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Old 02-18-2015, 01:07 PM
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Default 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

I am fortunate to be friends with George Daniels (Dynamic Nymphing book and soon a new release on Streamer Fishing) as he is currently manager at local TCO and chatted about longer rods for high stick Nymphing . He had high praise for the Clearwater rod especially at this price point. He added the 10' 4 H2 is awesome But $800 . My question as my view is this is a speciality rod in most quivers what are other options? Allen Icon 10' 4 ? Cabelas CZN? Etc.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:36 PM
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

Does Greys still make the streamflex or whatever it was called. I know it had a big following of nymphers. I believe they made it in 10' in 3 and 4 wt as well.
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

I had a 11' 4wt made. blank by roger
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

Pretty much all manufactures are producing in 10' because euro nymph is so popular. Myself, I'm looking at a 10' 4 wt Scott Radian.
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

I believe the Grey streamflex has been discontinued. I have a 10 ft 4wt and like it alot. Auction sites had them recently for around $300. David
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

Streamflex is discontinued. Greys is no longer a brand in the U.S. of A. but look for the very same rods to be marketed as Fenwick Aetos. Regardless, I am a big fan of Orvis Clearwater.
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

Appreciate feedback as not much luck on finding Streamflex 10' 3/4 rods and I have hard time dropping cash on H2 or Radian until I am convinced a 10' nymph rod catches more fish than current 9' 3//4/5 models in my inventory. An Orvis Clearwater 10' 4 Tipflex retails at $200 which is way more easy to justify a purchase related to specific fishing style. Again I have seen many fine nymph fisherman here in Central Pa have banner days using 8'6"-9' rods . Not the tool as the guy using it.
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

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I had a 11' 4wt made. blank by roger
Did you put a two-handed grip on that stick? I have one of those blanks, I think it's rated 2/3 or 3/4 I don't remember, and it's been collecting dust for a couple years. I need to get on that thing!
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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

I have the 11' 4wt CZN and built 10' Roger 2/3 wt and 4/5 wt and love them all.

I generally use the 11' for bigger rivers like the Kern, and the 10' for smaller rivers like the Owens.

I got the CZN from Cabelas on sale, iirc it was around $140.

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Default Re: 10' Orvis Clearwater Rods

I have Zeniths in 10/3 and 10/4, a 2wt ESN, soon to have a 10/4 High Stick Drifter, and my friend has the 9'6/4 High Stick Drifter which I have fished several times. I also have time on some of the Grays rods, other ESNs, and have been dying to find a NRX Nymph model.
The Zeniths are noticeably more progressive in their taper compared to the much softer tipped/stouter mid-butt ESNs and the HSD. The Greys seem to be even more of a fuller type flex. Between the four I have, all can czech nymph, cast dries, or work an indicator with heavy flies, and even a curly/french indicator. The Zeniths are a little better in the applications that actual casting (dries, indicator/curly) than the HSD and ESN, but the latter two are a little better than the Zeniths at short line/czech type nymphing.
With that said I pair the 3 Zenith and an indicator up with the ESN and short line setup for smaller water, and will do the same with the 4 Zenith and 10/4 HSD when it arrives in a few days.
Any of these rods will do well for euro/high stick type nymphing and indi nymphing, with the more sensitive tipped ones being slightly better suited for tight line feel applications and the more traditional tapered rods slightly better suited to looser line indicator type fishing.
If the Greys interests you, there is an 11/4 model in the classifieds here, or it would likely be worth waiting a few weeks for the Fenwick Aetos (same thing different name reportedly) to show up at walmarts.
I certainly don't think that one needs to spend a lot for this type of rod, but the tip recovery is very noticeable on the better quality rods, and at least for me, this helps me keep in contact with my anchor quickly after casting.
I'd imagine the TCO has some rental rods in this style that you could get at try with?
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