Re: Length rod
Hey rockdog, Firstly, Welcome!
I'm not sure what a small river is to you, so it is hard to recommend something on that criteria alone. I'd say look further than just a handful of floats. Get a rod that will be useful in the future, but fit the bill for these trips as well. even if that means undergunning on the rod a little. Also, get the rod early and use it. Slinging a 10 wt. all day is no easy thing. You can't pick it up on Fri., go on your float Saturday and expect to last very long.....
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