Hello fellow fly fisherman!! I’ve never done a rod review, but this rod a Lamson 9’ 4wt deserves a review after what I put it through yesterday 11/1/2022 on the Owyhee River! I caught 15 unbelievable size browns ranging from 15-24” on this rod and the fights were epic. The reason I’m writing the review is because 2 of these fish, one being my personal best 24” was in between two patches of willow brush and in a very tight space. This brown hit hard and took me through and under willow roots. My rod was tested with scraping the willow branches, under water periods of time and then he took me down stream. I gotta say I thought this rod was going to go at one point. Not a chance, the Lamson rod stood up to the test and delivered a fish of a lifetime for me and not even a scratch. I can’t say enough about these rods!! I’m looking forward to putting my 9’ 7wt to the test this fall and winter!! I’m from Meridian, ID and love the fact that Lamson is right here in Boise!! Thank you Lamson for a great purchase and an incredible rod at a great price!! Hope to see you on the water!!
The Velocity rod delivers, no question about it! Local support means a ton to us and we are really happy to hear the rod was taken to the limit and helped you land the fish. The 7wt will do the same. Thanks a ton for choosing our gear.
I’d never heard of Lamson before, but my local fly shop (ran by a fishing wizard) put me onto this 9’ 5 weight rod. He sells $100 rods and $2000 rods, and everything in between. I tried multiple rods but I honestly knew too little to even know what to look for, what to think about, what I should feel when handling these things, and so on. When looking at all these ro options, I asked fishing wizard what he was excited about; his eyes lit up. “Let me show you something”, he said. He spooled up a velocity for me and we took it to the casting pond. “They should be charging twice as much as they are for this thing” said fishing wizard about the Lamson. I took a gamble on the unknown and that rod ended up in my truck.
What a joy this rod has been! I caught a personal record number of trout just two days ago. Fishing wizard strung up 6 weight line on my #5 rod, because this velocity has the backbone to send it. This friggin thing will shoot line! I’ve so enjoyed fishing this thing, and I really like the details that make this rod pop. I have no regrets spending a little more than I intended to for my velocity. I already look forward to the next time this rod bends in my hand from the weight of a trout trying to make a getaway. I’m thankful for what the Lamson team has created so that I can enjoy creation through fishing for bows. If you’re on the fence about this rod, the velocity has my hearty recommendation.
I originally was looking at rods closer to $700 for my 5wt upgrade. I had some moderate fast rods that I thought were pretty good but wanted something faster for those hopper dropper rigs. I drove down the mountain to boise to look at rod options. I had the velocity in the back of my mind but was really looking at Sage rods. Comparing them side by side there the build quality was on point. The guide and fly shop worker suggested the velocity. He said he used them for his guide rods and convinced me to test cast it with a guru reel and MPX line.
WOW. It was the easiest casting and best casting experience I’ve had. I was blown away by the velocity. It effortlessly drives tight loops and shoots line like a cannon while delivering superb mid range and long range accuracy. I bought one on the spot.
Having fished it now only confirms my initial thoughts. Just buy one.
Thanks for the review! The Velocity makes light work of hopper dropper rigs, and casts like a dream.
I tackle trophy bows and browns in North Georgia each fall. The Velocity 5wt gives me a degree of control when fighting trout that are pushing 10# and are in current. This rod is a go-to for any trout angler around the country!!!
When I was looking for a mid-tier rod, this wasn't even on my radar. I was looking at rods $200-400 more. I went to the local fly shop to test a few of the rods I was considering out and the staff member--a good friend who has never steered me wrong--said they've switched all their guide rods to the Velocity series. I compared it to the others and was thoroughly impressed. Since then, it has become my go-to rod. It handles streamers very well and casts with great precision. Couldn't be happier with my purchase!