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Old 11-14-2012, 09:38 PM
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To be candid...of the rods you mentioned i think the Orvis is better. Better warranty, better company, better casting rod. My opinion

A 4wt is the better choice for what you want. A 3 is pretty specialized and offers you no advantage vs. a 4wt in the real world...again...opinion.

Riptide is absolutely correct in my opinion. For what you are looking at, fiberglass is better. I might suggest the Cabelas CGT. Is nicer than either rod you are looking at by a good margin, and fiberglass outperforms graphite every time for short, small stream rods.

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Of the two, get the 4 wt. Clearwater. Get it in the softest (lowest) flex that you can. If you're only going to be casting short, on small streams, you could always get the 3 and put a 4 line on it. I do this regularly with some of my rods, and they're all softer/slower than these two. It makes them feel and cast great at short distances. The line ratings on rods are only a suggestion from the maker, not law or fact.
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You're right, thanks and sorry, did not mean to offend anybody...


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I'm sure is a great rod and I heard Vantage has a very similar feeling. ZXL isout of my budget, though...

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I had the Vantage but sold it. Rod was fine but I had 5 different 3wts so some had to go. You mentioned the Avid, I had one of those too and it is much more medium action than the Vantage, therefore IMHO made it a better pure dry fly rod.

I dont know what your budget is but I got a 7'6" ZXL on a good deal and is is super sweet


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You know what? I like your opinions, but not 100% of it is applicable for me. The reason I started this thread and similar ones is that I do not have the chance to try many of the rods on the market, and the same is true for the fiberglass ones. But there's one difference: I'm happy with graphite and would like to get what has already worked for me, which makes me exclude fiberglass...

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To be candid...of the rods you mentioned i think the Orvis is better. Better warranty, better company, better casting rod. My opinion

A 4wt is the better choice for what you want. A 3 is pretty specialized and offers you no advantage vs. a 4wt in the real world...again...opinion.

Riptide is absolutely correct in my opinion. For what you are looking at, fiberglass is better. I might suggest the Cabelas CGT. Is nicer than either rod you are looking at by a good margin, and fiberglass outperforms graphite every time for short, small stream rods.

Opinions are like...well you know. My advice is good for the price!


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I emailed Orvis to ask the action of the new Clearwater series and they replied all of them have mid-tip action, which I like. In case I can take your advice and overline the rod...

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Of the two, get the 4 wt. Clearwater. Get it in the softest (lowest) flex that you can. If you're only going to be casting short, on small streams, you could always get the 3 and put a 4 line on it. I do this regularly with some of my rods, and they're all softer/slower than these two. It makes them feel and cast great at short distances. The line ratings on rods are only a suggestion from the maker, not law or fact.

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When it come to a small stream rod, you can't beat fiberglass


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RIGHT ON! I agree totally. But I do the the mixed blends like the Cabela's. I have two 7' 4 wt. bamboo, a 7' 4wt Lamiglass, a 7'9" (custom made) T.L.Johnson a 5' 3" 5 wt Fenwick.

My favorite right now is my 7' Hardy Test and my 6'6" - 4 wt. Cabela's glass (and by the way, I can cast bigger flies 60' easily with this rod and roll cast 50' with ease).

In Graphite I have the Trout Bum and the One Ounce both 7' four.
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Thank you guys for all the advice. I ended up with Clearwater rod. Can't wait to give it a try, but it's a shame that will have to wait for some months...
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Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

You will need to get yourself a vintage (or new) fiber glass rod in 6'6" or 7' before you discount the rods. I have some and most of us started with them because there were no graphite when we were young. New rods are cool, I understand the excitement of owning 'cutting edge' tackle, but those old rods are way cool when it comes to casting flies.

Glad you got yourself a new rod,

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