Help recommending a 4Wt Fly rod

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Hey everybody i have been out of the game for along time and it appears the days of 10foot 7 weights are gone.well for me anyways

I am looking for a recomendation for a good 4 wt rod. Either 8 foot 6 or 9 foot.

I currently have an airflo delta classic 10Foot 7wt and scierra XD7 but find them real heavy after a few hours fishing.

Ideally after something with a faster action and lightweight.

Had my eyes on the redington path 2 or classic trout but being in ireland these are not easily got

I would spend upto around 200 on a rod so whats a good buy in this budget and market?

Thanks for any help
 

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I think you could do a lot worse than have a look at the Orvis Clearwater range. A little above your £200 but they are decent rods for the money. I get supplied with 4 complete Clearwater outfits for teaching and guiding and as you can imagine they get a fair amount of "tap". You should be able to get Orvis kit in Ireland too.
 

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I think you could do a lot worse than have a look at the Orvis Clearwater range. A little above your £200 but they are decent rods for the money. I get supplied with 4 complete Clearwater outfits for teaching and guiding and as you can imagine they get a fair amount of "tap". You should be able to get Orvis kit in Ireland too.
Clearwaters couldn't be described as fast by any means, especially when fitted with a Clearwater line. I do agree that they are great teaching rods (I have a bunch of them for exactly that).
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Where is the best place to get fly fishing tackle in the U.k?

Fishing megastore? Or is there specific fly specialists

All the reviews seam to leave to the redington rod to be honest but i was keen to try a fast action rod.

What are people's opinions of the Agility 2 and agility rise fly rods?

They are approx 75 euros here in Ireland which seams a bargain
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone. Where is the best place to get fly fishing tackle in the U.k?

Fishing megastore? Or is there specific fly specialists

All the reviews seam to leave to the redington rod to be honest but i was keen to try a fast action rod.

What are people's opinions of the Agility 2 and agility rise fly rods?

They are approx 75 euros here in Ireland which seams a bargain
Basically, the best places to buy vary if you know what you want. Uttings are always a good bet but the bigger online retailers (Garry Evans, GAC, John Norris etc.) always seem to have perpetual sales.
 

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I don't believe the Agility or Agility Rise would be particularly fast actioned.

I would think maybe a Greys GR60 would be an option they are definitely under 200.

Maxcatch would have plenty options too, but what they call "fast" would be most peoples medium. I did have a lovely 8'6“ 4# from them and it was lovely and light. It was pretty fast and great on short casts. It got overwhelmed though with longer lengths of line out. If you are fishing smaller rivers and streams though it would be a good one.
 

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I bought an Aleka 3XT 9' #4 last summer and it is a really nice rod. It IS fast, and responsive and the cork and fittings feel and look high-end.
I did snap the section next to the tip casting all of a DT4 on grass. Aleka responded very quickly with a new section. I promptly gave it a beasting; I am confident the first one must have been a lemon and am really happy with it.
The list price is just under £100 but they are often auctioned on Ebay - I paid about £50 for mine, delivered.
 

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All the reviews seam to leave to the redington rod to be honest but i was keen to try a fast action rod.

What are people's opinions of the Agility 2 and agility rise fly rods?

They are approx 75 euros here in Ireland which seams a bargain

i've an Agility 2 Rise in 8' #4, love it for streams & light flies, lovely action, very light but definitely not fast action if thats what you want. Best Rod for the cost of it ive had, value for money wise.
i also have a 8'6" #5 & 9'6" #6 Agility 2 which are faster action than the rise
 

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I've got the Redington Classic Trout in 8ft 6ins #4, as Sean says a brilliant rod.

I bought it from a shop in Crediton last year when I was in Devon overnight, they do mail order:

 

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Hey everybody i have been out of the game for along time and it appears the days of 10foot 7 weights are gone.well for me anyways

I am looking for a recomendation for a good 4 wt rod. Either 8 foot 6 or 9 foot.

I currently have an airflo delta classic 10Foot 7wt and scierra XD7 but find them real heavy after a few hours fishing.

Ideally after something with a faster action and lightweight.

Had my eyes on the redington path 2 or classic trout but being in ireland these are not easily got

I would spend upto around 200 on a rod so whats a good buy in this budget and market?

Thanks for any help
Clonav are doing a good deal on these mate and I think they had a mention along the thread.
 
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Clonav are doing a good deal on these mate and I think they had a mention along the thread.
Thanks for the reply was chatting to Slaney angling and he also recommends the GR60 rod so it is on my rader for sure. I also noticed a redingtin classic Trout on the classifieds ee but I Do no have enough forum privileges to buy it . Shame
 

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Thanks for the reply was chatting to Slaney angling and he also recommends the GR60 rod so it is on my rader for sure. I also noticed a redingtin classic Trout on the classifieds ee but I Do no have enough forum privileges to buy it . Shame
You can surely send a private message to the seller..
I can't speak for slaney but clonav I highly recommend.. Let us know what you decide..
Gary
 

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If you're budget stretches that far I'd recommend the GR80 - its a stunning bit of kit and great value. If not, the GR60 is not to be ignored. In fact I only got the GR80 because I got a very good price reduction under warranty. The GR60 is the thinking man's wand! ;)

Mine is the 9' #5 and is used from boat, small still water bank and river for nymph and dry. I don't hesitate to recommend getting one.
 
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