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    New Zealand Dry Fly Rod 486-4 8' 6" 4wt

    Item: nz dry fly
    Colors Available:
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    Availability: In Stock Ready to Fish. Ships Next Business Day.
    Price: $695.00
    Special Price: $695.00
      
      
      
      
     
    Leland New Zealand Dry Fly Outfit:


    "Hooking a trout has much to do with how perfectly you are able to present your dries."



    The Leland Rod Co. New Zealand Dry Fly rod was designed specifically
    for those trout anglers who prefer to fish with dry flies. 
    Well-balanced, efficient, accurate and just plain fun to cast, this rod
    is what casting dreams are made of.  Rest assured that our rod is
    dressed with highest-quality components and the best blank materials
    available.  From the moment you handle this rod, to your first
    cast...it's all smiles.  It's like finding a classic car with a
    contemporary engine in it.



    Review by W. Arnold of Georgia



    Background


    I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to test the Leland
    New Zealand Dry Fly 486-4 fly rod for a couple of weeks. While testing
    this rod, I was able to solicit input from other guides and also an
    individual new to fly fishing, so the following comments are the
    consensus of several others, not just myself.



    Quality


    The build quality of this rod is excellent. The blank, guides, reel
    seat, and cork grip are all top quality components. The blank is
    slender and the ferrule connections are hardly noticeable. The action
    is medium to fast and very well suited to dry flies and small nymphs,
    and the rod tube and sock are also a "cut above." Neat, little extras
    include ferrule plugs and the sock even has a small pocket to store the
    plugs when the rod is assembled. There is also an extra place in the
    sock for a spare rod tip. At first glance the shape of the cork grip is
    a little "quirky," however, the ergonomics are excellent and the grip
    is a perfect fit for most hands. Overall, this is a very well thought
    out package.




    Casting


    I have ready many rod reviews where the reviewer states how easy a rod
    is to cast or the rod almost, "cast itself." I own a couple of these
    rods and do not find these statements to be accurate. However, I found
    the New Zealand Dry Fly rod to be one of the nicest casting rods I have
    ever had in my hand. The rod is excellent at short distances and loads
    with very little line. The rod can also throw a line a considerable
    distance and I had no trouble casting 60 feet or more. The rod also
    executes "roll casts" in an equally competent manner. While guiding a
    "Wounded Warrior," who had never cast a fly rod, I traded off the
    "guide rod" we provided for the New Zealand Dry fly rod model. He found
    his casting to be so much improved that he did not want to go back to
    the "guide rod."




    Lines


    I tried several different lines from Airflo to Rio and found a normal "trout taper," such as a Rio Gold to work best for my casting style.




    Fishing


    While I did not have the chance to land any fish larger than 14 inches,
    I felt the rod could handle large fish with ease. Casting accuracy was
    "dead on" and mending line was also very precise.




    Recommendation


    I would definitely recommend the rod to anyone of any skill level and
    my next rod purchase will be a New Zealand for sure.


    Leland New Zealand Dry Fly Outfit:
    • Line Size: 4
    • Length: 8 feet, 6 inches
    • Sections: 4
    • Blank color: Olive
    • Reel Seat: Darkened nickle silver, uplocking
    • Spacer: Cocobolo
    • Guides: Blued chrome light steel wire
    • Handle: Proprietary Leland Grip
    • Action: Adaptive, Fast
    Reviewer Title Date Comments Rating
    Love it! 4/2/2014 4:14 pm Too many rods to list that I had to cast to get to this one. I just wanted a fly rod that made dry fly trout fishing as fun as possible. I can honestly say that this is the best casting four weight I test cast. Best described as crisp and soulful. It's just so fun to cast...short to medium with great accuracy. I especially love the unique grip shap of Leland's rods. Strange at first glance, it's now my favorite cork grip in my rod collection. Wish I could add Leland's grip to all my other rods...it's that good. Oh, and the rod is beautiful, too.
    Great Quality 1/15/2014 10:17 am Quality The build quality of this rod is excellent. The blank, guides, reel seat, and cork grip are all top quality components. The blank is slender and the ferrule connections are hardly noticeable. The action is medium to fast and very well suited to dry flies and small nymphs, and the rod tube and sock are also a “cut above”. Neat little extras include ferrule plugs and the sock even has a small pocket to store the plugs when the rod is assembled. There is also an extra place in the sock for a spare rod tip. At first glance the shape of the cork grip is a little “quirky”, however the ergonomics are excellent and the grip is a perfect fit for most hands. Overall this is a very well thought out package. Casting I have read many rod reviews where the reviewer states how easy a rod is to cast or the rod almost “casts itself”. I own a couple of these rods and do not find these statements to be accurate, however I found the NZ 486 to be one of the nicest casting rods I have ever had in my hand. The rod is excellent at short distances and loads with very little line. The rod can also throw a line a considerable distance and I had no trouble casting 60 ft. or more. The rod also executes “roll casts” in an equally competent manner. While guiding a “Wounded Warrior” who had never cast a fly rod I traded off the “guide rod” we provided for the New Zealand model. He found his casting to be so much improved that he did not want to go back to the “guide rod”.