Features and context
The Orvis Superfine Trout Bum 761-4 is a full flex fly rod, the 761-4 means that is a 7 feet 6 inches long, 1 weight AFTMA rod and 4 pieces. The weight of the rod is a mere 2.125 oz.
The superfine Trout Bum series of rods where launched in the mid 00’s till the Superfine replaced it this year (2011). This series break the unsanded blanks legacy for a sanded one. This model also sport a cork with aluminum rings which make it very light. Orvis worked hard on the tapers of this blanks, they make it a little more on the mid flex action, being a full flex, this rod loads great at short and long distances. Don’t be fooled by it full flex action, it has the backbone you need to use nymphs and defeat some wind, keep in mid this is a 1 wt rod.
The rod came with an aluminum rod tube which is on the classic side of Orvis rod tubes with a nice bronze cap.
The old reel seat is a blessing for some and a course for others, it subtracts as much as an ounce to the over rod weight, but require a more heavier reel to balance it well. Some people are fond to this old reel seat and other likes the uplocking reel seat more, its easier to put a reel on them.
You can see in the above picture the difference in the reel seat between a Superfine Trout Bum 761-4 and the Superfine Touch 761-4.
Another winning in the Superfine Trout Bum is its sale price, at 425 US dollars you can’t go wrong with a rod so packed with nice features, including titanium nitrite guides, gold ferrule alignment dots, sanded blanks, orange wraps with gold tipping. If you can live with an used one you can find it cheaper than that. Finding them new are getting difficult as time pass by
At the river
All of you reading this have to keep in mind that my view of this rod may differ from yours in a lot of ways, everyone has different likes and dislikes, different expectations, different casting strokes even different amount of experience fishing UL fly rods.
When I first get the rod at my office I was very exited, I build it right there for the classic indoor fly shop test that doesn’t tell you a lot but gives you a little “taste” of it. At that very moment I though to myself… mmm full flex, it feels good. Instantly I think of the action on the Superfine Touch and I dare to say they are very similar at this point,maybe the Trout Bum a little stiffer.
That very evening, at my house, I loaded it with a Sage 3100 reel with a 1 wt line in it, almost instantly I tell to myself… myself you better get a heavier reel… So I ask to my bro to score an Orvis BLA I on his next trip to USA. With the new reel loaded with an Orvis Silver label 1wt fly line I lawn cast it to feel it the way it should be feel a rod, with a reel and a line in it. It was love at the first cast!
On Saturday that week I went to a creek near home to field test it, what a joy. It was a joy to cast and fish. Because the delicacy it has to present the fly that morning I only fish the dry fly for an hour and then move to a two bead head nymphs tandem rig to test it against harsh conditions .
It was a great morning on a beautiful creek near home, the trout was eager to chase my flies, tiny #14 and up dries and nymphs. The creek is a small one, so you need to cast short distance to reach the pools, eddies and runs. Some pools are very clear and to fish them your best approach is from 30 or40 feet down the river, casting upstream to spooky trout. The Superfine Trout Bum works wonders on both situations in the river like the Superfine Touch.
As you can see above, the rod and reel look very nice together. Near mid day, some wind start to blown up, but it wasn’t a handicap with this rod either.
Wrapping up, the rod is a wonderful rod, I really love it in every way. If you are in the market for a 1wt ultra light fly fishing rod for small rivers and creeks, look no further. Between the Touch and the Trout Bum my heart goes to the Touch by a very close margin your mileage may vary