Rod Reviews: Slow-action dry fly specialists

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  1. Dan Nelson

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    I had a team of testers check on a selection of new slower action rods recently and we published the results at GearInstitute.com.

    The summary is:

    The Orvis Superfine Glass won Best in Class honors, while the Redington Butterstick gets Best Value honors. Other rods we field tested and review were the Sage Circa, Orvis Superfine Touch and LL Bean Pocketwater.

    http://www.gearinstitute.com/fishing/category/dry-fly-rods
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

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    Where do I get that $30 Circa listed in the review?
     
  3. Dan Nelson

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    That's the price listed by the retailer linked to the price -- basically the site auto searches for retailers offering the products reviewed and lists the prices found. Apparently, the $30 price was listed by FishWest -- though it appears they've since upped that to $775!
     
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    How do they designate a rod to be a dry fly rod only ???
     
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    rock, paper, scissors
     
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    I think it means rods that you wouldn't want to throw too much weight with. I think about these things when deciding on the rod for the day, and it all goes out the window once I'm on the river.
     
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    Thanks for posting this, i love reading fly rod reviews.
     
  8. Dan Nelson

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    The Dry Fly designation should probably have been "slow-action" designation. Realistically, these all excelled at delivering dry flies in gentle presentations, but weren't as effective with heavier, larger flies (streamers, weighted nymphs, nymphs with large indicators, multi-fly rigs, etc). As noted in the reviews, some rods were better in those situations than others -- that was one of the key review points: versatility. But note that these all are best, first and foremost, for accurate, soft presentations of dries.
     
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    If my Sage LL 590-2 wasn't included in the test, it wasn't a fair test.
     
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    or the 490 LL-2.... or any of the LL series for that matter.

    These "tests/competitions" are a joke....
     
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    I had an LL 7'11" 4wt. I felt like the only thing special about it was that it wasn't a broomstick and was a Sage. I liked the price it sold for! I would love to cast the 389 and the 490, though.
     
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    I wasn't aware that they even made such a rod. An 8 ftr seems like it would have been just a touch small for an LL, then again it could be the line you had... or you just plain 'ol didn't like it. :p

    I've yet to find too many folks that didn't love their LL. I almost sold mine a couple years ago, then had to use it because I left my iix at home. I fell in love with it all over again.
     
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    The only LL I have owned was a 6'-9" 4 wt. It was ok but i was never sold on it. It was awkward to me and felt like it was a 4 wt trying to act as a 2 wt. I only had it a few seasons and never liked it enough to grab it over my other 4 wts consistently. (The others were both St Croix rods at the time) To each his own! I'd love to try the 389 everyone speaks so highly of though.
     
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    I think short graphite rods tend to be too stiff for their intended purpose. I worry about durability when I'm hiking with essentially a tip section with a handle, so no ultralight graphite for me. 3-4 weight glass, however...
     
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    This is one reason why the top two rods in our recent head-to-head were new glass rods. Everyone who tested them preferred the new Orvis and Redington Glass to any of the graphite rod.

    As for the LL -- like virtually any modern review, we looked only at recently released products. There is lots of information already out about existing (not to mentioned discontinued!!) rods. Our goal is share some information about the latest rods to help consumers make decisions based on something other than how the rod feels when they wiggle it in a fly shop.