Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Project Healing Waters Rod Review

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.

16 comments:

  1. Larry is a great guy and I had the pleasure to meet and work with him in April on the PHWFF trip to the Big T. Glad you got a chance to try out one of his rods.

    Larry and you both have passion for the sport and also care about others and the beauty we get to enjoy out fishing. What a great combo to have!

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  2. Nice review Sanders. Thanks for giving Healing Waters (and Larry!) some great props.
    I've got a prototype rod coming from Larry to try/review at a PHW event on the Salmon River (NY) with the Ft. Drum chapter in a couple weekends. Hoping to put a good bend in it!

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  3. Great review. A wonderful rod for a wonderful cause.

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  4. Thank you for the great review, Sean... I need to thank Terry Johnson of TL Johnson Rod Company for building these fantastic rods and keeping them affordable for me. Terry and I are both former Army and want to help our disabled soldiers and veterans learn the peace and tranquility that we all enjoy in fly fishing. The Denver group of PHW will have a booth at the Denver ISE show in January. I am working with Terry to have a special Fiberglass Project Healing Waters rod for the show and maybe add that as an additional offering through FlyFishingCrazy. Stop by the booth, learn more about what we do for our veterans and buy some raffle tickets to help us fund some great fishing trips for the vets this year.
    Larry Snyder

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  5. I had a brief opportunity a few weeks ago to give the Project Healing Waters rod a wiggle and I was impressed. I've been impressed before because I own a TL Johnson glass rod. I can't wait to see what the new glass looks and feels like. Nice job Sanders.

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  6. Sanders great review. I love this program. What a great idea and purpose. The rod sounds like a sweet deal plus being able to customize it makes it all that much better. Thanks for sharing. Tight Lines.

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  7. Larry is an awesome guy, very supportive of many and PHW is lucky to have him. Great review of what is undoubtedly a great rod on many levels.

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  8. pretty expensive but sounds like a worthy cause

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  9. Dean- Larry is a great guy for sure. It's good to have people like both of you out on our waters, giving back and helping out such a great cause.

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  10. Matt- Look forward to hearing your report. I really enjoyed this rod, and am sure that you will have fun fishing the 6 in a few weeks.

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  11. Brk Trt- I was happy that Larry asked me to test this rod. It performed wonderfully, and is befitting of such a great organization.

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  12. Larry- Thanks for letting me test the rod. Like I told you, I had a blast fishing with it.

    Thanks for adding your comments, as I had forgotten to give credit to Terry Johnson for making such a quality rod.

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  13. Howard- Thanks! I would be very interested in giving the glass a go when they come out. Should be fantastic.

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  14. Trout- I had a chance to see all of the different colors for the wraps, and the ability to customize the rod is pretty sweet. It's a cool rod for sure.

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  15. Kirk- Thanks. I couldn't agree more about Larry or the rods.

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  16. Blake- The price might turn some people off, but I think the cause justifies giving this rod some consideration. I'm confident that it wouldn't disappoint.

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