The locking ring is a little harder to grip and tighten than others. Guides start with a hook keeper on the butt, and then two SiC stripping guides, followed with hard chrome snake guides that are large in diameter but thankfully use smaller diameter wire. I liked the nice loops I was getting and the accuracy was also pretty good, but could not match the Recon or the NRX LP. Unfortunately like a few other rods, it is only available in a 9-foot model as a 4-weight, and this hurt its performance scores a bit. Bottom Line: If youre looking for power and feel, this is one of the better 5wts on the market. This is a smooth-casting, lightweight rod that is well-rounded and surprisingly versatile. The DXF was better and the Shadow was far better. With the inexpensive warranties that most manufacturers offer, your new rod is one that will last you for many years. They use a stack of thin diameter cork rings and the quality of the cork was good. The softer tip on this rod gave me good feel and decent accuracy at close range and the amount of butt and mid-section power seems about right for a 4-weight rod. The accuracy was good but not as good as the DXF or all of the best rods. Our hand tied leaders, using stiffer clear Maxima for the butt and midsections, turn over better and more accurately than any of the knotless leaders on the market. The 8 foot Pure had a much heavier swing weight, and would not be as much fun to false cast all day as this 8 footer. Rods with heavier swing weights or ones with stiffer tips dont fare nearly as well.Ive often had a fish grab a halfway submerged fly in the surface film, when I havent been watching closely enough, and bolt off before I could react, snapping my 6x tippet. We have several reels rigged with the various line sizes, and leaders, all ready to go. When I first picked the rod up, the overall weight was good but then when I wiggled the rod in my hand, I could see that the swing weight was heavier than almost all of the other 4-weight rods. The wide single ring was easy to grip and tighten. The heavier swing weight makes casting at longer distances a workout. #16. The lower 7 inches of the butt, including the logo is also finished in a dark blue. The perfect line: SA Amplitude Smooth Trout in WF-4-F. Matches the Zephrus in close in terms of casting accuracy and feel. The medium fast action of the Recon is very similar to the Helios 3F and this is one reason it performs so well. Nickel silver is used for the winding check and rear grip check as well as the hardware on the reel seat, which is a sliding band and one wide locking ring. $25 handling fee on current rods. One of the reasons is that the SKY is available only as a nine footer, while the DXF is 86. Performance at 40 feet: 18.0 points out of 20. A stack of thin diameter corks is used and the quality is good. Sure, the best rods are generally in the higher price bracket, and are usually worth spending the extra dough, even if you have to save up to buy the one you really want. The stiffness hurt, and it was hard for me to cast off the tip of the rod. I now own 4 H2s and fish them all the time. At short distances like 25 feet, you dont have much line out of the tip of the rod, so the best leaders must flex like an extension of your fly line. The epoxy coatings on the guides were good for the most part but a little too heavy on some guides. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The guide wraps are gray, trimmed with red on the butt section and first ferrule. $75 handling fee. The blank itself is a deep burgundy color, with dark gray wraps. There are dozens of 5wt rods on the market at a variety of price-points and each rod offers something different to every angler. I loved the look of the Mod, with its standout, jazzy lime green color. Most of the rest score 9s, which was a $60-$75 fee for repair or replacement. Annette McLean, Winstons long time rod designer did a great job with the Pure, giving us a rod that is Pure fun to cast and fish. We set out three sets of paper plates as targets, with plenty of distance between each casting line so that no one was getting tangled up. Thomas & Thomas introduced the Contact series of Euro-nymphing rods a handful of years ago and they almost immediately garnered a cult-like following, with many an experienced nymph angler raving about their performance and build quality. 7 Reviews. When I put this rod in my hand it feels more like a 5-weight than a 4-weight! For this Shootout, we were able to do the casting here on our lawn at the shop. Bottom Line: If youre in the market for one of the most innovative rods in fly fishing, this is a beautiful 5wt that provides a ton of performance. Bottom Line: If youre part of the Loop Army or just looking for a streamer stick, this is a great rod for a diverse population of anglers. As you have seen, the best rods in this 4-weight Shootout are medium fast or fast action rods with softer tips. I wish they would had used the lighter, flexible nickel/titanium snake guides found on the Helios 3F, or even better, the nickel titanium single-foot guides found on the Hardy Zephrus, which would have improved its heavy swing weight. This rod is great for dry flies at long distances or small streamers. Guides start with a hook keeper, then a single titanium SiC stripping guide, followed with our favorite nickel/titanium snake guides that are flexible but unbreakable. I did like the flat, non-glare black finish used on the blank. By having all the rods set up in an identical manner, it is easy to take a few casts with one rod, at say 40 feet, then pick up another rod and do the same without having to strip the line off one rod and take the time to load up another. Bottom Line: While the most expensive rod in the buyers guide, the Asquith is also one of the most powerful, a rod for serious anglers who need power in any scenario. Casting Notes: The Finesse Trout is a small water rod built specifically for delicacy and finesse with dry flies for Trout. Rods that have good power in the butt and mid-section help me set the hook quickly and allow me to throw a combination of flies and indicator along with a little weight. Price is always a major factor when buying a rod and as you will see in this Shootout, the best rod was not the most expensive. Performance at 40 feet: 19.0 points out of 20. As in our past Shootouts, it is important to keep everything apples to apples in an effort to eliminate the variables that will have an effect on the scores. The blank color at first glance looks black, but is a very dark green called Black Spruce. The thread wraps are dark green, trimmed with metallic gray on the butt section. For others, seeing how a rod performs in an expert casters hands, convinces them it would make them great anglers as well, or at least take them to the next level. In fishing to wary trout, I often set my false casts up short and to the side of the fish, and then shoot a little line in on that last cast. We kept the best rod in each category, high priced, medium priced, and inexpensive category handy for comparison. Power: 8/10 - Loomis built a ton of power into this rod so you can feel confident throwing streamers, nymph rigs, and dry flies at long distances. Sharing the advanced StratoTherm resin developed for the acclaimed Avantt and Exocett series, Zone rods are rolled and built by hand alongside those flagship models right here in our Massachusetts, USA facility. Good, just not nearly as precise but the Zephrus and Pure. Scott claims that this gives their rods better strength and we cannot argue with this as we see very few Scott rods broken. The wraps are darker green and the epoxy coatings were nicely done. Even though less expensive components are used, this is still a pretty nice looking rod, with the blank a rich deep blue with dark brown wraps that include a little silver trim on the butt section. This is a very pleasant rod to cast, and I was especially impressed at what nice tight loops I was getting at long range, where it proved to be better than any other rod tested, even the powerful Asquith. The guides start with a hook keeper on the butt, then a single SiC stripping guide, followed with hard chrome single foot guides that seem sturdy enough, but are not nearly as good (or as light) as the nickel/titanium single foot guides used on the NRX LP. The Expeditor service fee for the Asquith rods is $250.00 for ground or $275 for 2-day air. 5wt fly rods are (by far) the most popular rod model in contemporary fly fishing. Usually takes 1-2 weeks. He has been a very important and integral part of our Shootouts and tackle comparisons over the years. Thomas and Thomas just introduced a very light presentation rod called the Paradigm, which complements their outstanding Avantt. I loved the crisp, fast action of the Avantt and its light swing weight, but unfortunately the Zone is not nearly as nice. Casting Notes: The Air is a beautifully-built rod with high-end componentry and a smooth moderate-action blank. We also kept on hand, and compared, what we felt was the very best rod the Hardy Zephrus. Tippet materials are getting stronger every year, and today we end up fishing 6x, 6.5X, and 7x fluorocarbon a lot of the time, trying to get that perfect drift to entice a big fish to sip in a fly. I found the rings harder to grip than most and without any nylon spacer they will likely loosen up more easily than other rings with them. Ive fished this Zephrus myself for the past two years, and it has been my go-to rod when Im fishing small dries, emergers and spinners in the surface film. This rod gave me better control and accuracy at long range than any other rod in our Shootout. Tracks beautifully with nice tight loops that are giving me great accuracy. Loop Cross SX. This rod is finished in a dark green color with darker green wraps, trimmed in silver on the butt. The new Orvis rods are clearly to be taken seriously. Here, any rods that rate 9.5 -10 are superb, and would be at the top of a Perfect 4 category. Hardy Demon. It has a pronounced swell that is slightly forward of the center of the grip much different from the more standard western style grip of the G Series. The quality of the cork is not so hot though, and a lot of filler is present. We actually cast two #4 line Pure rods- the 8 footer you see here and its 86 brother. At 40 feet you need a rod that is light and pleasant enough to do a lot of false casting, as you will when fishing dry flies, but you shouldnt have to double haul to get the rod to perform and hit this distance. Removing the spool requires a simple click of the button on the front side. The uplocking skeleton seat is anodized in a dark gray to complement the blank with a beautiful piece of black ash burl for the insert. These stiffer 4-weight rods require lines that are slightly heavier than a standard AFTMA 4-weight line. We have found that the only good way to pin down these subtle differences is to have at least a half dozen of the contending rods with the line stripped out and sitting there in front of you on the lawn, so that you can take a few casts with one rod, lay it down and pick up another rod, and make a few casts at the same distance, make some notes and then move on to another rod or the next distance. Add to Cart. (tie) Loop Q 9 #4 $229.00. Both lines utilize an improved dry tip, (the last 5 feet of the front taper that is designed to float better), and utilize SAs AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting performance. And if there was any wind, I couldnt make good enough back cast loops to hit the distance. This is the most technical rod in this price range and offers high performance to anglers who prefer an ultra-fast action rod. Build quality. T&T also uses a stack of thinner cork rings and the quality of the cork is as close to perfect as you can get. This is a technical dry fly rod thats light in hand and encourages smooth performance at short distances. The attractive cork handle is a half wells design with a flare on the bottom end, a comfortable swell in the middle, and a nice forward taper. To read each staff members casting notes and performance finishing order, please click on their photo above. This rod uses spigot ferrules, rather than the slipover ferrule design found on most rods including the Scott Radian. Both offer terrific performance at half the price of the best rods in our Shootout. Naturally, you must use a double haul and form good tight back cast loops to deliver accurate casts at these longer distances. Cheaper rods often utilize pre-formed grips that use a lot of filler in the cork that will chunk out or erode with hard use. The black anodized double unlocking skeleton seat has two larger rings that are very easy to grip and tighten. Since this is a softer rod than the Zephrus, we settled on using the lighter Trout line but this rod had the power to handle the heavier Infinity nearly as well. Hardy uses their Sintrix 220 in this rod, a lower modulus graphite than the Sintrix 440 used in the Zephrus, but it provides easy loading yet a sharp recovery. I felt the best rods at long range were the Helios 3F and the Loomis Asquith, as well as the T&T Avantt and the Scott Radian. Steve Rajeff, the head rod designer at Loomis, designed the Asquith tapers, and the blanks are built by Shimano in Japan, using their unique X wrap process. Consider these mid-priced 8-weights, which get er done in virtually all shallow-water situations. Site is running on IP address 64.91.249.91, host name cloudvpsserver.hosting.atekweb.com (Lansing United States) ping response time 17ms Good ping.. Last updated on 2023/02/26 Bottom Line: This is a rod for intermediate/advanced anglers who are looking for a rod thats built for limited short-range dry fly applications. I just wish that the performance was as good as its looks. No other rods were as good. Natural finish carbon appearance. Now that we have dropped our Perfect 4 category, this category gives you our opinions on the best rods and how they stack up. At least it is sanded to a smooth finish initially. With the Infinity it cast better long, and I would have scored it closer to 9 at long range. The swing weight is light but it cant match the Zephrus or Pure. This 4-weight Q was one of my least favorite rods to cast in our Shootout. The Expeditor policy on the IMX Pro is $85.00. Picking the best 4-weight rod We see fly rods getting better each year, and today it is often only subtle differences that separate one rod from another. Heavy, slower action rods never perform well. I found the locking rings easy to grip and tighten. New Fishing Gear for February: Inshore Edition, Turning Recycled Plastic into Performance Gear, Protect the Blue Key West: Remote Control, Protect the Blue Islamorada: The Bones Brigade, Florida Approves Mandatory Venting Tool Use, Stricter Bottomfish Regulations Approved in Florida. This rod encourages high line speed and wind-cutting power in technical situations. Usually takes 2-4 weeks. Rods are repaired, not replaced unless broken. The ability of this rod to form and maintain very tight loops helped it give me slightly more accuracy than the Helios 3F or Scott G series at mid-range. Performance at 60 feet: 7 points out of 10. Below are all the 4-weight rods in the order they finished. We have awarded scores emphasizing the lowest repair charges and the quickest repair turn around. 'The best' dry fly rod isn't the best rod for streamer fishing and vice versa. $50 handling fee. In Livingston we usually have plenty of wind, so we had to wait until we got some fairly calm days, to do the casting. The insert is a gorgeous piece of bamboo, sourced from the same company that uses it for Lexus steering wheels. Surprisingly, even using this lower modulus graphite that should be heavier, the overall weight and swing weight are very good compared to our other top 4-weight rods. To read their comments, simply click on their photo above at the beginning of our Shootout. Makes sense because its the most expensive rod in our buyers guide. The light swing weight made casting effortless, and Im getting excellent accuracy combined with delicate presentations. Mayfly emergers are often stuck in the film for quite some time making them easy pray for hungry trout. The two locking rings are large and easy to grip and tighten. 9, 4-piece, $495. The cork is excellent, and Douglas uses darker contrasting composite cork rings at both the top and bottom of the grip. The epoxy coatings on the wraps are a little heavy, but Ive sure seen worse. I still had to give the edge to the Zephrus and Pure. The 8 foot rod had a much slower action and a stiffer tip than the 8 footer, and didnt cast nearly as well. Those ravings were well warranted, given that the original Contact was a superb example of what a thoughtfully designed Euro rod could be. Although we thought that the Winston 8 foot Pure was a fantastic 4-weight, the Nimbus didnt get us too excited. Power: 6/10 - This rod has some reserve power and can definitely carry line in the air and present flies at longer distances. Rating: 91%. Good butt power also helps me land fish in a minimal amount of time. This buyer's guide is designed to help anglers of all skill levels with any price-constraint find, compare, analyze, and purchase the 5wt that best fits their needs. Thomas & Thomas Zone. 1. I really expected to see this new G Series 4-weight challenge the best rods. Usually takes 2-4 weeks. The uplocking black anodized skeleton reel seat utilizes a single ring that is easy to grip and lock down. This same Expeditor service applies to the Asquith but the fee is $275 for 2ndday air. This is one fantastic looking rod one of the very best in our Shootout. Power: 2/10 - Low power levels reflect this rods purpose-built design. Action: 7/10 - A fast action rod design means the Pulse does everything a high-performance 5wt should with efficiency and ease. And, if it does, help us by purchasing your next 5wt from us. Pick any rod here that we rated a 9.5 or better and you have a winner! Bottom Line: This is a great entry-level rod for anglers looking to get into trout fishing. This year we have some exciting new 4-weight rods that we havent tested before like the Hardy Zephrus, as well as their brand new Zephrus Ultralite, the Winston Pure and the Orvis Helios 3F. Very nice feel with excellent accuracy at short distances. From 25 to the 40-foot mark, these lines were just magical, and stretching the distance out to 60 feet was easier than with a standard belly line. Carbon XL. It was a little better than the Avantt here, but not as good as the H3F. Once we determine how the rods perform at the various distances and compile these point values, we then add in points earned from all the other categories to determine the final finishing order. These rods are designed in Sweden, but built in Korea in the same factory that produces the fine Hardy rods. A buyer's guide is a little different, however. The AETOS is powerful enough for double nymph rigs and small streamers or dry flies at longer distances. Remember that it will cost you an additional $15 or more to send your rod in unless you are using the G. Loomis Expeditor program. I did not find that to be the case. At one point it was our Best inexpensive rod until the Fenwick Aetos muscled it aside. Power: 5.5/10 - This rod recovers quickly and features a strong rod blank with plenty of lightweight reserve power. A great 4-weight rod is the best tool Ive found to meet these demands. The wraps are dark blue to match the blank and the epoxy coatings are excellent. The rod is light and perfectly balanced, allowing for better accuracy while minimizing fatigue often associated with longer rods. The Orvis H-3 is clearly one of the best fly rods to ever leave the Orvis shop, but it's not all about the long cast. The color of the blank is an olive green that Orvis calls shadow green. The wraps are brown and the epoxy coatings are OK but a little heavy and not nearly as well done as on the 3F. The softness didnt allow me to make good hard backcasts in an effort to form tight loops. That's a lot. Power: 7/10 - The power levels on this rod are pretty great. The guides start with a hook keeper, and then one huge SiC stripping guide that seems way too big, followed with hard chrome snake guides. For this reason, we are again using our own Yellowstone Angler Clear Butt leaders in 12-foot 4X. #19. Performance at 40 feet: 17.5 points out of 20. Action: 8/10 - This is an ultra-fast action rod. Logan and Francis have worked here for many years and are both great casters and anglers. The rod is a more refined, caster-friendly version of its high-priced brother, the Radian. The cork handle is a western style grip with a flare on the lower end to accept the uplocking seat, and a nice taper forward providing a very comfortable grip. The rings on the seat were fairly large and easy to tighten, giving a secure lock up. Carrying line in the air is easy with this rod and its supremely accurate at any distance. This is a classy reel seat, which is much better looking than some of the anodized aluminum insert seats. A lot of this can be attributed to the nice action good butt and mid section power combined with a lighter, softer tip, much like the Zephrus. Where would Blue Ribbon land on the chart? Click on any rod to see the full write up. Now it tracks perfectly and Im getting nice tight loops. Action: 6.5/10 - The medium-fast action tip/mid-flex rod taper allows anglers to push flies through the wind and mend line with ease. In the 4, 5, and 6-weights, the DXF is a great casting rod. Category changes that improve the accuracy of the results in our latest 4-weight Shootout. Non-original owner $150 per section. Im impressed with the guide set up, starting with a hook keeper, then one SiC stripping guide, followed with the best nickel/titanium and flexible single-foot guides as on the Zephrus and Sky. So if you like what we are doing, the best way to thank us is to buy a rod, reel, or outfit from the Yellowstone Angler. Bottom Line: This is a great rod choice for the novice angler who is looking for a rod that will mask mistakes and encourage learning. This hurt somewhat in its scores for swing weight and light tippet protection. Power: 5/10 - The Shadow has some reserve power that can be taken advantage of by anglers who are in tune with their timing and casting stroke. Take tricky undulating currents, and then add in a little wind, and getting a fly right in the fishs window with that drag-free drift becomes quite the challenging task. We have found that the Asquith rods are terrific rods in the heavier line sizes from 6-weight right up through 12-weight. Thomas and Thomas Contact 10'8" . Sport Fishing Magazine may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. Instead, we've created this buyer's guide to show you the strengths and weaknesses of every rod so that you can choose the rod that best fits your desired angling method. Feels equal to the Avantt and Recon at mid distances. These come in two models, the Amplitude Smooth Trout, which is a standard size line, and the Amplitude Smooth Infinity, which is a half line size heavier. Consider one of these fly rods before your next purchase. Its somewhat embarrassing for a $1000 rod to finish below one that costs only $198.00, but there are some good reasons for this. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. We simply place each rod horizontally on the scale, read the weight and round it off to one tenth of an ounce. Action: 5/10 - The Epic Graphite features a mid-flex design and a soft tip for accuracy at any distance. For this 4-weight Shootout, we decided to make the short distance 25 feet, the mid-distance 40 feet, and the longest distance 60 feet. Just about any rod can turn over a 9-foot leader, but only the best casting rods can turn over a 12 footer at short distances. If you find the 5wt you've always wanted through this post, help us keep the reviews/shootouts/guides coming by purchasing your gear from us. If you are thinking about buying a fly rod, we suggest reading one of our Shootouts for the line size rod you want. 1; 2; First Prev 2 of 2 Go to page. If you're still confused about fly rod action, here's a video from our beginner series. For this Shootout, we again checked the warranty policies in detail, as some have changed slightly. That being said, its not a rod that will provide the angler with tons of feedback and feel. Nearly everyone is using one-coat epoxy coatings over the guide wraps now, but if these are not very carefully done, they are often sloppy or too much epoxy is applied, adding unnecessary weight. The amount of power seems to be about right, and it performed best at the longer distances where I could punch it hard without throwing tailing loops. The H3F rated slightly higher over all, but the Asquith had a lot more butt and mid-section power to blast out long casts. The cork handle is a half wells design and the quality of the cork is not nearly as good as the best rods and a lot of filler is used. $75 handling fee to original owner, $150.00 charge to all others. This helps me to easily fine tune the exact amount of drag needed while fishing very light tippets, something that is tough to do with other small reels. The blank is finished in a medium brown with brown wraps that complement the blank. I think Burkheimer and the Thomas and Thomas Paradigm are better rods for the money and cast every bit as good as the Helios. In this years 4-weight Shootout, we found that most manufacturers are building more powerful 4-weight rods than in the past. Better as I get more line in the air, but still not nearly as good as the NRX LP or the DXF. This was one of the rods that we felt needed the lighter Trout line. Usually takes 2-4 weeks. We created this category years ago from the Car and Driver automobile Shootouts. And for a rod that is half the cost of the Helios 3F, the overall weight and swing weight are actuallylower! It packs enough punch to fling weighted crustacean imitations for bonefish or redfish, deliver 3- to 4-inch streamers for snook, schoolie stripers or juvenile tarpon, and command the sinking line you might choose when chasing albies. St. Croix Lifetime warranty to original owner, $85 handling fee. Its perhaps a little heavy in swing weight, and this as well as its stiffness, hurt its score at 25 feet. The double uplocking, gray anodized reel skeleton seat uses two rings that are easy to grip and lock up extremely well. We value your comments about the Shootout and invite any questions you might have about it or your tackle needs. My son, Jamie is also a fanatical fly fisherman and a great caster. Here's an example from Echo's website. The blank is that same lovely emerald Winston green we have come to know and love. Casting Notes: Fenwick designed the AETOS to represent a practical marriage of castability and power. Im not getting much feel either. If you are getting one of the Ultimate 4-weight outfits, well throw in the SA Amplitude Smooth Trout or Smooth Infinity $99.95 line for free, and also ship it to you for free! Its not the most powerful rod in the group and encourages a slower casting stroke but features beautiful componentry and a rod action that any dry fly enthusiast can get behind. Little feel, and the slower action kills any accuracy. Nice tight loops and good control. Thomas & Thomas Zone - $499 Casting Notes: The Zone is a versatile freshwater 5wt with the ability to throw a variety of flies from nymphs to dries to small streamers. Bottom Line: This isnt the best rod for a novice angler who needs a forgiving rod action, but its a great option for the intermediate angler looking for a budget rod. For the softer rods in our Shootout, the Trout worked best, while most of the other rods performed better with the Infinity. Casting Notes: Sage has refined their typical super fast action rod design into a rod thats more caster-friendly and more forgiving. 2. Performance at 25 feet: 19.2 points out of 20. Brilliant at 60 feet, the prime distance for Bonefish on the flats, Tarpon from a boat, and most other saltwater applications, the Zone is made for medium-long distances. The handle is a half wells design and the quality of the cork is decent better than what we saw on the Loop Q and the TFO rods. Add to Cart. The color of the blank is a natural graphite gray, and only lightly sanded so you can still see the tape marks, much like the Scott rods. If you get to Montana, we invite you to stop at our shop and do your own rod comparison right here on our lawn. The double uplocking reel seat is plain anodized aluminum dark gray with silver rings and not nearly as attractive as the better skeleton seats with good-looking wood inserts. I just dont think the 3Fd is nearly as good looking as some of the more traditional looking rods, in our Shootout like the Scott, Winston, T&T, and Hardy. A nice piece of dark hardwood is used for the spacer. HardyLifetime warranty to original owner. 5. Im amazed that I can cast off the tip nearly as well as the Zephrus. With a blazing light swing weight and a forgiving action, this 5wt is one of the best all-around rods on the market. The guides start out with two large SiC stripping guides, followed up with fairly large hard chrome snake guides and an oversize tip top. The reel seat is an uplocking black anodized skeleton seat with a dark gray graphite insert, (pretty plain looking but it works well). The rest of the guides start with a single wire recoil stripper like G. 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