Originally Posted by FlyRichardFly
(snip)...And the Orvis has a mid flex or tip flex. Has anyone on the site casted the Clearwater II Rods? They are lighter than any rods, except the top shelf $700 stuff. What's going on?
Just bought one!
I got the 9' mid-flex model after test-casting it and the tip-flex. I guess I just like the slower rod. I got interested in the rod after reading the article entitled, 13 Budget and Backup Rods
in Fly Rod & Reel
magazine where it was one of the featured rods.
And, as has been suggested herein, it feels like a much higher-priced rod. That is, the small sampling of higher-priced rods I've cast out behind various shops over the years.
Living well south of trout streams, I spend most fishing days and afternoons pulling bream out of ponds. The new Clearwater II has allowed me to reach out about 50% further than my old rod (a Cortland that has served me well over the years) and try for some of the larger bream.
I'm not a particularly gadget-oriented or "I gotta' spend more" fly fisher. I'm quite happy with my simple equipment. So getting the Clearwater II took some thought; but, I am very happy with the choice. I also splurged and bought a Battenkill Mid Arbor reel to go with it. Feels great to hold and to cast.
The only negative about the rod is, as someone mentioned, the odd blue color. What's wrong with a nice deep green? Or gray, maybe? Oh, well. But I'm usually focused on the fly anyway so I don't really care too much.
Hope all is well and everyone is enjoying their fishing. This is a helpful forum--glad I found it!