Rod Reviews: Slow-action dry fly specialists

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  1. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith DBA BozoKlown406

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    Sounds like a fun project!
     
  2. Steve Saville

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    I wouldn't part with my 490 LL for anything.:eek:
     
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  3. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    If you felt the Circa in the test was too long there is also a 4 weight that's a foot shorter at 7'9".

    It was nice you guys did a test of the slower action small stream rods. I suspect with a Circa approximately the same length of the remainder of the tested rods would have had higher ratings in two categories.
     
  4. Rob Allen

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    hmmm

    well i tried to read several of the full reviews but the pages would not work. I was able to pull up the LL Bean review however and that was enough to let me know that the review is meaningless.

    if a rods stiffness makes it so that the angler cannot cast it accurately that is a fault of the caster NOT the rod or any particular rod action, furthermore lines can be cast 40 feet with no rod at all yet they are saying that 40 feet was the rods maximum range???
    they go on to mention that the rods flexible tip is what allows it to present dry flies " softer and smoother.. Hogwash! rods with soft tips are just that rods with soft tips it does not require a soft tip to smoothly and softly deliver small dry flies. The name of the rod is the "pocket water" in pocket water you do not want a smooth soft presentation you want an accurate firm delivery.



    I hate reading rod reviews and I strongly encourage people to take them with a grain of salt.. the only way you'll know if a rod is right for you is to go and cast... preferably fish it before you buy it..
    remember to cast it on a short line too!!!!
     
  5. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    No surprise here that a glass rod won. I'd bet many would like to see a comparative review of the top glass rod producers. At a minimum include Orvis, Scott, Steffen, & McFarland.
     
  6. Randall Clark

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    Having played around with a buddy's 8'9" 4wt Circa, it's a really sweet rod, but I'm not trading in my Lami 4wt glass or my Steffen anytime soon...both are just much more versatile and even sweeter casting (hell, my little 6'6" Cabelas CGR glass can roll cast a couple of nymphs and small indi better than the 8'9" Circa--that Circa does throw a nice soft line with small dries though--and far).

    being a glass homer, I would've loved to see one of the new Echos thrown in there as well.

    A couple of the links don't seem to be working for me (Circa, either Orvis link), anyone else having this issue?
     
  7. Randall Clark

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    always do, but I do really enjoy hearing what others opinions are on certain rods...

    any rod, in the hands of an exceptional caster will cast very far...When Joan Wulff is casting 161' and winning casting contests with little SH rods (way back in the 40s, 50s and 60s, that's the operator, not the tools.
     
  8. Jordan Simpson

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    Another great dry fly rod that's fairly inexpensive is the Redington Tempt (CT). It is also a great rod for popping indi rigs. I can't really compare it to the actual CT since I never had one but the soft springy feel of the temp is a lot of fun and had a sort of bungy feel to it.

    Sent from my SGH-I337M using Tapatalk
     
  9. Porter

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    Supposedly it was the same blank. The rod color and components changed and a 20.00 price hike. Evidently there was such a customer uproar that redington dumped the tempt and brought back the CT ...color...components and all. Leads me to believe there may have been some noticeable difference between the two. :confused: ?