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Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Stanley Thurman (69.80.64.---)
Date: May 02, 2018 04:46PM

Hello,

Looking for a fly rod blank recommendation. A short #4 for stream trout in the MO/AR Ozark region. Would like to stay under $150 for this one. Bennett springs, White river, Meramac, etc.... These are a little smaller streams and rivers.

I am building a few fly rods soon on some inexpensive blanks just to go through the motions of a fly rod build. I Haven't built a fly rod yet. After that, I want to build one for someone who will be testing it for me and would like for it to be somewhat decent. Don't want to spend the big bucks until I get a few under my belt and I know they are right.

Getting ready for any good Memorial Day sales.

Thanks

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 02, 2018 05:48PM

Hard to beat the Batson and MHX selections, Batson has a number of actions and price pints available from suppliers on the left. How will you be fishing? Drys, Nymphing or a combination?

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Donald La Mar (---.lightspeed.lsvlky.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 02, 2018 05:54PM

TFO, RainShadow, MHX come to mind at or below your price point.

If you want a "no name" glass blank there are a bunch out there less than $100.

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Mark Hahn (---.211.40.162.dynamic.ip.windstream.net)
Date: May 02, 2018 09:16PM

You can spend more but I've been hooked on Batson Rainshadow products for three years. Great product at a great price. Good people to deal with. I'm building two of them right now.

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Ron Schneider (---.mthmcmta01.res.dyn.suddenlink.net)
Date: May 03, 2018 07:56AM

If you are going to fish smaller streams, look at the Batson Forecast F804 blanks.
However, for White River most like the extra reach of at least a 9', and maybe a 5 wt
Forecast blanks are hard to beat if a moderate price and action are wanted.
Here is a link;
[www.schneidersrods.com]

Best wishes,
Ron Schneider
Schneider's Rod Shop
Mountain Home, Arkansas
[www.schneidersrods.com]
schndrod@suddenlink.net
870-424-3381
Fax 870-425-0782

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Eugene Moore (---.dhcp.stls.mo.charter.com)
Date: May 03, 2018 10:26AM

Stanley,
I fish the mentioned streams quite often.
I prefer an 8 foot blank and carry 2 in different line weights.
The smaller is an 8 foot 4 weight for low clear water on windless days.
The larger is an 8 foot 8 weight for those days when the wind is gusting to 20 MPH.
I don't enjoy fighting the wind with a 4 weight and the 8 gives me at least a knife in the gunfight.
You can delicately land a small fly with a heavier fly line, but you can't cast a light line against the wind.
For heavier rigs , strike indicator with jig head , the 4 is the lightest I'd go and the turnover is easy with the 8.


Gene

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Stanley Thurman (---.hsd1.fl.comcast.net)
Date: May 03, 2018 11:11AM

Thanks for the great responses, I have enough to go on now. Will research a little more but think i'm ready.

Even thought I grew up in MO and spent most of my life there, for some reason, trout fishing was something I haven't done.

Thanks again!

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Re: Fly Rod Recommendation - 4wt for Ozark streams
Posted by: Tom Schotsman (---.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com)
Date: May 03, 2018 07:37PM

If you want to try glass I can recommend the Proof Havana, 4/5wt, 7'5". Sweet little rod when built up.

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