I really didn't want to spend more than $50 for a fiberglass rod. I scoured Ebay since the fly show and searched Craigslist. Nothing fit what I was looking for. I decided to give the Featherlight a try again. I tried this rod once in the past but I was only able to fish it once before it lost a battle with a car window. That rod was the 3wt version.
From most of the reviews I read the 7ft 5/6wt seems to be the most preferred. You can find the rod online for under $25, that's including shipping. The rod arrived today and I had a chance to look it over.
What I first noticed about the rod was how sturdy it felt. For the price I thought it would be chincy and fragile. If you're into cosmetics this isn't the rod for you. The paint around the ferule looks like it was done with a spray gun. Another spot had paint missing where it looked chipped off. The wraps aren't the greatest either.
You don't buy this stick for it's looks. For the price I don't think you can beat this rod. It's not the prettiest thing you'll cast but it does the trick. This part confused me a little.
I thought this rod was made in China. A sticker indicating that was on the bottom of the reel seat. So now I'm wondering if the blank is made in CO and everything else came from China. It would be nice to believe the rod was made in the US but in all honesty I don't care.
I'm looking forward to testing this rod out. It will be fun to see what white bass, crappie and bass do to this rod. It's going to be a spare rod and something I have the kids use. If they like the rod enough at this price they can both have one.