Poll - 4wt Taper
Posted 11 August 2006 - 03:02 PM
Shown above are the stress curves for the different tapers in RodDNA format. For an explanation on how to interpret stress curve charts go here or here.
So lets see what you guys think, and I'd love to see some comments from people who have made or fished with these tapers to better explain their actions to those who may not be familiar with them.
Posted 11 August 2006 - 06:58 PM
Posted 12 August 2006 - 04:00 AM
I vote for the Perfectionist
Posted 17 August 2006 - 08:06 AM
Why are you in such awe of the perfectionist? The reason I am asking is I have built the P97, Dickerson & Sir D, and I like them in that order... But, I have been thinking of trying a Young para taper and your thoughts & experiences would be appreciated.
Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:48 PM
Posted 17 August 2006 - 11:35 PM
I didn't get to fish with it, but lawn casting, I fell in love with it. I usually tend towards faster progressive rods and have been told for a long time I would hate parabolic action rods. (How wrong they were...) From what I understand the perfectionist is not very parabolic and that slightly stiffened mid actually made for prety nice snappy short casts. It loaded great with just a little line out but I could still cast nearly a full line... Not bad for a 4 weight. On top of that it was amazingly accurate and threw nice tight loops.
I must have cast 30 or more rods at CRR and that one impressed me above all the others. It was really really sweet. The only other rod that came close to impressing me as much was the Martha Marie. In fact I liked every PHY taper I cast except the Para 15 which I just couldn't quite get the feel of. The Para 17 on the other hand... I put out the entire line plus a few yards of backing past the tip top, making probably my personal best distance cast.
If you build one and don't like it you can always send it to Colorado and I'll send you some pictures of it with some nice fish.
Posted 18 August 2006 - 08:07 AM
I'm considering the Para 14, but was a little hesitant as I have never cast a parabolic rod. I think you have sold me on it. Beside if I don't like it I can always send it to Colorado and you could send me some pictures of it with a few of your meager "fish"...
Posted 18 August 2006 - 12:18 PM
Speaking of the Perfectionist, I also really like that taper. It looks like a regular PHY parabolic rod on paper, but in the field it doesn't begin feeling parabolic at all until you get a decent amount of line out. Before that it feels like a medium-fast action 4wt. I especially like the way the tip turns over - hard to describe but it just has a great action. Once you get some line out the soft butt gradually kicks in and you can easily throw a lot of line.
I agree with your order of preferences Jamie and I still prefer the P97 myself. It is just so smooooth, versatile and easy to cast that it is hard not to love.
Posted 18 August 2006 - 11:54 PM
The Dickerson is not my style and the Cattanach s even tippier. The Perfectionist is a great rod but I like the 97 better. The Granger might be to my liking, but I havenīt cast one, so I cannot vote for it.
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