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When we got these rods in the shop, their color immediately caught our eye and curiosity. There was something so light, so grassy, and so unassuming about not just the color, but the rods themselves. When we got out on the lawn and started casting we each in turn looked at each other and nodded gravely. It's our way of saying, "Wow, nice rod." Then we fought over the casting of it.
Once you cast one, you'll feel the same. Like us, you'll be happy to have found it. The Upstream Rod series will charm you, tempt you, and once again get you thirsty for those small streams that you so love to fish. Here's what Kirk Deeter wrote about them when these rods first came out: The Upstream rod series has a super-light, ultra sensitive feel. There are only four models: one 2-weight, two 3-weights, and an 8'-8" 4-weight that actually weighs an astounding p1.72 ounces (which is what I am fishing). They're graphite, but not the common high-modulus action. They feel more like fiberglass, but with a little bit more oomph. What that ultimately translates to is excellent line control, and for my money, line control is the name of the game, especially when you're pitching dry flies at tight targets on small water.
Each rod is designed to have a minimal, yet exacting approach to bush and upcountry fishing environments. Any of these rods will help you meet and master the dual-challenge of close casting and line control. The high modulus blanks are finished with cork cap, ring reel seats and a natural Tonkin Bamboo colorway with clear wraps. A fabric sock and a lightweight 1 5/8” brushed aluminum rod tube are included with each rod.
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I first became aware of the Douglas Upstream Series at George Anderson’s Shop in Livingston and saw some on the rack. I picked up the 8’8” 4 weight and it was love at first wiggle. It was the nice soft rod that I had been looking for. So I bought one and it immediately became my favorite rod of all time. It’s like a cane rod that weighs only 1.7 ounces. The dampening is perfect and it will cast the smoothest, wobble free line that you will ever see. It’s been the perfect rod for my favorite waters; Western Spring Creeks, the Cutthroat Streams of the Canadian Rockies, English Chalkstreams, or any small stream. When I let friends try it, including Tom McGuane and A.D. Maddox, they immediately bought one. I’ve cast hundreds or rods over the years and this rod has the “secret sauce” like no other. I love it so much, I bought a second one.
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