Walter Babb PHY Para 15 rod review

I had Walter Babb build me a new stick while I was across the pond tending to prior engagements, and now that I have fished the rod for a good while I can give some honest feedback on it.

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The rod is 8′ with a nymph/power tip and dry tip. Both can be used pretty much for either type of fishing, but the dry tip is a bit faster.

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I am throwing a WF6 with the rod, and it is a pleasure to fish for sure. The rod can reach out and get the fly where you need it as well as fish in close.

The rod is definitely a bigger water rod and shines when you have room to put it to work. I have fished it in small freestone streams in the Smokies, to the big water of the South Holston and West Canada creek.

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The looks of the rod are simple yet elegant. Silver nickel down locking reel seat with a burled wood spacer. The guides are blued and the rod lightly flamed.

I was truly impressed with how light and fast the rod was. Much faster than I had anticipated. I’ve fished size 20 dries on up to size two streamers with it and the rod can surely handle it.

Walter builds a great stick and he delivered it to me in a very timely fashion. Lead time was only 9 months.

I am more than pleased with the rod and am looking forward to putting the wood to more fish with it.

I don’t yet have the reel on it that I want, but the little sage will do for now. It’s a bit light for the rod, but you don’t notice the difference of the balance point much.

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