Originally Posted by maineguideman
The Tuna guys buy all kinds of Asian rods reels lures flourocarbon etc and dont even bat a eyelash about it.
Because nothing made outside of Japan comes anywhere CLOSE to comparing to rods such as Smith, SevenSeas, Zenaq, etc. and the braided lines coming out of Japan make anything made in Colorado (Western Filaments makes most of the braid here and it simply has various brand names on it) look pitiful. Stella and Saltiga spinning reels are way ahead of the competition, and so for and so on.
The objective for me, is to have the best equipment possible. If I'm vertical jigging or tossing poppers, I want Smith rods, which are Japanese. Their makers have a passion about the sport and put forth some serious effort to advance the craft.
I have a very tough time thinking that the workers in some small factory in China rolling Temple Fork, Powell, etc. fly rods give a rats hind end about fly fishing whereas I personally know employees at both Sage and Loomis who are avid fly fishers and are trying to build the best possible rods (yes, I'm aware that Loomis is owned by Shimano but the upper-end rods are still made in WA).
The companies that sell Chinese fly rods here in the U.S. are not having their products made in China because they are better if built there, they are simply doing it to shave cost - and it typically shows.....from about ten feet away!
There are some nice products out of Europe, but I've yet to see or cast a Chinese fly rod that does anything for me (if TFO rods cost what Sage/Loomis/Winston rods did, they'd never have sold their first rod). When they start building rods that are better than what is made here, I'll be all over it. However, I want the best there is and for now, that isn't Chinese.
I don't 'hate' overseas fly rods, I've just yet to cast a good one.