If you missed the post linked above the first time around, give it a read for a little background.
Here begins part one. First, the stats. To date, this rod has caught four species of fish (rainbows, browns, brook trout, and smallmouth) and left a sore lip in two others (bonefish and carp). It has traveled a total of 3,298 miles by land and air.
My initial impressions, you ask? This is my new favorite rod. Sure, this may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been fishing it more often that I would under different circumstances, but it has shown itself to be capable of some pretty varied situations. It has handled everything from dry flies to risers on the Toccoa, small streamers and nymphs to a ton of stockers (don’t ask), and small streamers in high water conditions on small freestones. It has cast medium-sized streamers to smallmouth and nasty little bugs to some stud carp. It has even seen some bonefish work in the islands.
Now, this rod is probably not the best rod for any of those situations. I struggled a bit to move long sections of line when mending dries on the tailwaters, for example. Also, it was far from the best rod for fifteen to twenty on bonefish flats, but I did manage to place a fly well enough for a four or five pound tailer to charge it like, well, a bonefish does. He ate, I set, he took off, and then . . . nothing. So it goes.
We’re going to continue to put this rod through as many situations as we can, and we aren’t going to be gentle about it. So far, it has handled it all. I’m open to suggestions on any other (attainable) species or situations you might think of .
Keep an eye out for Part II in just a few short months.