Finding my way down to Denver last week for the premier of the soon to be cult classic fly fishing movie “Connect”, I was presented with the rare opportunity to field test a fly rod from Larry Snyder of Flyfishing Crazy. Now, I normally shy away from doing reviews and testing products for people, but this opportunity was different. This rod and series of rods were built exclusively for Project Healing Waters, with the intent of giving 20% (plus, an additional $20/rod) of the proceeds from the sale of each rod back to the organization. Project Healing Waters provides fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics for wounded and injured military personnel. Needless to say, the decision to take this rod fishing was easy.
The rod that I was going to test, was the 8’6" 4wt. A perfect match for most any fishing I do on the Poudre. Pulling the rod out of the case while stringing up, the first thing I noticed was how aesthetically pleasing the rod was to look at. This rod was wrapped in Army colors, but can be customized for whatever branch of the military you desire. I was anxious to hit the water, not only for the fishing, but also to put this rod through the ringer.
The rod itself performed wonderfully. It cast with the same ease and accuracy I would expect from some of the more expensive rods I have owned and tried. The tip was flexible enough to protect my 6x tippet. While the rod itself, had plenty of backbone to play even the largest of fish in the river (not saying that I caught one of those). Stripping some line, I wanted to see how the rod would handle throwing some longer distance casts. And as I expected, it didn’t disappoint. The rod was a rocket launcher. And that’s saying something if I can lay down a cast of 60 feet or more (if you follow along, you have learned that I don’t pride myself on casting).
Besides the fact that this rod is built and sold with the intent of giving back to a great organization, I would recommend this piece of equipment to anyone looking for a high quality rod to add to the quiver. The price point alone justifies some serious consideration, as these rods sell between $335-$345 apiece, and can be customized from the 8’6” 4wt to a 9’0” 8wt. I was really pleased that the quality of the rods matched the quality of the organization that they support.
*These rods are sold exclusively through Flyfishing Crazy, so please check them out. And with the holidays just around the corner, I couldn’t imagine a better gift.
*Thanks Larry for presenting me with this opportunity, and for all the hard work you do for PHW.
*To learn more about Project Healing Waters and how you can get involved, please check out there website at Project Healing Waters.