Although, that I have had pleasure with the new Paradigm for some time, but only now I found a moment to write a short review. Last weekend I had the opportunity to try the rod outdoors, where in windless weather I tried to catch grayling from San River.
Therefore, in addition to dry technical information, I will also be able to refer to my subjective feelings about its use. First, a few words about the rod itself. A delicate matte blank in navy blue with two-tone lighter flaps in a similar color, with a thin and precisely layer of varnish, in the company of single-legged, titanium Rec guides, take me into the characteristic world of Thomas and Thomas rods.
Also, noteworthy is the titanium sit with the engraved company logo and the beautiful insert made of bird's eye maple. Each section is marked with a serial number. A top-class cork used to build a cigar-shaped handle makes the rod fit well in your hand.
Everything is done neatly with the typical T&T feel and taste. The model I have is 844-4, i.e. a rod with a length of 8.4 feet to the 4WT in four pieces.
Commission weighing on my weight showed 71.7g, therefore the rod is very light.
Time for subjective feelings from the battlefield.
It is a rod of the medium flex action with a medium strong bottom section, which gives a sense of stability, while the dynamics of the blank and its work during casting give the impression that you have in your hands a fantastic tool for fishing for dry flies at short and medium distances. I had the opportunity to fish during windless weather and after changing the line from DT4 to WF4 with my poor casting skills, the distances achieved improved significantly, while the presentation of the fly was still under full control, and the accuracy of casts came with great ease. I wonder how this rod will behave in windy conditions, although after what I have recently experienced, I have the impression that it will cope enough. To sum up, it is a rod rather for people who appreciate relaxing fishing with the precision of a Swiss watch, but also will work in the hands of people whose preferences are slightly different, due to the dynamics of the blank, which gives great casting possibilities for this rod.