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Best Fly fishing Values – Saltwater Fly Rods 2020

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This year we released our best fly-fishing values series for Saltwater rods. Though we have stepped up the game slightly and are only recommending Saltwater rods that we have used or enjoyed. As we are aware that there is 100s of great rods out there this is our top picks for 2020. Based upon, industry, performance, and value in total. Enjoy the Fly-fishing best bet values saltwater rods pick for 2020.

Best Premium Value

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 Scott Fly Rods:  Sector

Price: $ 985

Weight: 7 -15

Lengths: 8’4 -9’0

Action: Fast

Tube: Yes

Warranty: Scott Lifetime

Notes: This rod won Best of show IFTD 2019

The recently launched and well awarded Scott Sector takes this year’s top place. The Sector features a fast, light-weight four-piece saltwater rod. The finish in the rod is, of course, Scott’s famous un-sanded finish. But with many new upgrades, such as a full titanium snake guides and Ceracoil stripping guides. The real seat is aluminum and flor-grade cork. New fighting butts and Scott’s amazing craftsmanship.

Best Mid Value

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 G Loomis: NRX Saltwater

Price: $ 895

Weights: 7-12

Lengths: 9’0

Action: Fast

Tube: Yes

Warranty: Yes

G Loomis came out with some serious kickass rods for 2020! We love the NRX Saltwater rod. The new four-piece saltwater rod features a 15% lighter rod than the previous NRX model. With many new technologies put into this rod some of which are the resins, materials and tapers allowing anglers to make tighter loops while having the rod to recover faster, again due to the new compound tapers. Also included are titanium SIC strip guides, hook keeper, aluminum and walnut reel seat, triple-a cork grip, rod tube, all hand-crafted in the USA.

Best Entry Value

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Sage: Payload

Price: $ 550

Weights: 7-11

Lengths: 8’9 -9’0

Action: fast

Tube: Yes

Warranty: Sage’s mail-in warranty

Notes: Chucking big fly’s all-day look at this rod

That’s right, Sages Payload is paying off big time for Sage in 2020. The four-piece Payload features Sage’s kinetic technology incorporated into a beautiful tannin blank colour which is an extremely fast action rod. The oversized hard chromed snake guides from the top tip are new for Sage in this rod build and we like it.  Also included are the heavy-duty aluminum lock reel seat, super plus full wells cork handle and a cork composite fighting butt. Complete with a nylon ballistic rod tube.

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