I have for many years read and spoke to people about different actions of fly rods and their characteristics while fishing and casting, I have always like tip action rods and you hear a lot about loosing fish with a tip action rod, I loose fish the same as any one else, but is it down to the rod, one client I took out regularly was obsessed by it all, swapping and changing rods, messing around with different hooks and ideas etc.
As I always fished with tip action rods I thought I would give a softer actioned rod a go, Guideline Sweden offered me a Fario 10′ 3# to test for them, when it turned up first impressions were very good, nice alloy rod tube and rod sock, the rod it’s self is very impressive, lovely cork handle a lot better than some rods twice the price, with a birds eye maple reel seat ( well I think, not all that clued up on my wood ! ) The olive colour of the rod blank is very nice, I’m not a fan of some of these stranger coloured rod blanks, silvers and golds etc, all in all the rod looked very good, testing the action of the Fario next to my Helios it certainly does have more of a progressive action, a real progressive bend, threading a line through it and a bit of practise casting, it performed really well roll cast and over head no problems, so onto some fishing you could feel it wasn’t to happy if you used nymphs with to much weight in them, but as long as you fished on the lighter side duo French nymphing and dry fly it was spot on. The first fish I caught was a grayling around 1 1/4 lbs, it did take me by surprise a little as the rod bent double, well it looked it compared to my tip actioned rods I caught quite a few fish in a short period, and on this occasion not one dropped of the hook, perhaps there is something in these softer rods, several outings latter and a lot of fish caught and a few lost. I wasn’t so sure, the best fish I have caught on this rod is a 50cm grayling on the river Dee, the rod handled the fish well, Tony who was fishing with me made two comments ” he had never seen a rod bend that much before but he had never seen a grayling that big before as well “.
I do think it is more of a case of how the fish takes the fly, to how good the hook hold is, but at the end of the day everything that works to your advantage is for the better, quality hooks, strong thin diameter tippet and some lady luck.
What Guideline say about the Fario rods.
CLASSIC ELEGANCE FOR THE TROUT FISHERMAN!
Are you aware that “fario” means trout? Fario is the Latin word for trout that live in rivers and streams, Salmo trutta fario, if we are to be precise. Our new Fario Trout Series are produced with deep, stable and strong actions, aimed at the serious trout angler. These are rods that will handle big fish without sacrificing feeling and delicacy. So important when fishing with thin tippets for selective trophy trout. The deep, yet very precise action in these rods will appeal to both intermediate and expert fly casters and anglers. They will handle long lifts, Spey casts, delicate presentations or distance casts with equal ease. We believe they will become many an angler’s “best friend” in the next years. Fario expresses classic elegance and style with tasteful, subtle coloring and finish, with attention to the small details to lift it just that little bit above the rest.
The Fario Experience
A nice deep Medium Fast action, supported by a strong, precise tip.
Enough power for long casts, yet sensitive and subtle for “in-close” fishing.
Actions absorb those first hard to control moves and sudden explosions of big fish hooked at a short to medium distance.
Short to mid range fishing is supported by the deeper, immediate reaction of the whole rod during casting.
These rods will generate a high line speed and with the stronger upper section, tailing loop problems are reduced.
The deep load into the butt section makes for easy Spey and roll casts even in the lighter line weights and shorter lengths.
High gloss olive colored blanks.
Burgundy wrappings with metallic copper trim.
Reel seats with burled wood insert and laser engraved Mayfly on the butt cap.
Beautiful, high quality reversed half wells cork grips with dark cork ring inserts.
Classic hard chrome light weight snake guides.
Exclusive powder coated Fario aluminum rod tube with logo and engraved mayfly. Each rod is packed in tasteful canvas rod bag.
Alignment dots and rod ID markings on each rod section.