Fly Fishing Tackle Review: Snobee Prestige 8′ 4-Piece Rod

I’m the type of fisherman who prefers fly fishing in small, relatively quite streams. For that reason, I tend to tailor my fly fishing tackle to that sort of environment. I prefer high-tech carbon-fibre rod technology, yet also like the old-fashioned cork grips. My idiosyncratic taste sometimes makes it difficult to find the right sort of gear. Well, recently I’ve discovered and acquired a terrific fly rod from Snobee, the Prestige 8′ 4-piece. Here’s a brief review of this quality product.

Key Features of the Snobee Prestige 8′ 4-Piece Fly Rod

At first glance, this is quite a good-looking rod that comes in an anodised brown tube with a classic brass fitting and screw cap on one end. Also supplied is a sturdy cotton drill bag. Cotton drill, by the way, is a coarse and durable fabric that gets its name from the fact that the British army has used it extensively in tropical climates. The rod itself has plenty of quality features, including a nickel-silver winding check on the handle. It’s colour is a pleasant maroon with bronze overtones. The rod weighs about 72 grams. Expect to pay between £159 to £199 for the Prestige rod, depending on model.

More About the Prestige Rod

The rod has twin lined stripping guides with high-rise snakes. The whippings for the guides are trimmed in gold, which highlights the entire rod’s elegant, understated colour scheme. The reel seat is made from aluminium, which helps to keep the rod’s weight to a minimum. It also has a hard anodised finish that gives the rod high durability and a simple, yet functional look. The handle has good quality cork. A detail I particularly like is the burl maple reel seat insert. First impression? Superior design and build quality. The Prestige rod has a progressive, but forgiving action that makes it quite nice to cast. It has plenty of reserve power to call on when needed, yet it’s easy to cast short distances. Playing a fish on this rod, even with light tippets, is a pleasure This Snobee rod uses an ultra-lightweight blank using the company’s proven tri-modulus rod blank technology that’s been rigorously tested to ensure maximum power, strength and durability without compromising sensitivity. This is achieved with a careful blend of several types of carbon. The result? Precise action throughout the length of the rod. The guarantee, which applies to the original owner only, is non-transferable.

Final Thoughts on the Snobee Prestige Fly Rod

Fly fishing tackle is Snobee’s core business. The design team and product developers are avid fly fishermen themselves, so you can be sure of both the quality and performance of the company’s products. In particular, I’ve found that the Snobee Prestige 8′ 4-piece fly rod is an absolute pleasure to cast and to fish with, mainly because of the progressive action. It’s a rod you’ll be proud to add to your collection of fly fishing tackle. I’m happy to rate it at 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.