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Old 01-16-2013, 05:00 PM
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Default Sub-$200 7"6' 4 wt. recommendation

Looking to fill out my arsenal with a 7"6' 4 wt. for small stream fishing. These would typically be mountain streams in the Oregon coast range and the Cascades with coastal cutthroats the target. 10" would be a huge catch. Fishing mostly small-ish attractor dries and the occasional nymph or soft hackle. Considering the Ross Essence FC, but there a a few others in the sub-$200 price range, like the TFO Finesse (actually 7'9"), Redington Crosswater, Allen ATS (this one rated a 3/4 wt.), Cabela's TLr, LSi, and Traditional III, and probably more I haven't thought of. I don't really care if it is 2, 3 or 4 piece. The fishing is close-in, anywhere from a rod's length to maybe 30 ft. I typically favor a faster-action but not necessarily super fast. On these small streams, though, without a lot of line out of the rod, I don't know if a fast action is the best. But it's not really finesse fishing either. Anybody have any thoughts? Thanks!
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Default Re: Sub-$200 7"6' 4 wt. recommendation

I have the 7' 9" Finesse and it is a very sweet rod. I use it for exactly the sort of fishing you are describing, but in New England. I can't compare it to any of the others you mention, though, because I haven't tried them.
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The TFO Finesse has an unbeatable warranty and is a nice rod. It is a medium action and will land a dry softly, but it can EASILY throw a soft hackle. A smaller streamer, even with a little bit of weight, is also no problem for the 4wt finesse. It's not a Winston or Sage, but for the price it will serve you well.

You should also throw Echo Carbon rods into the mix, Greys makes a rod in your price range, as does elkhorn for that matter. All nice rods.
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I noticed that St Croix has the Legend Ultra 7'6" 4wt in their bargain room for $155: Legend Ultra Fly Rod - 7' 6" 4Weight, 4 Piece: St. Croix Fishing Rods - Spinning, Casting, Saltwater, Fly
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Default Re: Sub-$200 7"6' 4 wt. recommendation

the allen ats rods are pretty sweet. i have a 8' 9" and love it!
i'd go that route if i were you

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Default Re: Sub-$200 7"6' 4 wt. recommendation

Might also want to try the St. Croix Imperial in 7'6" 4wt.
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Default Re: Sub-$200 7"6' 4 wt. recommendation

i already have 3 4wts and im considering and am considering buying that st croix ultra even though i dont need it. great rod graet price and im not sure how much linger you will be able to get them.
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St. Croix Imperial 7'6" 4wt is an amazing rod... my favorite small stream rod by far... very versatile... can roll cast like a champ with it too.. have mine matched with an SLV and Airflo line
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Thanks for the ideas everyone.
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I would suggest you have a look at the Echo Carbons. However, they are 8' rods. Great casting rod with a lifetime warranty. Also, they are a local company of us in the PacNW since they are in Vancouver, WA.

I bought one because i wasnt happy with a Bass Pro shops house branded 4wt i got and i love it.

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Go see Don @ River City fly shop in Beaverton to have a look. He has a big selection of Echo(and other brands) rods.
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