Recommendations for 9ft 4wt

grey duster

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Hello again everyone.
Moved down from the NW England to the Cheltenham area in the last couple of years and seriously going back to fly fishing. I used to fish rivers like the Ribble, Hodder and Wenning and my go-to rods for Spiders and Dry Fly were different versions of 5 wt or 5/6wt or (in one case) a B&W Featherlite 5/7 wt (lovely slow action) all typically 9ft. I now will be fishing the Cotswold limestone tributaries of the Thames and these rods are overgunned and I am looking for an 8ft 6"- 9ft 4wt budget up to around £200 but would stretch a bit further if necessary for the right rod. Would be grateful for any recommendations.
Thanks in anticipation.
GD
 

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Hello GD, haven’t heard from you in a long time, so you’ve moved south eh.
i use a Sage SP 9ft #4 for my spider fishing, lovely through action always a pleasure to use. They can still be found but are holding a decent price.
S.
 

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Hello GD, haven’t heard from you in a long time, so you’ve moved south eh.
i use a Sage SP 9ft #4 for my spider fishing, lovely through action always a pleasure to use. They can still be found but are holding a decent price.
S.
Thanks - will have a look and keep eye open!
 

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If you can find a second hand Vision Cult 9’ 4 weight that would fit the bill. Light, medium heading towards slow action but plenty of power in the butt to control the fish.
 

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If you’re buying new, an Orvis Clearwater 9’#4 is a good rod in your budget. It’s a good general purpose rod on small medium sized rivers when you could be doing anything and everything in the course of a day. It’s always in the boot just in case. THe updated range isn’t out long (with horrible white livery on the butt section) so you’ll get a second hand one of the previous edition for much less.
 

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Thanks everyone - I will have a look at the options suggested and feedback on what I decide to do.
 

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Clearwaters are quite good, also Fulling Mill but they don't seem to make them anymore. Both good value. But I think it's better to go along and try a few somewhere. I've always found rods to suit me best that way.
 

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Would seriously look at the Vision Onki. I bought one on a whim last season really not needing another rod and it is still here. Not in the weight you seek but fishing the rod leads me to think a 4wt could be well worth consideration within the budget.
 

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Snowbee Prestige, superb all rounder and as already posted, an absolute bargain just now due to the newer model being out.
Vision Onki is another belter of a rod for the money.
Spoiled for choice of very good rods in your price range these days.
 

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I have a 9'#4 Vision Onki and it is a superb rod as is the Vision SISU albeit at a higher price. I would also look at the new Guideline Elevation which is a fair bit cheaper than the Onki. I have just bought 3 of them in 9'#5 and 9'9" and 9' #6 weights, they are brilliant, very light and cast like a dream. John Norris is giving away a free reel with them at the moment.
 

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I have a 9'#4 Vision Onki and it is a superb rod as is the Vision SISU albeit at a higher price. I would also look at the new Guideline Elevation which is a fair bit cheaper than the Onki. I have just bought 3 of them in 9'#5 and 9'9" and 9' #6 weights, they are brilliant, very light and cast like a dream. John Norris is giving away a free reel with them at the moment.
I've just had a look may by that setup payday great price thanks for sharing
 

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Wait until tomorrow as the past two Sundays they've had a 24 hour special discount of 20%.

Don't get confused with the older Elevate, a good rod but the Elevation is better.
 

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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I took some local advice as well (and based on actual rod length trials with a coach) and eventually went for a shorter rod; as I have an 8ft 4 wt I opted for 8ft 6" which I actually found quite restrictive in terms of selection and have ordered an Orvis Clearwater taking into account Running Bear's suggestion - I could be doing anything during the course of a day. I will post back with experience when I have tried it. I valued the suggestions very much - thanks to everyone and I'm impressed with the range of Vision Rods in particular - I have a Vision Vipu 6ft6" 3wt.
 
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