European fishing rod manufacturer Stickman Rods recently announced the latest addition to their growing range in their new P4. The P4 is a medium action fly rod aimed specifically at dry fly anglers and anglers fishing in small to medium sized streams and rivers.
If you’re not already familiar with Stickman Rods, chances are you are. Stickman’s trout rod for everyone, his P5 is one of our favorite trout rods ever built, a fact detailed in last year’s rod rave review. You might think the P4 is the P5’s little brother, but that’s probably not entirely accurate. The P5 is a true all round trout rod with a medium fast action, while the P4 is specifically suited for light work.
According to Stickman’s Ákos Szmutni, “Our Spanish blank designer, Alejandro Vinuales and I put a lot of effort into designing [the P4]. The plan was to produce a rod that is just as light and responsive as our bestselling P5, but has the sweet spot at distances between 20 and 50 feet, presents the fly as gracefully as bamboo, and incorporates all the benefits of most high-tech graphite materials available.”
The P4 has been in development for over a year and Szmutni is unabashedly proud of the result, noting that after extensive testing and design changes, he and his team are finally happy with the result – a rod that Szmutni calls “so damn that we had trouble putting our logo on it, and so much fun fishing, no one wants to put it down once they get it.”
The P4 is available in a single 8′ length. The P4 is currently available in Stickman’s Stealth and Evil Black finishes, with its Forest finish expected to be available later this year. Like all Stickman rods, the P4 features quality components such as titanium recoil guides, Fuji stripping guides, exceptional quality cork handles and craftsmanship you would expect from a stickman maker. custom rods. The retail price is US$725.
For more information on Stickman Rods, be sure to check out our interview with owner Ákos Szmutni and visit the Stickman Rods website.