This is not a big name rod. The blanks are made for my friend, Eric Montaclair. He builds on them rods that are fishing machines. Every fraction of a gram that could be saved has been saved, every flash removed, everything is full functionnal and rigorously as advertised. It’s an 8’6 rod which has been designed with a Wulff TT WF4F in mind, but will probably work with plenty of other 4wt lines. The action is fast without excess, it’s definitely not a casting machine. It’s meant for fishing. Long leader nymphing. So it will let you cast the leader alone, and then, provided your line to leader is really slim, pull the line through the guides while casting the leader. It’s extremely well balanced. The cork of the grip is a real flor grade, smooth as a baby’s butt. For those of you who read those numbers, the ERN is 4.40 and the AA is 70.
In my hand, this rod means perfection. Here’s how I know. We were going to fish together with Eric, and knowing he’s always cooking new stuff, and being the total geek I am, I asked him if he had something I could try. Sure, he said. Try that. He handed me his own 864, the rod he was going to use. I gave it a wiggle, nodded, and proceded to do a couple of casts. Felt nice, veeeery light, it brought a smile on my face. At that moment fish began to rise and we were fishing. Then something strange happened. Four hours had passed without my giving a single thought to the rod. And for those who know me, that’s not me at all. I dig casting, I dig trying rods to experience them. This one was just invisible: between my eye and the fly, it was just transparent. Seamlessly integrated into my stroke, into my fishing. That day I knew I had to get one of those. Next spring, I know what I’ll have in hand most of the time when there are fish around.
You should get in touch with him, he’s super nice and will tell you everything you want to know about his rods.