Years ago I was guiding on a private ranch when at the end of the day, the property owner came down to the clubhouse with a bottle of wine. “Ten bucks,” he remarked. “… Anyone can find an expensive bottle of wine and buy it. That’s not what’s fun. What’s fun is doing the work to find a fine bottle of wine without the price tag.” Not much of a wine drinker, these comments mostly fell from my memory … until fishing the Fenwick World Class rod.
The Fenwick World Class is that fine bottle of wine. Over the course of a couple of days fly fishing the greater Yosemite area with friend, Rick Mazaira, I could not put this rod down. In fact, I’d even intended to spend some time with other rods from different companies to get a taste for those while on the water. In every instance, I went back to the World Class. Despite being half (or more) of the price of the rest of the quiver we had with us, the World Class had my constant attention and affection.
The Fenwick World Class is a fast action rod with a light feel that is perfect for fishing a range of conditions and waters for trout. I especially found the rod suited for nymphing in tight quarters. The rod allowed for line control with ease and turned over messy nymph rigs masterfully, aiding me with getting (or at least attempting) perfect drifts. After all, this is what we want as trout anglers.
The World Class is offered for line weights 3 through 12 and in lengths ranging from 7’6″ to 10″. For price, the World Class starts at $299.95 and peaks at $349.95 for the 12-weight model. A great rod with a great price.
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– Tim Harden
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