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Fly Rod Warranties – Are You Covered? (Warranty Comparison)

Fly Rod Warranties – Are You Covered? (Warranty Comparison)

Most quality fly rods will come with a lifetime warranty. This means that when you break it, you will be covered – they will repair it for you. There is always a repair fee for this, and it varies from brand to brand. It is not “if” you break your fly rod, but “when”. If you fish a lot, you are bound to break your fly rod eventually. However, having a lifetime warranty will take the stress out of it.

This article will cover the warranty processes for major fly rod brands. The warranty is something you should consider before you purchase a fly rod. If you buy a rod that doesn’t have a warranty, it is really disappointing when you break it.

Sage Fly Rod Warranty

Sage has moved to a tier system, based on the fly rods age. The older the fly rod, the more expensive it is to repair.

  • Current rod models – $50 + shipping – These are rods that Sage still produces
  • Recent rod Models – $95 + shipping – These are rods that aren’t produced anymore, but they are less than 10 years old
  • Legacy rod Models – $195 + shipping – These are rods that haven’t been produced for over 10 years

As you can see, this is a great way for Sage to encourage people to buy new rods. If you have an older model, you are seriously disadvantaged when it breaks. This is why lots of folks are selling their old Sages to purchase new ones. A new Sage only costs $50 to repair, which is a huge plus. However, I wish Sage hadn’t gone to such an extreme pricing level. Some older Sages are only worth $200, so it’s not even worth fixing them!

Redington Fly Rod Warranty

Redington is Sage’s sister company, and their rods are more affordable. Since they are produced overseas, they can keep the costs down. Redington has moved to a tier system as well, but it is more simple than Sage.

  • Current rod models – $50 + shipping – These are rods that Redington still produces
  • Discontinued rod models – $95 + shipping – These are rods that are no longer in production. Redington will replace your broken rod with the current model

This is a somewhat reasonable fee scale, but Redington rods aren’t that nice to begin with. I would be hard pressed to pay $95 + shipping to fix one. I think for lower budget rods, Temple Fork Outfitters is a much better brand with a better warranty. More on that below.

Scott Fly Rod Warranty

Scott has a very simple warranty. You have to pay for shipping your rod back to them – I usually send it through USPS or Fedex. Scott charges $65 for the repair fee. No matter what section broke or which model the rod is, it is a $65 flat fee.

They do increase this every couple of years, just like with everything. However, I think it is a pretty reasonable rate.

Temple Fork Outfitters Fly Rod Warranty

In my opinion, TFO has the best warranty out there. You can send your broken rod back to them, just like with other companies. However, they have an even better system. You can just go on their website under the “parts” section. Select your rod and which section broke, and add that to your cart. They will send you a new section!

This is a very fast process, and you can be fishing again within a week. Their section pricing varies – tip sections are the cheapest, and butt sections are the most expensive. As you go down the rod, the price per section will increase.

Their higher end rod sections are more expensive. Their cheaper rods sections are very affordable, as you would expect.

Orvis Fly Rod Warranty

Orvis has a similar policy to Scott. For $60, they will repair or replace a rod. You are responsible for shipping your rod to them. However, Orvis is moving to a system similar to TFO. You will soon be able to purchase a section instead of sending your whole rod back. Companies are taking notice of TFO’s warranty policy, and I think we will see more of this in the future.

Conclusion

As you can see, warranty policies vary quite a bit. Finding a brand with a warranty you like is very important. It just depends on what works for you. Keeping repair costs lower is always a good choice.