chance we’ll be using them on all of our fly charters in 2012 and beyond.
Shu-Fly makes many models of fly rod; from 4wt stream rods to 10-12wt tarpon rods. Many different weights, actions, pieces…. etc. I encourage you to check out their site and see if there’s a rod for you.