March Brown Hidden Water Fly Rod - 7-Piece, 3-6wt

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About March Brown Hidden Water Fly Rod - 7-Piece, 3-6wt

Closeouts. The name of March Brown's Hidden Water fishing fly rod says it all: This is a serious, rugged tool for demanding backcountry, expedition and travel fly fishing.


Specs about March Brown Hidden Water Fly Rod - 7-Piece, 3-6wt

  • Line weight: 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Length: 6'6"
  • Number of pieces: 7
  • Flex action: Tip/Fast
  • Grip: Cigar
  • Type of grip: One handed
  • Type of cork: Premium Portuguese cork
  • Reel seat: Up locking
  • Reel seat material: Madagascar hardwood
  • Rod material: Graphite
  • Guide material: Chrome-plated
  • Rod case: Yes
  • Rod case material: PVC with nylon fabric cover
  • Recommended use: Freshwater
  • Made in United States of America
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3.375000 5 Overall Rating: 3.4 Based on 8 reviews

Most Helpful 5-Star Review

Reviewed by Oblique Angler from Tacoma WA on Friday, December 7, 2012
I bought my March Brown Hidden Water 9' 4 weight to use for casting #8 streamers to #20 dries that I can barely see to thread on backcountry lakes and streams. On my first test cast I discovered it rockets a WF4F line 60' easily with my mediocre casting skills, and that's well beyond the ability to ... Read More
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  • Reviewed by JT from St Louis on Thursday, December 21, 2017
    Customer service is very poor delayed shipping and cannot get replacement on a broken case after numerous emails and calls. Rods might be ok but not worth the trouble
  • Reviewed by Rob from Laramie, WY on Saturday, April 18, 2015
    This is a great little travel rod. I have had it for about a year and 4 months now, and have used it a few times on smaller streams when hiking/backpacking. It's super lightweight, and it has a great fast action. The quality of the rod is pretty impressive. I don't feel like any of the feel of the rod is compromised by having so many sections. I will admit the dots are not perfect (they appear to have been painted on - and maybe with less than complete sobriety) - just look down the rod and make sure the guides are in line. I always do that anyways.

    I'm not sure why some of the other reviewers had a problem with the removable section - mine definitely works that way.
  • Reviewed by Fisher Bob from Virginia on Thursday, August 8, 2013
    First, there is a discrepancy between the description of the rod and picture on the web site. The description is correct, the rod does have 7 sections.
    This is a well built rod and comes in a cloth bag inside a very secure rod tube which is about 14" long. This rod will easily pack into your luggage or maybe even your briefcase. The rod has a hook keeper and single foot guides. The rod seat is down lock instead of the more common up lock. This has the effect of moving the reel further back on the rod and makes the balance point right in the middle of the cork which is where it is supposed to be. I had no problem with the alignment dots and they are essential on this rod because it has so many pieces. I have cast the rod with 3wt weight forward line and it easily casts 30 feet which is more than enough for small streams. This feels to me to be a mid-flex rod but it is fairly stiff. The 3wt does not heavily load the rod. I look forward to trying this rod on small brookie streams here in the East.
  • Reviewed by Oblique Angler from Tacoma WA on Friday, December 28, 2012
    I bought my March Brown Hidden Water 9' 4 weight over a year ago to use for backcountry lakes and streams. On my first test cast I discovered it rockets a WF4F line 60' easily with my mediocre casting skills, and that's well beyond the ability to mend. A 10" fish puts a nice bend in the rod but it has more than enough power to safely land a fish twice that size and protect light tippets so it has become my dry fly rod of choice for big or small water without a thick rainforest jungle up to the water's edge and overhanging trees. With 6 ferrules the rod is slightly heavy for a 4 weight, yet when balanced with my 5.6 oz RLS 1 reel the swing weight is still light enough to be a joy to cast and fish with all day.

    The two reviews by CW mention a defect for not being able to shorten the rod by removing the 2nd lower section, but neither review mentions which rod was purchased. The March Brown website states only the 6'6"/5'6" 3 weight and 7'0"/6'0" 4 weight rods have the "Convertible" feature where one section of the rod can be removed. Reviews also mention alignment dots are mispositioned. I see March Brown now has a $35 fee for repairs but I found their ""No Excuse Necessary" LIFETIME GUARANTEED. 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED" Customer Support to be excellent for two problems; including one admitted totally bonehead user-caused, that were non-rod defect or breakage issues and suggest contacting the MFG at the number on their website to ask if a true mfg defect can be resolved without the payment.
  • Reviewed by CW from Idaho on Sunday, December 23, 2012
    This is my second attempt to review this rod and make customers aware of the flaws. STP blocked my last review, for no reason I can see other than a negative review of the rod, and I imagine they will block this review since it points out flaws in the rod and in STP.

    I emailed STP with my questions and concerns and received a very condescending and truly unprofessional response. Such as, "First things first..." and This is not going to fly"....

    Bottom line - Clearly some of the rods have defects with the dots lining up. STP's response "it takes time to align the dots". I suppose they feel I am an idiot and there is no possibility there may be a defect.

    Also, March Brown list a feature of this rod where one can remove the last rod piece to shorten the rod. When I asked STP if mine was a defect etc. they accused me of making it up and stated this was not a feature. Buyer beware - these rods does not have this feature. Even though March Brown states these rods have this feature, STP refuses to do any research on this matter. Again, I guess STP feels they always accurately list all features of products.

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About March Brown

March Brown fly fishing rods are hand-crafted, made-in-USA works of art that are as beautiful to cast as they are to behold. Created from the mind of MIT-trained aerospace engineers (who also happen to be fly fishing nuts) March Brown fly rods stand apart in terms of sensitivity, accuracy, feel, fit and finish. March Brown fly fishing rods give anglers more of what they want in a travel fly rod, and less of the fly fisherman’s #1 enemy: weight. Portability also figures prominently in the fly fishing designs that come from March Brown, with seven-piece fly rods for backpacking, and even 10-piece fly rods that offer globe-trotters the ultimate in travel fly fishing rods. Modern, high-tech materials form the basis of March Brown fly fishing rod blanks, and you will find no travel fly rod blank more technologically advanced than a March Brown fly fishing rod. March Brown blanks receive only the finest in appointments. From tip to butt, only top-shelf snake guides, cork and seats are fitted. When you are ready for the finest in travel fly rods, look to March Brown Ltd. and discover the March Brown difference.