Edward Perugini, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
I spotted the ad for ALEKA fly fishing rods as I was reading headlines on a news web site. The low price caught my eye so I clicked on the link. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a variety of high quality rods for such a low price. I was particularly pleased to see light weight rods that were listed as fast: most light weights are soft to moderate. I placed the order and received the rod, complete with sock and cordoba covered tube. The shipment came promptly, the rod is well built, the guides and other materials are good quality and nicely finished. I'm very satisfied with the product and can't wait for warmer weather to try it out.14 February 2014
Steven Black, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Recently purchased a 9' six wt. A8 rod. Rod casts like a dream. Worked with John in customer service. Very helpful. I will be sending my friends to the website in the future. 12 February 2014
John Bradley, Tyne & WearAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Have just received a 9ft 5wt A8 fly rod as a birthday gift from my wife. It had arrived a couple of weeks ago(speedy delivery from order date)and she checked it over before spiriting it away. "It's OK - very pretty !!!" was all she would tell me.
Anyway, got it at last! First impressions? It is very attractive - not over the top but "very pretty"!! Well finished and has a quality feel. Assembling it and "waving it around"(as you do!!) it felt rather stiff and not quite what I expected from a 5 wt. Fitted a reel with a Cortland 5wt. forward line to it and took it out onto the field. Have to say the "stiff" feel was transformed with a line through the rings. I know this rod is not about distance casting but 20ish yards into a breeze wasn't difficult - 25+ with the breeze behind was easy. Remember - no water and a loop of wool for a fly AND first time use AND I'm a normal, average, caster. Then tried shorter range at various "natural" targets - absolutely brilliant for accuracy.
This rod is a revelation and, at the price, a chance not to be missed. Obviously it needs testing "in the field" not just in the field !! but my expectations are high. I am truly delighted with this rod and even at this early stage of ownership would advise anyone in the market for a new rod to give the A8 a serious examination.
Very pleased with Aleka - thank you.
John B. (North East England)08 February 2014
Thomas Davidson, CanadaAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Ordered the new rod and received it in a surprisingly short wait. Rod feels great in hand and can't wait to get it out on the river this spring. I'll be using this company for most of my Flyfishing needs from now on!!!01 February 2014
Kevin Robertson, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
I received my A8 10' 8wt Steelhead Rod and was more than pleased with its immediate beauty and nearly weightless feel.
I went steelheading with it last Saturday on the American River in Sacramento, CA. It performed wonderfully. It feels very balanced and fast. I really love it. My plan is to buy another 7/8 reel and load it with a 30' shooting head with mono running line so I can reach the deeper pools along the other bank. The A8 rod is an excellent rod at any price! 27 January 2014
John Lazar, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Just got my Aleka A8, 9' 5 wgt. delivered. After opening the package and rod tube, I was very impressed with the looks of the rod. Putting the rod together, I was totally delighted with the feel of the rod. I can't wait to try it on the stream as soon as I can.27 January 2014
Michael Brown, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
I ordered the Aleka A8 4wt after reading a write up in Flyfisherman. The rod arrived promptly in a canvas tube and protective sleeve. I attached my 4wt reel and did some trial casts. I must say the rod handled beautifully and upon close examination I noticed that is was very well made. As a rod maker I noticed the attention to detail and was impressed. Overall I recommend the A8 it is a great little rod at a great price.26 January 2014
Richard Brown, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Although I have limited use of the A8 480 rod, several things jump out. The graphics and coloring are great as well as the quality of the guides. I found the flex to match the description, fast and smooth. It throws a good distance for such a small length rod. Its also quite responsive to delicate bites. The grip (half wells) is excellent for this size rod. Very comfortable to grip and control. For the price it can't be beat.22 January 2014
Phil Gregory, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
I have several fly rods. This rod is by far the smoothest and easiest to cast right from the get go. Great balance and feel. The price is great too!21 January 2014
Sergio Bruno, ItalyAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
ho comprato una 9 piedi coda 6 ed e una bomba!! canna potente e leggera!! e anche bella esteticamente! complimenti!!18 December 2013
Davie Izett, MidlothianAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
This rod came very highly recommend by a friend and he wasn't wrong this rod is so light to handles beautifully but packs a powerful punch the line shoots out great distances with little effort at all a must buy for any fly fisherman.....cheers Davie13 December 2013
David ChristianAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Everything was as advertised and I think I will enjoy the rod. It is fast but has a soft tip.
David07 December 2013
John Walters, GwyneddAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
I ordered a fishing rod,the delivery was first class, the rod was very well made and looks wonderful. Delivery was very quick and the rod was well packaged. Will shop at ALEKA SPORTS again.03 December 2013
Rick Saunders, Leesburg, VA, United StatesAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
What sets fly fishing apart from all other fishing is the feel you get with a fish on the line - there is nothing quite like it. The key, however, is a quality rod. As the new owner of the Aleka A8 Fly Rod and A8 Fly Reel 5/6 I can tell you that it doesn't get any better. The equipment is not only functionally superior to anything I have had before, it is also fairly priced. I believe the company is expanding its presence in the United States and it is sure to be a huge success. The company stands behind its equipment and from the President on down they are experts in the field and can provide guidance to novices and experts alike. I would strongly recommend Aleka equipment and accessories to anyone.26 November 2013
Colin Bell, NorthumberlandAbout ALEKA A8 Fly Rod Series
Thanks for the delivery of the A8 7wt rod. I used it in anger for the first time a couple of days ago, in very windy conditions.
Now, even my best friends will tell you that wind and Colin casting don't mix, but I was heard to declare " wind, what wind. " The rod improved my casting no end.
Sadly I managed to lose the only fish I hooked, but on another day I wouldn't have managed even this. My fishing pal, a much more accomplished angler than myself, asked to have a go with the rod and was mightily impressed, even more so when I told him how much it had cost. I wouldn't be in the least surprised if you hear from him eventually.11 October 2013