#8 (tie)  Limit Creek   8 ½ foot #5    $169.99

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George's Comments 


This is a brand new company from Spring Valley Minnesota. They have yet to offer a more standard 9 foot rod, but we were impressed with the way this rod performed- especially at the $169 price tag!  The thing I liked best is the action.  It has a nice fast action with a softer tip, much like our best rods in the shootout.    

This is another rod that is built in Korea and the craftsmanship is very good.  The color is dark olive, with slightly darker olive wraps. A Western style grip is used, with a good looking gray anodized double locking aluminum seat and an attractive burled wood insert with matching gray tones.  Guides are two lightweight SiC strippers with the rest black single foot hard chrome guides.  


George’s Casting Notes:   The perfect line: S. A.  MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  18 points out of 20

Decent accuracy and feels light in my hand but this rod is only 8 ½ feet. 

Performance at 45 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Better at mid-range, but not in the same class as the Recon or Legend Elite.

Performance at 70 feet:  18 points out of 20

Now it just doesn’t have the punch of a good 9 footer and the accuracy was not great either.



Limit Creek 8’6”#5 $169.99 – 55/60

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James' Comments

Limit Creek is another new company to us.  We would much rather have tested a 9’#5 however Limit Creek doesn’t offer a 9’#5.  In fact, Limit Creek has a very limited size run in their fly rod category – you have three choices – An 8’#4, an 8’6”#5, or a 9’#6.  They do make several other types of rods including spin rods, trolling rods, ice rods, and a casting rod.

One thing I like about the Limit Creek is the action.  While 9 feet would have given the rod more all-around performance, the 8’6” length gives the rod a very light in hand, almost “spunky” feel.  This would be a fun rod to fish on tight rivers like the Beaverhead or the Spring Creeks.

I also like the quality wood insert and good looks of the real seat.  I wish other rods in the inexpensive category would take note and follow suit here. 

All and all a great rod for the money!

Jamie’s Casting Notes with a Scientific Angler MPX WF-5-F line.

Performance at 25 feet:  19 points out of 20

One of the lightest rods in hand in the whole shootout, the 8’6”#5 has a clear weight advantage over longer 5 weights, even when throwing a 12’ leader it feels good.  This rod is very accurate and the feel is there to match.

Performance at 45 feet:  19 points out of 20

Very pleasing in hand, this rod was accurate but not nearly as smooth as other rods that were equally as accurate.  Still, a good show and strong performance from a rod we have never heard of that costs $169.99!

Performance at 70 feet:  17 points out of 20

Not so hot at 70 feet.  The Limit creek should probably be limited to the creek.  Tailing loops became a common denominator between most all of us except George.

Cast the whole line? 




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Logan's Comments

The Limit Creek was a surprisingly good rod.  I had never heard of this company before but I enjoyed the action of this rod.  It was an 8’6” rod (the only one in our shootout), which accounted for the light weight and feel in hand.

Logan's casting notes: 51 out of 60

Performance at 25 feet: 17 points out of 20

The Limit Creek was good all across the board but nothing overly special.  Pretty much the same rod at all distances.

Performance at 45 feet: 17 points out of 20

At 45 feet the Limit Creek was still performing well.  The Limit Creek was very easy to load the line.

Performance at 70 feet: 17 points out of 20

Laid a few casts out with this rod and actually made it to 70 feet.  Accuracy wasn't nearly as good as the top rods.

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Josh's Comments

Performance at 25 feet: 17 points out of 20  The Limit Creek handled the short-range casts well, but it didn’t feel as smooth as the other good price point rods.  I also had to work a little harder to load the rod at this range, probably because of its stiffer tip.

Performance at 45 feet: 16.5 points out of 20 This rod held tight loops and was fairly accurate. Still not better than the Echo Base or Gloomis Pro 4x.

Performance at 70 feet: 16.5 points out of 20 The Limit Creek had some trouble tracking at this distance, making the angler focus on his stroke and power distribution. For the money either the Fenwick Aetos or HMG would be a better investment.