Which Fly rod should I get?

I am looking for a 5-6 wt. 8’6" 2 to 4 section rod. I use it for river trout with fly sizes ranging between #12 to #18. I would like to spend less than 0 for the rod. I have narrowed it down to the following rods:

Orvis Clearwater II (

St. Croix Imperial (

Cabela’s LSi (|/pc/104793480/c/104764680/sc/105573780/Cabelas-LSi-Fly-Rods/1089200.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffishing-fishing-rods-fly-fishing-rods%2F_%2FN-1104841%2B10000052%2FNe-10000052%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105573780%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat104793480%253Bcat104764680%26WTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104793480%3Bcat104764680%3Bcat105573780)

Please let me know if you have any opinion on which of these rods would be best or any other rods you would recommend. Thanks.

2 Responses to “Which Fly rod should I get?”

  1. Roger says:

    The Orvis will be an easier rod to cast accurately, because it is a little slower action than the St Croix or Cabelas high modulus models. Conversely the Orvis will be more difficult to get added distance the higher speed rods are designed for. A little practice with any of these models will result in satisfactory performance in any situation.

    All three are good values for the cost.

  2. Erik says:

    I would go with the Orvis Clearwater, Orvis is a great fly fishing brand with quality products.

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