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Old 11-17-2013, 07:15 PM
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Default 10' 4wt recomendations

Hello everyone. I'm looking for a 10' 4wt rod to add to my collection. I want to use mostly for fishing from my pontoon boat but I also want to use it as a European style nymph rod. I need to be able to use it for nymphs but be able to throw dry flies in a pinch. I've been looking at the hardy zenith but would love to hear what you guys think. Recommendations for reel and line would be appreciated as well.
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Hello Neil,

Welcome to the forum, I won't be able to help you sort out a 4 weight but wanted to let you know we appreciate you posting with us here. I hope you'll take a look at the 'Fly Rods' sub forum threads because you may very well find the answer there among the various thread topics. To find the many sub forums, click the 'Forums' tab located in the menu bar at the top of this thread and they will all load for you.

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I recently finished a 10' 4wt from a Quickline blank and love the rod. It is a fast rod which can be great, I've also lined it with a 5wt line and it slowed down a bit. Fished well both ways with dries and nymphs. Cast heavy nymph rigs well. Not sure if you're open to custom rods or just looking for factory. Building one could be a nice challenge, or custom rod builders could wrap one for you.
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I have a Sage Z-Axis in 10 ft 4 wt that I really like, you might be able to find one on EBay.

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Default Re: 10' 4wt recomendations

I have a BIIIx Winston 10' 4 and recently bought my grandfather a Helios II 10' 4 for his birthday. After fishing both I have to say if you want to nymph all day I think the helios is a bit lighter and quicker and would be less fatiguing/quicker on sets. Casting wise, I think the Winston is a bit slower in the longer sizes and it tosses a dry fly very well if needed. The zenith would also be a great rod, I havent cast a 10' 4 zenith but Im sure it would be a good choice as well.
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I will be interested to see the replies as well since I am mulling over buying this same set up. I want to stay away from fast or tip stiff rods as I tend to "Roland Martin" my hook sets so I want to protect 6x tippet.

I've cast the Hardy Marksman II in this configuration and I liked it. I also am interested in the Grey's Streamflex as well
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Default Re: 10' 4wt recomendations

The Sage ESN (European Style Nymphing) rod seems to be a popular rod.

My Review on Sage's ESN Fly Rod for European Nymphing...

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If you don't want to break the bank....have a look here
wychwood-game.co.uk : River & Stream 10ft #4 4piece
got one for a few months and really enjoy it
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Default Re: 10' 4wt recomendations

I had Steve Clark from Midwest Custom Rods make one from a 10ft. 4wt.Quickline blank last year. I use it from the spring creeks in Wisconsin to big water out west. I caught a 22in. rainbow on the Frying Pan River in October on 6x with it. Handled the fish well.
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