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#11097033 - 09/11/15 01:52 PM Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions....
Texomasooner Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
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Loc: Collinsville TX
I've been a die hard TFO fan for the 4 or 5 years that I've been fly fishing but, I'm kicking around trying a Clearwater 4wt 10ft. My thinking is going to a longer rod that should lead to easier roll casting in areas that won't allow a back-cast. Anybody have an opinion on the rod or idea?????


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#11097064 - 09/11/15 02:08 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
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Can't comment on the Clearwater but I have a 4 wt 10 ft BVK for the same reasons. I think a 10 ft rod is perfect nymphing rod for trout fishing especially on medium to large streams. It makes roll casting, mending and handling long leaders much easier. Like you I love TFO rods, that's all I fish and have 8 of their rods. But if the BVK breaks on me again for no reason I'll be looking for another 10 ft rod. Have never had an issue with any of tfo's rods breaking on me but the BVK has broken 3 times on me for no reason and after a Google search it appears I'm not the only one. If you get the Clearwater let me know how you like it. I have a feeling it's only a matter of time before I'll be replacing the BVK.
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#11097412 - 09/11/15 06:22 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
Texomasooner Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
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Loc: Collinsville TX
I've read the same concerns of the BVK rods, that's why I'm considering the Clearwater for this length and application. It doesn't have a lifetime warranty but it does have 25 years. I primarily use a TFO 3wt 8'9 Finesse rod and I have 5wt & 7wt 9' rods so it's time to start with even numbers now I guess..... Gotta justify it some way!

I've got a buddy that was in New Mexico and the guide they used had the Clearwater rod and it was impressive to him (he's also a TFO user).

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#11097463 - 09/11/15 07:02 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
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I have a Redington Link it was a higher end rod from Redington last year 395.00 retail I have several of them including a 10' 4wt check eBay as you can pick them up on the cheap now and are very very nice
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#11097799 - 09/11/15 10:49 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
Jim Ford Offline
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I can't comment specifically on the 10' 4 weight, but I have three Clearwaters and I think that they are a lot of rod for the money.

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#11097893 - 09/12/15 05:38 AM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
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I just got a new Impact 9 ft 5 wt TFO. I don't know if it's out in the specs you want but worth looking at. Rapidly making my favorite list.

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#11098312 - 09/12/15 12:33 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
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I'd go with the clearwater
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#11100307 - 09/13/15 12:55 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
Lane H. Offline
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I've got two Clearwater rods: a 2 wt/6 foot and a 5 wt/9 foot. They load well and are forgiving when you flub a cast. I roll cast with mine relatively well, but if your back cast is limited, your overhead may be as well. If you find yourself needing to fish tight quarters a lot, I recommend a tenkara rod or a shorter rod, like maybe a 3 wt / 7' 6" (which Orvis has in a GREAT Superfine combo, or you can pair any 3 wt reel with the TFO Professional series rod (also a good rod).
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#11101620 - 09/13/15 09:10 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
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Loc: Arlington, TX
+1 on the Clearwater - my 9' 5wt is my go to rod in almost all situations.
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#11104025 - 09/14/15 09:12 PM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
2FlyFish4 Offline
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i normally don't like to over line rods. but i might suggest doing so on your 10' 4wt. my reasoning is, assuming this will mostly be used as a trout rod. 1. a 5wt line will help load the rod at your typical trout casting ranges. 2. the 5wt line will handle heavy split shot and indicator rigs much easier. 3. will give you a little more umph when casting into the wind, particularly when you have a strong wind coming down stream and your making up stream cast. since you'll likely be using a 10' rod on mid/large streams you will likely often find yourself in the some of the above situations.
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#11104631 - 09/15/15 08:51 AM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Texomasooner]
ZachW Offline
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Registered: 04/29/14
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As much as I love my shorter glass rod, I would love a 10ft 4wt for nymphing. Especially when you're going deep and heavy. That clearwater looks like a great option.

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#11104725 - 09/15/15 09:22 AM Re: Orvis Clearwater 4wt 10ft Opinions.... [Re: Ellie's Grampa]
winchester44 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/07
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Loc: Fort Worth
Originally Posted By: Ellie's Grampa
+1 on the Clearwater - my 9' 5wt is my go to rod in almost all situations.


Ditto on this. I've had all 3 generations of the clear water and they have only gotten better.
(broke the previous two and Orvis replaced with newer)

I also have a 6wt BVK. It's an awesome rod and outstanding value as well.

I've also been hearing a lot of good things about the new Orvis Recon rods from several guides as also being a lot of rod for the money. Another price category though.

Best advice I ever got: "Go cast the bloody thing" Good luck!

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