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Old 08-11-2011, 12:05 AM
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Winston Biix is my first choice if the weather and/or the range needed is variable.
For that 40' range in light air that defines fine, controlled dry fly fishing gimme a Winston IM-6 or an old-school Scott G, no, make it the IM-6... sorry, the 'G'... on second thought the IM-6...
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:44 AM
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I would have to say a Orvis Helios 3wt 8'4" Mid Flex rod.
It's the lightest rod in the world, the best performance rod ever made, and the best looking!
A bit pricey, and not for everyone. But if you ever cast one, you will never be happy with anything else!!
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Knowing the answer would destroy the search factor for me.
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I look at this thread differently than everyone. If I am to choose a dry fly rod, I choose three different ones for different presentations. I am listing only current models.

Open water, big bugs (salmonflies, hoppers) - Sage Z-Axis 9' 6 weight. Throwing big bugs needs a big rod. Add the wind factor, a fast rod comes into play.

Open water, small bugs (size 12 and smaller) - Sage ZXL 9' 4 weight.

Small stream, small bugs - 7'7" 2 or 3 wt Scott G2.

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Default Re: Best Dry Fly Rod?

Great post Mosca, I viewed and interpreted the question in the same fashion. I'll go with what's in my current arsenal.

Open water, bigger bugs more ground to cover: 905 Z Axis

Open Water, smaller bugs: 864 BIIx or 904 Zenith (soon to be replaced with 904Z Axis)

Smaller streams 864 BIIX or 704 TXL (depends on how tight the small stream is)
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Default Re: Best Dry Fly Rod?

Dry flies; #14 or smaller - Winston BIIt 9'0" 5 wt. Love that rod; it just floats the flies out there.

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My vote is for the Winston. I have used the BIIX and the Passport. Both are superb. No question in my opinion...Winston is perfection. Has to be there tapers as the BIIX is Graphite/Boron and the Passport is just graphite. Something about those rods from Montana
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Default Re: Best Dry Fly Rod?

for small water I like the Winston BIIIX 4wt 9 foot. For big water I like the Hardy Zenith 9 ft 5 wt. The soft tip and accuracy helps the presentation.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:58 PM
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Default Re: Best Dry Fly Rod?

If I had to pick from only what I currently own - it'd be my WW Grigg 8' 4 weight.

If I could pick any rod at all - it'd be an Orvis Adirondack 7'6" 5 weight bamboo for anything from a size 12 or smaller. For big dry flies and terrestrials, it'd be a Winston BIIIx 9' 6 weight.

Both of these rods are way out of my price range.
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