T&T  Avantt    9’ 5-weight       $825.00

T&T Avantt

T&T Avantt

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George's Notes:

This exciting new rod from Thomas and Thomas just blew us away.  It’s a huge step up from some of their past rods that haven’t performed as well in our prior Shootouts.  The Avantt has a very light swing weight, and feels just terrific in my hand.  But don’t let the light swing weight fool you - it has an abundance of power that produces terrific mid to long-range performance.   

This is a fast action rod, and stiffer than most 5-weights, including the LP and Zephrus.  The only thing that detracted from its performance was the lack of feel at short range in comparison to the three top rods.  Amazingly, the short distance accuracy was extremely good, despite the lack of feel.

This is a very handsome rod with typical unsurpassed craftsmanship we have come to expect from T&T.  It gets one of the perfect scores for craftsmanship.  One look at the guides and how they are finished and you’ll agree that this is perfection.  No one does guide wraps and coatings better than T&T!   

The blank itself has an attractive dark, flat blue, non-glare finish.  The wraps are a slightly lighter blue.  The cork handle is more perfection with very high quality narrow cork rings like we see on the G. Loomis Asquith.  The grip is a half wells style with a slight flare at the back but very little swell in the middle with a gradual taper towards the top.  This all feels very comfortable to me.  The subdued silver anodized single uplocking seat with a bluish colored insert complements the blank color.   The guides start out with one SiC stripper, followed with silver hard chrome snake guides that are small and light up on the tip.  All of this combines for a very classy looking rod to go hand in hand with superior performance.  


The perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  19.1 points out of 20

Felt great in my hand – nice and light.  The accuracy was especially good but the lack of feel didn’t allow it to perform as well as the best rods.  In heads to head casting, the Asquith felt slightly better in close. 

Performance at 45 feet:  19.5 points out of 20 Silky smooth with nice tight loops and excellent accuracy.  Very close to the best rods but I still gave the edge to the LP and Radian.

Performance at 70 feet: 9.8 points out of 10

At long range the Avantt was really impressive.  I was tempted to give it a perfect score; the only rod better was the Wraith.  Like the Wraith, this is a cannon at long range.



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James' Notes:   

For me, the biggest surprise of the test was the new Thomas and Thomas Avantt.  I have always felt that T&T has made some of the best quality rods.  Their craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to none.  While T&T’s impeccable quality build has always been nothing short of perfect, I haven’t always enjoyed T&T’s past parabolic actions and heavy swing weights.  The Avantt bridges the gap between T&T’s tradition and what a great modern fly rod should be.

If you are looking to fish spring creeks with 7X, then the Avantt might be better left in its case.  But if you are looking for a laser of a rod that is light, accurate, and has tons of power, and one that will handle a sink tip, streamer, and a 20 mph. headwind, you’ve found your rod! 

Think of the Avantt as your dressed up, made in America Hardy Wraith, with a slightly softer tip.  The T&T Avantt is a superb rod, and deserves a serious look. Even though it may not be the best all around 5-weight, what it brings to the table in terms of sheer power, light weight and terrific craftsmanship is impressive.  

In terms of playing big fish on larger tippets (like 2-4X) the Avantt’s stiffness really allows you to put the heat on them, allowing you to land fish more quickly.  Although many people enjoy a longer fight, I would rather land fish quickly and release them in better shape.


Performance at 25 feet:  18.4 points out of 20

Not bad, but certainly on the stiffer side of the top 10 rods.  Not quite as stiff as the Hardy Wraith, and slightly better feel than the X.  But not nearly as much feel as the Orvis H2, G. Loomis NRX LP, Scott Radian, or Loop Opti-Stream. The Avantt feels nice and light in hand and is very accurate. 

Performance at 45 feet:  19.6 points out of 20 

Commanding is a good way to describe this rod.  You simply tell it where to cast and it obeys!   Although this rod still feels a little stiffer than others, I thought it tracked beautifully, and produced excellent accuracy.    

Performance at 70 feet:  9.9 points out of 10

Another bomber performance!  The Avantt is a powerful weapon and at long range its stiffness now pays big dividends.  You can really punch this rod without collapsing the loop.  One of the best rods at long distance, or when casting in the wind.  Only the Hardy Wraith was better.



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Logan's Notes:

A new rod for the Shootout this year, the Thomas & Thomas Avantt is an excellent addition to the T&T line-up.  The things I liked about this rod, aside from the wonderful performance, was the attractive color and top of the line craftsmanship.

Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet: 18 out of 20

25 feet was not the best distance for this rod, with its stiffness, but still quite good.  It did have a fair amount of feel, and was able to deliver delicate presentations at 25 feet.

Performance at 45 feet: 20 out of 20

This is where the Avantt surpassed the majority of the other rods.  It was deadly accurate, powerful and smooth.     

Performance at 70 feet: 9.5 out of 10

The Avantt’s power is a huge advantage when making longer casts up to 70 feet.  I really liked the Avantt at these longer distances.


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JG's Notes:

The Avantt is a great looking rod, with some of the finest fit and finish on the market today.  The beautiful matte blue blank packs a lot of punch and is very accurate at longer ranges.


25 Feet – 18 points out of 20
The tip on this rod is a bit on the stiff side.  The Avantt looks beautiful and feels great in my hand but just does not do the best job at 25’.  It tends to be a little too powerful with not much feel at close range.

45 Feet – 19.8 points out of 20 

I loved the Avantt at mid- range.  The tip is still stiff but it makes for crisp, tight casts that find their mark easily.  It’s got great power and would be a great choice if you find yourself making long casts or fighting the wind.

70 Feet – 19.9 points out of 20 

Long range casts can be a tall order for a lot of 5wts.  With tons of power and an aggressive tip, the Avantt punches out long distance casts with ease. The tight loops I was getting with the Avantt produced excellent accuracy at longer distances.