This Team Tuesday is about you guys, the end users of the Manic Tackle products. While we can assume that everything is honky dory out there in consumer-land it's always reassuring to get feedback from the team members on the ground that are buying and using the stuff.
Here's a recent email that turned up in our inbox that will help us keep on doing what we love to do so much:
I thought I would give you guys some product feedback I started fly fishing just over a year ago and after some research purchased the #6 Airflo Tactical package based on specifications and price as a starting point. This combo served me well through the spring and summer and I was able to catch a number of fish with this gear without any failures. By the end of the summer I had upgraded the reel to a Lamson Konic with Super Dri line.
After the good experience I had with the Tactical I decided to get another Airflo rod in #8 for winter fishing the Tongariro. This time I went for the Bandit combo. I was very impressed by the Bandit, it is a fast rod and I really like casting it. I also wanted to have a go at wet lining as an alternative to casting the heavy bombs so I got a spool with Streamer Max line on it.
The Bandit rod and Streamer Max line enabled me to cover a lot of water without the worry of being smacked in the head by a heavy nymph making fishing really enjoyable particularly when I was able to find quiet , unoccupied areas on the river. I managed to land my first two Tongariro trout on this set up from deep holes below the main bridge.
Undoubtedly I will go on to purchase more expensive equipment however these mid-price combos have been a great way to get into fly fishing at a much lower cost than buying the individual items while still getting quality, well designed products.