After several years of use I added a Lamson reel to my old TFO that I really liked so when it came time to look for a new 5 wt I picked up a Purest and headed for the North Fork of the C'DA. Spent over 8 hours fishing a wide range of flies, including hoppers (w/ a dropper) to very small dries.I didn't want to come off the river and had my best day on this river in years! It's a great rod that I look forward to fishing for years to come. I'd definitely recommend it.
Right on! The Purist is a dream to cast, glad it was there to help on such a great day. Thanks for using our reels AND rods, they make for a great combo.
It’s been my experience with fly rods that unless you’re willing to break the bank there’s a fairly simple rule: accurate, light, and cheap, pick any two of the three. The 9’ 4wt not only breaks the rule but destroys it. I’m fortunate to have a number of top-end rods, so I’m comparing the Purist to rods that are 50% - 100% more expensive. My rod collection covers mainly 5 – 8wt rods, and a couple of inexpensive 4wts. I’m now fishing in western NC, on small to medium freestone streams. On many of these streams, a 5wt is just too much rod, so it was time to get a better 4wt. However, paying upwards of $1,000 for another rod held little interest for me. I had owned the prior generation SS rod, and after that experience, I wasn’t even considering another Lamson rod. I happened by a local fly shop and saw the Velocity rods, and my first thought was WOW these are really nice looking with excellent fit and finish. But on a small freestone stream, an ultra-fast rod is the wrong tool for the job. I happen to see the Tim Volk video on the Purist and that video touched on every point I wanted in a 4wt.
After having fished this rod, it’s as light and accurate as my Douglas SKY-G, but at half the price. The tip enables the rod to load easily and make wonderful delicate casts. I’m routinely making 30’+ foot casts, under an overhanging bush, next to the bank, to a spot the size of a coffee cup. The more I cast this rod, the more I want to cast it.
As for the elephant in the room, 2-piece construction. I couldn’t imagine trying to take this on a fly-in trip, it’s simply too long. However, as a home-water rod, it’s a non-issue. Oh, and the reel seat is such a straightforward and common-sense design, I’m surprised someone didn’t think of it decades ago.
In much the same way Orvis designed the H3 F&D series rods, Lamson has done the same with the Purist and Velocity rods, just at half the cost.
We think the Purist out fishes its price tag too. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thorough review. The 2 piece is a little tough for airline travel but in using that design we were really able to dial in all the action that makes this rod special. Hope it continues to serve you well!
I have been fishing the same 4wt rod and reel for a long time and have had much success both dry flying and nymphing. This year, however, I wanted to "up" my drying flying game. After much research, I decided on the Lamson 3wt Purist. The river I fish most requires small dry flies - 22-26's. The presentation must be soft and accurate. The Purist does both extremely well. I like the two piece rod assembly and the attractive finish. This rod makes beautiful curve casts, roll casts and reach casts. The new lock down rail system is an added bonus. I have also high-sticked this rod when there were no fish rising and it performed exceptionally well. It's light weight is a big plus. I believe this would be a great nymphing rod on small brooks. In closing, I do believe the Purist has improved my dry flying and at the listed price, it is a GREAT VALUE. I rightly recommend this rod.
level up! Glad the Purist rod has been a good fit for you and thanks for the thoughtful review. Its a great explanation of what this rod does and how it fishes. Have a great season and thanks for fishing the Purist. If you like the 3wt you'll love the 4wt too!
I purchased a Purist 9' 4 wt a little while back and finally had a chance to use it recently. I was on a little creek at snow line that was crystal clear and spooky. One strike and your out type of fishishing.
This rod is awesome, pin point accuracy, a joy to cast! I have been fishing with a fly rod in my hands for 61 years. Although, lots of worm dipping as a kid! There are several quality fly rods in my closet and now they will remain there.
Many thanks to Waterworks Lamson for building a quality product.
That is the right tool for the job!