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Elkhorn ET802-4


Score 3.65


8', 4-Piece, MSRP $189.00, AA   63, ERN  2.97



Elkhorn 802-4 (8' 4pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 4 4 4 4 4
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 4 4 4 4 4
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 4 4 3.75
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 4 5 3 3.75
5.)  Short Distance Casting 4 3 3 3 3.25
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 4 3 4 4 3.75
7.)  Roll Casting 3 3 4 3 3.25
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 3 4 4 4 3.75
9.)  Fish Handling 3 4 4 4 3.75
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 3 3 4 3 3.25
Composite Score 3.40 3.60 4.00 3.60 3.65


Jim Stuard's Comments:  This is the rod for the person out there who doesnít know if they really want to own a 2wt. It easily casts a 3wt line and I cast a 4wt SA Kreh line to the backing. If I didnít know what the conditions were going to be, Iíd take this rod. It is the up-lining champ of the competition and that gives you a far greater range of flies you can fish in any given situation. That said, I had to supply review numbers based on a DT 2wt line and it doesnít excel in that area. Close in was more a case of flipping a fly, rather than actual casting. Not a lot of feel there. Far better with a heavier line on. A much better caster after 30í of line is out, turns this rod into a target gun. One of my personal favorite rods in this shootout, based on itís versatility.


Joe Cornwall's Comments:  This rod fishes bigger than a 2wt.  It likes a WF3 better and probably even a WF4 for short casts and bushy dry flies, though I didn't try that combination.  I am really on a roll regarding witness marks on 4-piece rods.  This rod could use them.  The BP reel left a balance point about 1" in front of the grip, look for something in the 4-ounce range to mate with this one.  The rod has a strong butt and a smooth tip and handles a size 12 Clouser with ease.  In my notes I write; "This rod does it all well, but not quite as delicate as some of the others.  I can see this being the choice for high-sticking really small stuff in the winter."  A good versatile rod, this Elkhorn is pretty and quite adaptable if you fish bigger waters or need something with a bit more torque than the typical 2wt.


Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: This rod features very good workmanship for its price, just like all the other Elkhorn rods.
This rod is a 4pc so it makes an excellent travel rod. Roll casts well, and has the power to reach out to 50-feet and handle larger fish. It does handle a 2wt line well at all distances, but in my hands it works better with a 3wt line. With the 2wt line it feels just a bit sluggish to me. Cork is super grade, and the reel seat has a cork insert and nice up-locking reel seat.


Paul Feldman's Comments: This is an attractive rod with a perfect size grip and up locking reel seat with cork spacer, which I like. This is a med to slow action rod with somewhat of a soft tip, but the 8í length gave it a real advantage for casting at both short and longer ranges. Once I was used to the action, it was pleasant to cast, but it is slightly longer than I like in a 2 weight rod.


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