Should You Buy Used Fly Fishing Rods?
Yes! Buying used fly fishing rods can be a great buy.
Some people want the latest product and the latest
technology. I am guilty of this myself at times. Other people also may not have
had the success they thought they would have, or they just never made the time
investment needed to improve their casting skills.
For whatever reason, the large number of used fly fishing
rods on the market today can give a knowledgeable buyer a very good deal. If the rod is checked over carefully it could prove to be your best fly rod.
This checklist can help you find that great deal.
Inspect the Handle:
moderate pressure, see if you can twist the rod where it meets the cork
your reel to make sure it fits well in the rod's seat. The reel should not
twist in the handle.
- Do the threads on the handle show any damage? Move the lock nuts back and forth
over the threads.
the rod has a metal end cap make sure it does not have dents or
the cork dark and soiled? A clean look to the cork does not necessary
mean it hasn’t been used a lot; it can be cleaned.
Inspect the Rod:
for blemishes, scratches and consistent color in the rod. Minor
scratches are all right as long as they are not too deep.
for impact damage. Split shot or heavy flies can hit the rod during
casting and damage the rod. Run your fingers over the rod feeling for
anything different. You often can feel something that you can’t see.
Remember that these rods will act like glass; impact damage during one
outing will lead to a total breaking of the rod on a later fishing trip.
Inspect Each of the Guides:
for bent, loose or broken guides. Running a piece of cotton through and
around the guides will reveal most defects that you may not see.
a little pressure to the guides to see if they are loose.
the guides straight? Run a line through all the guides. Are they spaced
the guides have inserts make sure they are not cracked.
the wrappings around the guides. Is the finish on the wraps cracked or
inspect the wrappings. Quality rods have thread wraps where cheap rods
are taped and pinstriped to look like thread. Also look for a neat and
clean epoxy coating.
Inspect the Ferrules (where the rod sections join):
check for any cracks. The condition of the hollow end is especially
the male and female ends together and make sure the joint is not loose.
the rod a shake to make sure it feels right.
Other Questions to Ask or Think About:
it come with the original case?
Some rods did not come with cases.
you cast it before you buy it?
Tips When Buying Used Fly Fishing Rods on eBay
the seller how the rod was used. Was it used in fresh and saltwater? The
rod may not have been designed for saltwater. The steel parts could be
if there have been any repairs made to the rod. Did the factory make them?
for detailed pictures.
about the condition of the rod using the checklist above.
seller’s answers to your questions could give you a good idea whether the
seller knows what they are talking about or if they are hiding something.
they have the warranty card? Most won’t but it is worth asking.
The Only Downside
The only downside is that most manufacturers do not honor
their warranty to anyone other than the original owner. This is not a problem
for me, especially if I just paid less than half the retail price.