8/26/09

Orvis 4wt Review (Final)

Well as a final review of the new Orvis "Factory second" 4wt 8.7 full flex rod, I must say it was flawless. I used both the Lamsom velocity 1.5 and the Orvis Battenkill II reels with it and they balanced perfect. It was a treat to cast it with the new Rio selective trout Wf line too. 8.7 felt good in the areas with restricted casting due to brush etc. In these tight conditions, its roll cast was suffciant. It really stood out when it loaded its line, very smooth and accurate. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) I would say a full 9 because I have not yet found a perfect 10 as of yet and for the price, its on the money.

I went as far as hitting the C&R waters on the res with it. I wasn't looking forward to landing a 25 inch rainbow on it but I wanted more room to check out a good basic and double haul cast with room to do it in. I was very pleased as it loaded great and allowed me to place the fly right where I wanted it. I did catch a few small ones and found the sensitivity of the rod reflecting Orvis quality.

My conclusion is the same as my initial review, these rods are worth a look. The previous post has some more pics of the trip, thought I would add a few more... Tight Lines.

Ps. Found this nice article on these rods.




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