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  • Moonshine Rod Co

     ToxicTung updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • ToxicTung

    Member
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Anyone own a moonshine rod? My local fly shop carries them, and I’m in the market for a new rod. They’re works of art, but how do they feel when fishing them? If you have one, what weight is it, are you only trout fishing, and how long have you had it? What reel did you pair with yours? Anyone ever used the warranty, and how was that experience? Thanks for any input!

  • NoahtheRed

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I’ve only cast one of their 5wt rods a little bit but they’re not bad. The action was as described and while it didn’t have any surprises…it also didn’t have any surprises either, if that makes sense. They’re overseas-made blanks that are finished up over here in the states. The quality felt good and they do admittedly look great. They offer a good warranty, though one has to wonder if they have the longevity to be able to support it. Again though, you can find better deals on better rods backed by companies with pedigrees/histories. I get the feeling they’re trying to get a big enough operation going to start making they’re own blanks stateside, so I get it.

    Full disclosure, I may pick one up on sale since they’re a Virginia-based company give it a whirl. Worst case scenario, I have a loaner rod. If you’ve got some available locally, cast them a little bit and see what you think. If you are shopping in that price range though, look at TFO Pro II, Fenwick Aetos, and Redington Vice as well. All three of those are killer lower-intermediate level rods for a great price.

  • thaweatherman

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I use the Epiphany and for a long time I liked it, but the longer I’ve used it the more I’ve noticed it is tip heavy. It’s still a fine rod for the price, and having the extra tip is handy. I can’t speak to their other rods.

  • anti76hero

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I’ve got a 6wt. I fell for the marketing hype. It’s ok, I don’t like it. I agree with the action being as described, and nothing else line. You can spend the same or less money, and get a better rod. Imo

  • bradenfire

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I owned the drifter rod, I ended up selling it to a buddy not long after owning it. I did not like how it felt at all! I ended up buying a diamondback fly rod for about the same price and have loved it. It’s now my go to rod over my more expensive ones.

  • unsuccessfulangler

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Check out a sage foundation or redington vice, 2 very nice sticks. If you go vice you’ll have money left for a really nice line, or beer.

  • jbrock6383

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I have their euro nymph rig 10’6″ 2 wt. It does what it needs to do! It’s not my best rod, but it has caught it’s fair share of browns.

  • fishyphotos

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Marketing hype for sure

  • Quick_Chowder

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Marketing hype. You can get a better rod for the price.

    If your shop has them go cast one.

  • jfred17

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Never fished them but I know the blanks because I use some of the same ones. If you are in the market, I also create works of art, one of a kind, custom fly rods.

    http://www.yellowfinrods.com

  • Ty-McFly

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Most of the reviews you’ll find are from people who received them via pro deal, so just be aware of that when researching. Those aside, everything I’ve heard has been not so good. I don’t personally own one of their rods.

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