TL Johnson SLP 9ft 4wt 4pc Fly Rod Review
The TL Johnson 9ft 4wt 4pc fly rod was the last TL Johnson rod I tried at the ISE show Denver January 2010. This rod was my favorite of the 4 weight rods I tried. This 4 wt rod had the typical light in the hand feel I expected from Terry’s rods. Yet there was no whippy or mushy feel you might expect from a 9 ft 4 wt rod. This lightweight rod is a medium-fast action power house that can deliver a delicate dry fly presentation at 30 feet or 80 feet,
My testing consisted of the typical short back and forth false casts with about 15 feet of line and leader off the tip. Again as with the other TL Johnson Fly Rods I test cast, this little beauty loads quickly with good line feel on both the back and forward casts.
At 30 to 40 feet of line out, the rod loaded quickly and dropped a light presentation to the water of the casting pool. Yet I just had to try for some distance. Working out line I was able to get to 60 feet easily and then to 70 feet . One of the guys working the on the Protect Bristol Bay project wanted to try the rod. Mark easily dropped into 70 and 80 foot casts with this 4 weight rod. Mark’s comment was, “Very Nice Rod.”
I let a couple of other people on the casting pool try the rod and they also liked how this light weight beauty handled and cast line like a rocket. One thing for sure is Terry Johnson builds great fly rods that are designed to be light in the hand and have plenty of reserve power.
The SLP series are manufactured in Colorado using a propriatary high modulus graphite resin system combined with a carbon helix wrapping system for strength and light weight. This technique produces superior hoop strenght to reduce blank deformation under load and keep the tip traveling in a straight plane resulting in more accurate casts. The exclusive ferruling system reduces section to section flat spots, swing weight and improves energy load transfer of the blank. The medium fast action fits a variety of casting styles and is good for nymphing to dry fly presentation. All SLP Fly Rods carry a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner.
If you are looking for a solid performing 9 ft 4 wt fly rod suitable for dry fly and light to medium nymphing this lightweight TL Johnson SLP 9ft 4wt is an excellent choice. All models are 4 piece, contain the new TL Johnson design nickle wood insert reel seats,hopkins and holloway chrome frame stripping guides and chrome frame guides for the snake guides and tip top.
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