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    Scotty MacFly
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    There’s something I have noticed when it comes to rods. It’s the term trout rods. I have noticed that when rods described as medium action or slower they refer to them as trout rods, but generally medium action like the Scott G2 or the Redington Classic Trout. Price means nothing.

    I have heard of rods being described as fresh, and salt water. But it seems not all ( as I understand it ) freshwater rods are trout rods. Is it the action of a rod, or is it the weight of it like a 3 to 5 weight rod? I can see a 8 weight not being a typical trout rod, that makes sense to me, but still I have read many times people referring more to the action than the weight.

    So what defines a trout rod?

    #5404

    Grsdlnr
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    I suppose if you use it to catch trout, it’s a trout rod.

    It’s not so much the action but the type and size of fly the rod’s designed to cast IMO. Not easy to toss a #2 deer hair bug or a #4 Bomber with any 4 weight – fast, slow or in between. By the same token most of us would find an 8 weight somewhat less than delicate for tricos (not to mention that it would take the trout of a lifetime to put a bend in the rod at all)

    #5405

    Scotty MacFly
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    I share your opinion. If you catch trout, no matter the rod, it can be classified as a trout rod no matter the action or weight. But then again, you wouldn’t use a 4wt to catch pike because that’s not a pike rod. But you can use an 8wt to catch trout, and like you said, less than delicate.

    It’s a door wide open to different opinions. Like I said, it can be any class of rod depending on how it’s used. But to me, the best trout rod would be a 4wt, medium to med/fast.

    So let me ask this instead. What would be the perfect trout rod in every ones opinion?

    #5406

    Dark Waters
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    Scotty, there are so many variables involved…

    I’m just going to ignore them and say that right now I’m partial to 7′ 4wt boo rods, old ones at that.

    #5407

    Grsdlnr
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    A Payne 100 is my idea of a nearly perfect short to medium distance dry fly taper. As long as the wind isn’t too bad.

    #5408

    Dark Waters
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    I recently picked up a neat little 7′ 4wt Edwards Quadrate at the big auction site that I’m quite pleased with. My first Quad and only Eastern made rod, may have to take it home to CT this fall for native brookies.

    #5409

    Scotty MacFly
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    That sounds fantastic DW. I am very interested in the quads. I hear they have a solid backbone and they are very accurate, along with smooth casting. A pleasure to cast and fish with, like all bamboo rods are, but a different feel. That’s my understanding on them.

    Does it say who the maker is on it?

    #5410

    Dark Waters
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    It was made by W. E. Edwards, “Bill” Edwards, was as far as I know, the earliest well known maker of Quads. His father, Eustis Edwards was a rod maker also.

    This rod is a “trade rod” made for Bill Rosgen who had a sporting goods shop in Winsted CT. He had rods made with his name of it and this is one of those rods. (the hand writing on the rod is Mrs Edwards)

    Bill Edwards made rods from 1939 – 1955 so the youngest it is likely to be, is 61 years old. Rods of this length and line weight are quite rare from those days so I’m happy I was able to get it. It has a very delicate medium action feel and I like quite a few different lines on it.

    #5411

    Scotty MacFly
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    Alright! That’s a great find you have. I asked about the maker hoping it wasn’t a modern day rod copy. I’m very happy for you.

    #5412

    Dark Waters
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    Thanks Scotty!

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