If you follow the above advice I'd be surprised if you were disappointed. The CTs are nice rods, the price is a bonus.
Sweet, thanks. This was one of the first rods I looked at but I stopped looking at it for a reason I cannot remember. I think that's the direction I'll go. Have a line suggestion? I was thinking Cortland 444 Modern Trout.One of the best bangs for the buck is the Redington Classic Trout. They have a few different configurations in 4 weights. Go check them out. Online pricing is better than Redington's pricing. There are 8’, 8 1/2’ and 9’ versions.
I have used that exact line on my 3 weight Redington CT and it does just fine, but the line I prefer better is the AirFlo Super Dri Elite. I have also recently tried the AirFlo River and Stream on some of my 4 weights and like it as well. In a 4 weight, I prefer DT lines, but WF will work as well. I primarily throw dry/dropper rigs at not terribly long distances.Sweet, thanks. This was one of the first rods I looked at but I stopped looking at it for a reason I cannot remember. I think that's the direction I'll go. Have a line suggestion? I was thinking Cortland 444 Modern Trout.
I wasn't familiar with that line so I looked it up. Now I don't own a Classic Trout in the 4 wt, but for those CTs that I own/have owned/cast I think a true-to-weight line works best. So for the same price point as the Modern Trout, I probably would go with either the Cortland 444 Classic (the Peach), in either the WF or DT, or the SA Frequency Trout (WF) or Double Taper (DT obviously). Since it sounds like you intend fish primarily dries, you also might want to look into the Wulff Triangle Taper; note though it's a rather polarizing taper (people seem to love it or hate it) and also if you think many of your casts will be short you may find it not to be the best choice. So I'd go with a true-to-weight 4 wt line in a standard/all-around taper--i.e., the Cortland Peach, the SA Frequency Trout/DT or possibly the Airflo mentioned above (I had a Super Dri Elite and though it cast well initially it had about the worst memory of just about any line I can remember, but that was probably 5 years ago and I think the problem may have been addressed). Good luck to you.I was thinking Cortland 444 Modern Trout.
To the OP: From the rods you listed, had assumed your budget was $200 +/-. If it's higher then let us know, though unless it's significantly higher would still probably suggest the Classic Trout. Heck, you can get the CT and a line for under $200.If you want something a bit nicer than the Redington look at the Hardy Shadow. Dreamy, and relatively inexpensive.
I have used that exact line on my 3 weight Redington CT and it does just fine, but the line I prefer better is the AirFlo Super Dri Elite.
SA Frequency Trout (WF)
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I found the CT for $120 so pulled the trigger w/ SA Trout and a 7wt TFO BVK for streamers since I spend most of my year in Vancouver BC fishing big streamers for bull trout. Excited to see how they work out.What length are you going to get? 8’6” is my favorite 4wt length. Great for small to midsize rivers and a nice Stillwater dry fly rod. I have a 486 and 490 of the same make and model. They are two very different rods.