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    Powell fly rods

    Has anyone ever fished with the edge or tiboron II series rods? I've read good reviews, but haven't tried them out. Anyone hear anything about the new Tiboron XL series Powell is putting out? From what I hear its replacing both the edge and tiboron II. As always your thoughts are appreciated.

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    Re: Powell fly rods

    Powell seems to have become a pretty insignificant rod company, which is too bad considering their legacy with bamboo. At last I heard, they lost all their retail distribution in the USA except for the discount magazine Sierra Trading Post. I just looked on their website and they have some stores for their bass rods, but apparently not their trout rods. They still make bamboo with a 4-6 month wait.

    I would not purchase a trout rod from them at this time. They seem to be in trouble and who knows if they'll be around much longer to live up to their waranty.

    In my humble opinion, of course.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    THey actually intentionally did away with retailers and rely on faithful customers buying directly from them so they can maintain their standards at a little more reasonable price... 500-600 bucks instead of 6-8... or at least that's the company line. The tiboron II still gets great reviews.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    You eastern guys are killing me!!! Press Powell, son of Walton Powell and grandson of EC Powell was 'swindled' (my opinion) out of their family name and business by Charles Schwab in 1996. Basically, the Powells were forced out and are no longer allowed to manufacture fly rods and are not involved with the current Schwab operation. All so-called 'Powell' fly rods are now imported from China, including their high-end rods. Why would anybody spend $500 on a rod imported from China which probably cost $40 to import??? Anybody who knowingly purchases a Schwab-era rod from Powell should be ashamed of themselves! But maybe I'm being too harsh.

    In any event, I'm sure poor EC and Walton are turning over in their graves right now!


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    Smile Re: Powell fly rods

    I have an old, 30 years or more, Walton Powell fly rod model SH 85 for line sizes 9: 10: 11: 12. Never Used and still in the original material case and tube. Anyone have an idea what it's worth? the Decal on the Tube show it's from Walton, as does the rod signature itself, in Chico, Ca.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    In the midst of these big earth shattering opinions, legitimate product questions, and Huge Hyperbolic Assumptions based upon chatter amongst individuals who seem to think they are in the know but aren't, and because they read something one sided on the web. I’ll try and answer the basic info that’s being talked about here in terms of product, a little about the company, and just a note or two of the past. After that, if you’re unable to move forward because you enjoy rolling around in the mud with hogs, then you’ll just stay muddy. Further, I seldom get on these boards, however, after finding this one, I decided to correct the Hyperbole and answer the genuine consumer questions, and set the record straight whether some of you like it or not.

    First-I own the company and have worked for the company for 10 yrs so I guess you can pick on me. I have no affiliation anymore with ANY of the past owners. What I will tell you is that Press Powell himself told me personally before he passed that I was doing a good job and to keep it up, enough said on that. Jim Clarkson is a great guy and a great rod assembly guy. The difference between him and us is we are Powell, and we make and or assemble every aspect of our rods, from the blank, the butt and to the tip top and everything in between.

    Second-Schwab is worth how much—He didn’t need the money, this was a classic case of you know what . In fact, I hear with the weather in the bay area being as cold as it has been lately, that that old attorney, now has his own hands in his own pockets for once, what’s that tell you, must not be many ambulances running around. Plus, if you noticed, there are always 2 sides to a story and now, and who cares, enough said there too.

    The business—We are growing so fast right now (Hope it continues) as a result of great products but most of all, great consumers. and we are doing it in the way in which Powell family always wanted to do it, which was to become a well rounded rod company, and that’s what we are and will continue to try and do. We are a rod company; we make fishing rods, and that’s just what we do. Fly rods, Bass rods, etc. With much more to come. So if anyone is wondering if their warranty is going to be honored or taken care of, please know, you have nothing to worry about because we will always take care of our product and stand behind it. If there’s some that think we are insignificant or in trouble then great, because we aren’t going to bat 1,000 and we want supporters, so that just reduced our batting average a little, and that’s okay by us and they have every right to wonder about whatever they want.

    Good info on the dealer statement and about taking care of our customers I appreciate that, but---No we didn’t intentionally do away with retailers forever nor did we want to, what we did was to shift our strategy and broaden the company’s distribution with more products so eventually when we came back to the stores we could offer our same great high performance and high quality products at the best prices without any compromise, because we buy so much raw material and components in bulk, so it reduces our overall costs, therefore allowing us to pass on that savings to the consumer. I’m as American as it gets, and with our design team here in the states and our manufacturing overseas we are able to implement this strategy. If you don’t like it that’s your right, and that’s all good with us and we understand.

    All I can tell you is that I appreciate the Powell conversation because there will always be sides, and man, especially with a company’s that will be 100yrs old in 2 more years, there’s a lot in that closet over the years. Just think about how old you are, and how much is in your own closets, including mine, for those of you squawking? I will always call a spade a spade. Think about it, do you really think that after a company has been around for this long as this one has and will be that there won’t always be someone who will want to carry on this tradition and take care of its customers? And guess what, the warranty, innovative designs through rigorous R & D will always happen, at least under my watch and it’s happening now. For those of you who have and continue to support us, we thank you and appreciate you very much. For the one’s that don’t yet fish our rods, and for the one’s that never will, there’s always a place here for you here if you decide to give us a try. If not, please know we understand know that this is what brand loyalty is all about, and that’s a great thing. There are many great company’s out there, so enjoy it and get off the couch and from out behind the computer every once in a while and be a participant. I was always told to be very careful when you point your finger at someone or something, because almost always, there’s more fingers pointing back at yourself, so be careful who you are criticizing because in the end, we are all human and none of us are perfect.

    Strap in boys it’s now going to start getting real fun here at Powell.

    Thank you very much and if you took the time to read this, I appreciate your time. I will not go back forth on the board here, like it or not. If you would like to discuss further, visit online at powellco.com and call the number listed there.

    Happy Fishing

    Keith Bryan

    Owner
    President
    Powell Products, Inc.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    I have to say guys...There's nothing I like more than listing to a business owner toot his own horn.

    Cdog


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    I think its unfortunate that they're down to only one line of fly rods, and not a particularly diverse line at that. With all the rod companies that have oved produciton overseas, that doesn't bother me as much I guess, as the apparent elimination of the fly rod consumer at Powell. The tiboron II is a very good rod. I've casted one on a number of occasions. But that rods gone from the line up. Everything is 9 foot and super fast action. Well what about all the pople who like 10 foot and med.-fast action, or 8 feet and a deep flex with a quick tip recovery. I'm not knocking powell. They seem to be doing very well in the bass rod business. Just diappointed to see fly fishing be slowly eliminated from their business.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    If you think Jim Clarkson is a "Rod Assembly Guy", that only illustrates how naive you actually are. He has more experience than anybody that works at "Schwab Rod" and you would be LUCKY to have him in your employ. He might even teach you guys how to make a rod! Also, (unlike your company's rods) he has a spine. Btw, your company is not almost 100 years old, just the name. YOUR company is about 19 years old. Btw, I have a 10' powell legacy with a broken tip built by Press Powell. Can I send it in to the "Powell" company and have it fixed? No, I cant. The new Powell company doesn't honor the old lifetime warranty of the old company. But hey! You guys are coming up on 100years! You call yourself the same company, but you don't honor the warranties of the company whose integrity you claim to have kept in tact. I can tell you first hand, that E.C., Walton, And Press Powell NEVER had a rod made in China, you "all American" business owner. If you guys are gonna get a rod, buy a real Powell rod on eBay or craigslist. Keep your eyes open and they pop up all the time. One way you can tell is by the Logo. If it says Powell and it has a "Nike-type" swooshy circle around the name Powell on the rod, don't buy it. I'm not saying they make good or bad rods, I'm just saying they're made in China and Assembled in so-cal at the "Powell rod company". Feel free to get back to me about that legacy Mr. President.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    You know it's the dead of winter when folks start bringing back zombie threads from years past....

    A sinking fly is closer to Hell - ​Unknown

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    Re: Powell fly rods

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    You know it's the dead of winter when folks start bringing back zombie threads from years past....
    Cabin fever, that'll do it to you. Only one cure, got to get out and fish.


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    Re: Powell fly rods

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    Cabin fever, that'll do it to you. Only one cure, got to get out and fish.
    Or sit in the hot tub in a blizzard with a case of beer. Both are good

    A sinking fly is closer to Hell - ​Unknown

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