May 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm #4508
Those are really good comments DW. Thanks for sharing. And to let you know, you’re not the only one who casts with the guides to the side on occasion. And I thought I was the only one who did that.
And I must apologize for my ignorance. DFG, you’re right. Quads are popular. I have been looking up bamboo rod builders here in Colo. and I have found that about 50% of these wonderful craftsmen offer quads. I still have not seen one in person yet. I need to get out more I guess.
Though with all the information you all have shared and what I have been finding online, this is actually quite fun for me.
My son just read what I have said and agrees that I need to get out more. LOL. Well, my wife always say’s to him, “find what you’re good at and stick with it.” So I guess he will always be a smart a_ _.
Anyhoo, I got a plan established, and if by the grace of God Himself, the boo fantasy will come into reality.May 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm #4512
It is fun Scotty, enjoy the ride!May 27, 2015 at 9:49 am #4517
Dry Fly GuyKeymaster
I second DW’s comment.
~ DFGJune 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm #4572
I fished my 7’3″ 4wt pent over the weekend. It was actually the first time fishing it this year and I found it to be surprisingly fast. Tried it with a DT5 phoenix silk yesterday in the yard, and it’s still fast. I never did line it up and cast back to back with the other two pents I picked up. Going to have to do that.June 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm #4577
So I just broke out the 7’3″ 4wt, 6’9″ 4wt, and 7’6″ 5wt pents and the least sweet of the bunch is the 7’3″ 4wt. Just goes to show how subjective rods can be and it’s up to you and even what flavor you are into this year. My Octi and Hex rods are a step or two slower than these rods, with the Octi at the top of the food chain.
The 7’3″ tends to be quicker, and not as good in close as the 6’9″. At the same time it’s slightly quicker than the 7’6″ and not as sweet, even when using the same 5wt silk line as the 7’6″ 5wt. In my mind I thought the 7’3″ better than the two of them but it’s not so. That said, if I’d not found the 7’3″ last year and liked it as much as I did, I’d probably not even have the other two. I guess it’s a “quick” rod with good range on bigger waters and electric with a fish on – you really feel it, and still a great rod. I also wouldn’t be surprised if another 7’3″ behaved more like my others, which are strikingly similar while still being different. (The 7’3″ being more tippy and wanting a quicker stroke in close)
I’m to the point where I like the shorter rods unless I need something long and for now “long” is 7’6″.June 9, 2015 at 7:15 am #4583
Dry Fly GuyKeymaster
Good info there DW, and I can relate to the “flavor of the month” comment.
I recently fished my 704 and 663 quads. First thought I had was, “I don’t remember them being this fast!”
I actually preferred a 633 to them that day. And last year I would never have thought that could ever be the case.
~ DFGJune 9, 2015 at 10:45 am #4584
I guess it’s all relative to what we are used to at the moment.
A few weeks ago I went from fishing the octi to my saltwater rod the next day, 9′ 7wt Scott S4S with intermediate line. Talk about a difference in speed! I also cast that on the grass last weekend with the intermediate and a floater. Raw brutal power..the feel is there, but the speed up and stop is so fast – then it’s over and the line is flying away with a super tight loop.
At the time I bought it I thought it was a nice “easier casting” saltwater rod – which it is compared to some others. I should have held on to some of my Winston B2X rods for that but it’s not my focus anymore either.
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