The third Mystic River fly rod I tried was the M693-4 6 wt 9’3″. This was my favorite of all three rods. This rig was outfitted with a 7.5 ft 3 X leader and a yarn fly. I tested it differently than the other two. Starting out at 60 feet or so using double hauls, I was hitting the NFFSP casting targets most of the time. After some 10 or 12 casts, I backed up another 10 feet to see how I could do at 70 feet. This Mystic River 6wt was gun. With more line out, the rod loaded flawlessly on every cast. Each double haul was a fun exercise in casting.
Moving up to 40 feet, I tried some short double hauls and hit the targets with most of my casts at that length. Switching to single handed casts, the M693 performed like a dream. Easy casts and on target. You can’t ask for much more than that. I moved to 30 and 20 feet with similar on target casts. Next I went to 12 feet of line and threw loops back and forth for a dozen false casts while watching the loop sizes and shapes. All loops were a nice “U” shape. This exercise is a good one to test both the rod and your loop control.
The M693 best use is listed as Streamers / Nymphing. It certainly can handle that. In my opionion, it could just as easily cast large dry flies or a size 18 or 20 dry using small 6x or 7x tippets.
As with the other Mystic freshwater fly rod series, this fine 6wt comes with two ceramic lined stripper guides on the next section up from the butt section. (Most of the 4 piece rods use what looks like a smaller butt section than other rods I have tried.) The hardware finishes out with hard chrome guides. The blank is high modulus gray graphite colored. Rod wrappings are black with silver inlay accents. Rod epoxy is finely finished with no sloppiness around the feet of the snake guides.
The cork grip is high grade Portuguese and smooth in the hand as were the other rods I tried. This 6 wt is fitted with a full wells grip with cutout which felt really good to me. All rods from 6 wt through 9 wt come with a 1 inch fighting butt. The reel seat is highly polished aluminum with a cutout and fitted with a light maple burl wood insert. As with other Mystic rods, the M693-4 comes with a lightweight carbon tube fitted with aluminum end caps and a gray engraved rod sock.
All Mystic rods are covered by a lifetime warranty, for the original owner. The warranty does not cover loss of gear, misuse, neglect or normal wear. There is a $50 handling charge if you need to use the warranty for a rod.
If you are looking for a powerhouse 6 wt rod without paying premium prices, the M693-4 is it. I would definitely give this rod a thumbs up.
The Mystic River M693-4 6wt p’3″ fly rod retails at a suggested $399.00
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