Orvis' Trout Bum 1-weight!
article and images by Bill Byrd
written April 2008.
In the beginning it was the Orvis Company. Howard Steere and Jim West actually created ultralight fly fishing in the early 1980s by creating first the Ultrafine 2 weight fly rod. They followed with the Superfine 1 weight, a truly ground breaking fly rod and gave the fly fishing world its first 1 weight ever.
Today, the Orvis company that lead us into the ultralight revolution and has featured 1-weight fly rods since 1983, went for over a year without a 1-weight in their rod lineup. However Orvis has added a new 1-weight back to its rod lineup. This one is included in the "Trout Bum" family of Orvis fly rods, and is available on-line and in Orvis store rod displays now.
The new Trout Bum 1-weight is a 7 1/2 foot 4 section 1 weight fly rod in the "Trout Bum" tradition. 1 weight trout bum rod This 7'6" rod is made with Orvis exclusive thermoset thermoplastic resins found in the Helios and Zero G rod families.
The new Trout Bum 1-weight weighs 1½ ounces -- one eighth ounce more than the original Superfine 1-weight of 1983, but I doubt many will ever notice the weight difference. Like the original, the Trout Bum 1-weight features a cork and ring reel seat. Teamed up with the black or natural Orvis BBs-1 reel and new Generation Three WF1F lines or DT1F line makes the perfect Orvis based 1-weight system.
This latest Orvis 1-weight compares very favorably to the original Orvis Superfine 1-weight with a modern look and feel. It isn't a major difference, but to my hand the Trout Bum feels to be 25 to 30% faster because of two more ferrules and the later generation materials in it. I fished more than 1200 hours on my original Superfine1-weight. Comparing the flex point on my original to the Trout Bum 1-weight, the Trout Bum flexes farther up the rod shaft, than my original Superfine 1-weight. A little extra speed isn't a problem for me when I'm fishing bulky subsurface flies. With subtle dries -- it does a very nice job.
I see that subtle difference as a positive. There are times when I'd be happy to be casting an Orvis tip flex 1-weight!
For more information on Orvis' new Trout Bum 1 weight, or to cast one in person, please drop by or call Orvis Atlanta, GA. at 404-841-0093 and ask for Shannon Ward, fly fishing manager, or any of his staff. Shannon has the new Trout Bum 1 weight in stock NOW. You can order by phone. Shannon, himself an avid ultralighter, knows and fishes Orvis rods, lines, leaders, and tippets on true ultralights.
Many ultralighters are finding used Orvis Superfine 1-weights and 2-weights still available used out there. The good news is that Orvis still supports most of the original Superfine series rods for repair. The Orvis TLS series 1 and 2-weight components are gone, but sometimes simple repairs can be made even on those rods.
The Orvis rod repair department can build ultralight enthusiasts original styled 7'6" Superfine 1 and 7'9" Superfine 2 weight rods from their remaining stock of components. Call Jim West at 802-366-8235 -- extension #6540 Monday thru Friday 830AM to 330PM for the Orvis rod Building and Repair Department to find out what ultralights they can build or repair for you. The best time of year to contact the rod building department is during their less busy season -- August to early March. Please tell them Bill Byrd sent you.
This year Orvis offers a better selection of 1-weight fly lines. Orvis now offers two WF1F lines -- one their standard WF has an aggressive WF taper, and the other called "Superfine" has a less aggressive WF taper. In addition they offer a family of DT1F lines in their Generation 3 formulation.
Orvis now offers two WF1F lines -- one their standard WF has an aggressive WF taper, and the other called "Superfine" has a less aggressive WF taper. In addition they offer a family of DT1F lines in their Generation 3 formulation. Orvis website trout line. For information on these lines please call Orvis Atlanta, in Georgia at 404-841-0093. Ask for Shannon Ward, fly fishing manager. You can order by phone. Shannon himself an avid ultralighter, knows and fishes these lines.
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