These fly rod and reel outfits are ideal for kid's and youth trying the sport of fly fishing. This is, however, where most folks actually test rods before buying. It is one of the Best Fly Rods available on the market. I have also found that over and over again that the rod I enjoyed most behind the fly shop is not the one I enjoyed most on the river. When I picked up the Asquith after spending some time bouncing back and forth between the other faster rods in the group it was noticeably a different animal. At 30 feet it was probably a tie with the Orvis H3F which also still had “feel” up close but felt zippier and more powerful. So on one hand while the rod is “easy” to cast close in, it felt like work at longer distances. Can someone please bring back the Light Line, or better yet some M#%%F&%G Bamboo? The Igniter is definitely an application specific rod - if you are going to fish it up close you may need to line it up an entire line weight (7weight). Our second observation was that all of us had slightly different casting strokes which greatly impacted how we perceive the different rods. It might be overkill in a lot of situations but I love the idea of having the rod that I know can always get it done, even on longer casts and in the wind. A shorter fly rod will allow you to do short casts accurately which is great for fishing for small fish. It struck him as a great overall rod with a lot of power. It wasn’t as buttery smooth as the LL, X or H3F at 30 feet but you could still load it by picking up your casting cadence. The igniter just feels better and better as you make longer and longer casts. Even though he readily admitted the shortcomings of the LL at longer lengths; Pierce voted this his favorite rod - “Sure it isn’t the most efficient rod for longer casts or in the wind but this is a “fun rod” and I like a fun rod when I’m fishing”. Choosing a fly rod that’s designed for streamer fishing used to be difficult. It was hard to place a finger on why but when I was switching back and forth between the X, H3D and Igniter I noticed more similarities than differences. On longer casts it flexed deeper into the rod but still maintained good power. Orvis Clearwater Fly Fishing Rod. Rod tapers are now just as important as rod materials. “I’ve got a feeling I would like this rod a lot more on the big water casting big bugs”. … This is light and balances well in the hand but feels too stiff on short casts where there wasn’t enough line to load and flex more than just the tip. Pierce quickly acknowledged that … KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rod 3. … As a fan of faster action rods he felt like the X could still had enough backbone and zip to match his casting style yet offered some smoother casts up close than some of canons like the Igniter. At longer ranges some of the other rods outperformed the H3F but Zach still felt it had enough power and enjoyed the smooth feel and tight loops, even at 60 feet. A link to purchase your Montana license online is also provided, Frequently asked questions related to fly fishing in Montana and about our fishing trips and packages, Montana Angler is a family run business that prides itself on working with the best guides and lodging options in Montana. Although it wasn’t as fun at close range as the LL or H3F it still retained some “feel” on closer casts, but was mostly just loading the tip. Others cast at distance with control and ease but lost their “feel” and didn’t load well in close. I still enjoyed the rod at 45 feet but I had to really make sure my timing was right - although it through great loops when I was on my game. Of course, when you are purchasing a rod in a shop - you can’t always take 6 or 7 different rods out for a real world spin on real world streams and rivers. If you love fast action rods, have an accelerated casting stroke or need to punch wind or make longer casts on bigger water this would certainly be rod to consider. Experience some of the lower 48's most remote fisheries. Weights: 3 to 6. Often when I switched back to the Asquith I wasn’t impressed - but then if you kept casting you slowly adjusted and kind of thought “hmmm”. At 45 feet the Sage X feels a little smoother than the 3D but they were similar. What seems like a “normal cast” on the water seems absurdly short when you are on an expansive sea of grassy lawn. Some of these rods could use either - for example the Sage X feels a little zippier at longer length casts with a trout taper but has more feel at 30 feet with a power taper. Brian:The Sage X is another one of those rods that feels great in your hands and seems to effortlessly cast tight loops, especially at mid range casts common on larger Western rivers. You can really “feel” every cast. It was his second favorite behind the Orvis H3F. (note: be on the lookout for Sage's new streamer rod called the Payload, coming in August). To complicate matters; how much you enjoy (or dislike) a rod also depends on how and where you are fishing. Rods TestedWe opted to select 6 premium price point rods (generally retailing between $875 and $1000) with a spectrum of rods that were designed for different applications (high powered canons for long distance and wind all the way to more moderate actions that “feel” buttery even on up-close casts. Jimmy:Jimmy didn’t get a lot of love to the X at distances under 45 feet and felt like the LL, H3F and H3D all felt better in close casting scenarios and even to typical mid range trout casts. Many trout fishing casts are under 30 feet and 60 feet is about as far as you would ever actually cast in a real life fishing scenario. I left feeling a little perplexed by the Asquith...or maybe intrigued. Although he was still smiling at 30 feet, he appeared to break into hives at 60. Site cast to trophy trout cruising the shallows of several productive lakes. 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