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Old 07-05-2015, 11:15 AM
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As some might know from a previous post, I am headed to WNY to see family and squeeze in a day of fishing. The spot that I have scouted out, Cattaraugus Creek, appears to be fairly narrow. At its widest points, its less than 200 ft across. My question is this, am I really handicapping myself my using a 7'6" rod vs an 8'6" rod. I am a novice trout fisherman at best and I can cast decently. I'd love to catch fish, but fishing new water without a guide is always a **** shoot. So what do you think? Should I take my 5wt 8'6" or 4wt 7'6"??
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:21 AM
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It depends!

If there is a lot of overgrowth, a shorter rod, especially for a novice, can be a good thing. 200 feet across doesn't sound that small though, at least not to me. It sounds like you would have plenty of space for a longer rod. Small for me is knee deep and maybe 20 ft across. This is where I use my 7 1/2 footer most often.
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My 7-6 is my primary trout rod on my water. The creek you describe sure sounds like 8-6 water.
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It depends!

If there is a lot of overgrowth, a shorter rod, especially for a novice, can be a good thing. 200 feet across doesn't sound that small though, at least not to me. It sounds like you would have plenty of space for a longer rod. Small for me is knee deep and maybe 20 ft across. This is where I use my 7 1/2 footer most often.
After re-reading my post.... yeah, maybe 200ft isn't that narrow.
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200' is not only not narrow, but almost certain to be windy. The longer rod will help there and will also let you mend and roll cast better, something you're pretty likely to need.
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this is the area I am thinking about fishing.....

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.5273...1!1e3?hl=en-US

The actual width of the river appears to be substantially less than 200', depending on water flow.
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There is a scale marking in the lower right corner of that page. Utilizing it most of the river that I see in that area is 25-40' wide. A 7'6" rod will work fine, yet a 8'6" will as well.......Yet neither would be required.

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I'd take both since a spare is always nice to have. It looks a lot less than 200 feet.
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Never fished the water but I would not think any of the rods you listed would be bad. Looking at it and depending on water flow I would be willing to fish it with my 2 through 4 wt in anything length wise. I am a 3 to 4 wt freak so that's how I think.
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It's much more productive to fish water like that by fishing an area of water at a time..as trout stay as inconspicuous as possible...by undercut banks, rocks...any cover, until insect activity and/or the sun gets off the water. Go with whatever rod/line you have more fun with.... Be observant...but try to find if any hatches are occurring...
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