There can be lots of reasons to love a fly rod but first of all like any good partner you must "get on" with it. Strange to talk about an inanimate object in such a personal way, perhaps I should be wondering about my sanity? On reflection not so, I think that all fly fishers have favorites, rods that you enjoy taking out of the case because you anticipate a comfortable and enjoyable day ahead. Firstly of course you must get it into a case. Aeroplane baggage can be a problem for fly rods but not for this one because it fits snugly safely concealed inside my large Mountain Equipment duffle bag. That alone is a great reason to own the 1409 but that's not its best attribute, so what is? Like all T&T rods it tracks like a laser, dead straight, no unintentional curve casting! Build quality is superb, the joints fit perfectly (but like all carbon ferrules a thin lubrication of paraffin wax does no harm) so perfectly in fact that I never tape them but I do check tightness from time to time. Incidentally taped joints can also slacken so its wise to check tightness even after taping. Its also good practice to carry a pair of rubberized gloves to improve your grip when dismantling rods.
Ally with a large salmon R Rynda, Russia, rod T&T DNA 14ft
I'm never quite sure about describing rod actions this one I would describe as "very nice". T&T describe DNA as having a "progressive action for for today's two-handed casting styles" and I'm happy to go with that and I'll tell you exactly why. I fish in lots of places and often travel a fair distance not knowing what conditions to expect at the other end. I may have to fish deep and slow with large flies, maybe using a sinking line or a Skagit type. I may have to fish a floating line "fine and far off" in greased line style with small flies. Not knowing what's needed means that I try to carry a selection of lines and shooting heads that will perform to suit conditions. This is where my 1409 really scores because it has coped admirably with everything. A little adjustment on my part to suit the line because for example you can't expect to cast a Skagit in exactly the same manner as a triangle taper floating line and the rods performance is remarkable. My travelling kit includes a selection of Rio Scandi shooting heads rated 9/10, 550 grain Skagit and Skagit Iflight with up to 12 ft. of T14 tip, Royal Wulff floating TT Spey 9/10 and a Rio PowerSpey multi tip line 9/10. I have used a number of other lines on the 1409 and there are many suitable alternatives to these in my current travel kit. As always my bottom line on choosing a line is that if possible borrow the line for a few casts before buying even with a tremendously versatile rod like this one individuals will inevitably express a preference.
Being able to handle a variety of lines is only one of a rods attributes. Another is that it has to be able to stand up to the task of fishing and playing in the case of a salmon rod fairly large fish in some pretty rough water. My DNA 1409 has certainly proved itself landing decent sized fish from rivers in Scotland, Norway and Russia.