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Re: small stream fly rod
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I agree with the consensus that cheap is probably the way to go for small stream rods. Both of mine were in the $100 range.

Rod action is a personal preference thing...for small streams I like a med/fast, probably slightly on the faster end.


I also prefer small stream rods on the faster end. What models can you recommend in the $100 range?

BTW, to the original poster, I recommend getting a 7 1/2 ft or 7' 9" rod for a 4 wt line, rather than something shorter or lighter.

Any stream that is open enough to walk up, you can fish with a 7 1/2 foot rod, once you learn some small stream casting techniques.


+1 on rod choice

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What models can you recommend in the $100 range?


LLBean Streamlight Ultra - It's a med/fast probably by definition, but is my favorite rod, from a fun to fish perspective. Comes in many small stream friendly configurations...I have the 6'11 4 wt. $100

Redington Pursuit - I have the 8'0 4 wt, but I think there's a couple shorter 3 wt options. Redington calls it "fast" but I call it on the faster side of med/fast still. $100 for the 2 piecers, $120 for the 4 piece jobs.

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There are some closeouts on 7 foot 3 inch echo carbon two weights, about 125 and a great small stream rod overlined with a 3 weight line.

... There are also close out discounts and deals on the 7 foot 6 echo carbon 3 weight fly rod. It is very high quality, made an a4 piece build, will cast anything up to a 5 weight line like you would not believe

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What models can you recommend in the $100 range?


I use a Cortland GRX. 7 1/2 ft, 4/5 wt. Went right around $100. Don't think they make it anymore, but I'm sure you can find it on ebay and the like.

I toyed with replacing it recently, and test casted a TFO "Lefty Kreh Professional Series" 7'6" 5 wt. Very fast, almost broomstickish IMO (which I like). MSRP is around $150, but you can find it cheaper. I think it was $100ish at the fly show last year.

I've not casted myself, but I've heard good things about the Cabela's TQR. It's $110ish I think. They sell 3, 4, and 5 wts in the 7'6" length. You can get a 5 wt as short at 6', which is rare.

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Pat I have had a bunch of Cabelas TQRs and a bunch of Echo carbons.... Echos used to be 180 dollars but now there are close outs 125 and at those prices I would go echo well before I would get another TQR.



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What models can you recommend in the $100 range?


Redington Pursuit - I have the 8'0 4 wt, but I think there's a couple shorter 3 wt options. Redington calls it "fast" but I call it on the faster side of med/fast still. $100 for the 2 piecers, $120 for the 4 piece jobs.


That sounds pretty tempting. I currently use a 7 1/2 foot, 4 wt, but have been thinking an 8 foot, 4 wt might be just the thing.

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k-bob, was just adding options to the list, that's all. I was aware of the echo, but you had already said it.

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Yeah, I've casted the TQR too...it's an ok rod, but I would put it at the bottom of the rods being discussed in this thread. I found it didn't have much of a taper to it...started skinny in the butt section and stayed skinny (relative to its line weight rating). This may appeal to some, but I like a short stream rod with a more significant taper to it...in the Winter I like to dead drift small, weighted streamers and I think a rod with a thicker butt section handles this better, with little to no effect on its ability to cast dries well at short distances.

I didn't really like the cork insert and reel seat on the TQR either, but those aren't really deal breakers. The pro to the TQR IMO over some of the others is there's a lot of short rod options in several different line weights....not too many short 5 weights out there in most lineups.

troutbert - Redington rods are great for the price...I really like that LLBean Streamlight, but if you made me pick one brand to fish exclusively, it would be Redington.

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I won that Allen ATS at the Jam, and I love it (graphite even!).

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Redington Pursuit - I have the 8'0 4 wt, but I think there's a couple shorter 3 wt options. Redington calls it "fast" but I call it on the faster side of med/fast still.


Have you ever cast a Redington Wayfarer (an older model)?

And if so, can you compare the action with the Redington Pursuit?

I have a Redington Wayfarer, 7 1/2 ft, 4 wt, and it is OK, but I would describe its action as medium, rather than fast. I'd prefer faster, more like a Loomis.

But for $100-$150, of course, rather than $700.

If anyone has a Loomis or similar rod that they think is too "fast" or too much like a "broomstick", maybe we can arrange a trade.


Posted on: 2013/1/2 16:36


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You have received a variety of suggestions. However, what others like may not fit your casting style, therefore I can't stress enough to go to a shop and cast some prospective rods to see which you like. Don't just go buy one without test driving it first. Myself, I use a Scott F2 665/3 fiberglass rod which, although pricey, is a beautiful, delicate small stream rod.

Posted on: 2013/1/2 18:12


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Echo makes a fast rod in the low end models, I have an 8 ft. 4 that cost $119.

Posted on: 2013/1/2 18:27
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Fast action is an advantage.


Tight loops are needed for tight windows. Fast rods roll cast better too. Finesse and "soft" presentations aren't needed anyway, brookies aren't presentation shy.

Some like softer actions because you can feel the fight of a 6 incher better. But I don't go to the little streams for the fight!


Thanks. this thread has been really helpful everyone.


Posted on: 2013/1/2 18:43


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troutbert - I've never casted the Wayfarer, although I have casted the Classic Trout which was a more recent rod that Redington marketed as a "medium" action rod. The Pursuit is significantly faster than the Classic Trout, FWIW.

Posted on: 2013/1/2 19:11


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troutbert - I've never casted the Wayfarer, although I have casted the Classic Trout which was a more recent rod that Redington marketed as a "medium" action rod. The Pursuit is significantly faster than the Classic Trout, FWIW.


Sounds good, I'll have to check out that Pursuit.

Posted on: 2013/1/2 19:58



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