Features and context
The river I’m gonna talk about is located at the driest desert in the world, I don’t name it because I wanna make sure its survives (specially the bows and browns that lives within) the human race. It travels 250 miles from the Andean mountains to the Pacific Ocean, that’s why its called a river.
A river in the desert
I came across this river because I change jobs, and one of my arguments as a fly fishing enthusiast when being interviewed on February 24th 2011 is that it must be someplace nearby in which I can enjoy the sport I love so much. So the first thing I do when at the hotel in the new city was to hire a cab to drive me to this river in a hurry 😛
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.
Features and context
The Orvis Superfine Touch 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.
Orvis launched the Superfine line of fly rods in the 70’s, the first Superfine fly rods where made of bamboo with soft and delicate tapers targeted on the low AFTMA numbers. On that time a 4 weight AFTMA rod was among the lightest an delicate rods to fish with in small rivers and creeks. On of its things was the style the cork handle and rod blank was finished, instead of using a winding check they wrapped silk from the blank up to the cork giving them a unique style and beauty. This type of finishing was used on the new graphite blanks, also the blanks where left unsanded. The idea behind this graphite rods was to resemblance the slow casting stroke an delicacy of bamboo with a new lighter material such as graphite. The unsanded blanks, the Superfine style grip and the action of the rod are part of the distinctive points of the Graphite Superfine along those days till now. There is an exception with the recently passed out Superfine Trout Bum, they have their blanks sanded and the rod action was toward the mid to mid-fast action. They where launched in the mid 00’s till the Superfine replaced it this year (2011).
So Orvis listen to their customers and launch the Superfine Touch on november 2010, going back to unsanded blanks and a more full flex action. What its really new to this model is the real seat, which is an uplocking real seat with a nice wood spacer. They worked hard on the tapers of this blanks, they really hit the nail here, because 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 wind.
In my quest to get the most out of my time on the water fly fishing for trout when I’m not wading I try different kinds of watercrafts. As most of us I started with a round Caddis float tube that gives me plenty of freedom to carry it everywhere, I use to hike to lakes and ponds in my quest for trout.
Today I tweet about my concerns on the delivery of a brand new Orvis Superfine Touch 761-4 rod I bought from Bear’s Den on-line fly shop. Its taking too long to make it to destination (my hands) because our customs office was on strike near year end and that make the whole process a lot slower cause they are trying to catch up.
Despite all of that, Orvis customer care contacted me to let me know if they can work something out for me. That was amazing, just a tweet and Orvis customer care contacted me to help me out!!!
You realize that I’m not an endorsed Orvis guide, not even a guide. I’m not a blogger, I’m just a citizen like the guy next door.
Maybe Orvis stuff is a little bit overpriced, put at the end this things makes a huge difference in where you spend you hard earned cash.
Good for you Orvis! I’m a very happy customer of yours