Originally Posted by honyuk96
Ard, honestly, I think your going to regret this decision.
Granted it's a nice rod in great condition, but for use here it doesn't make sense. The 2015 season will be my 11th year of fishing here in Alaska. However, deep in my fishing genes I have that small mountain stream mentality. I see these small rods and I think, wow, I should have had one of them, I still can....... Then I buy them only to find out that the window of opportunity to use such a rod is limited.
Two years ago I was fishing a pretty large creek using my old 6' 6" Orvis Full Flex fiberglass. It was a beautiful day in July and I was catching some beautiful rainbows. The rod works wonderfully even when tossing big fat weighted Sculpins and I was into one of those days that memories are made from. Memories indeed; as I was reeling in a fat trout of about fourteen inches suddenly another fish was racing along beside it. The second fish was much larger and appeared to be trying to grab the bunny fur strip that was streaming from the left side of the smaller trout's jaw. As soon as I saw the big one I hit the deck so it wouldn't see me. I brought the hooked fish into the water right in front of me and stayed still for at least 5 minutes after it swam away. The plan was to get the big one.
That rod is in terrific shape, it's like new, made in 1968 - 69 and as if I'm the only person who ever used it. I had my CFO IV reel with a 5 weight on it and after giving things plenty of time to settle down I stood. I made just one cast aimed directly where I knew it had to go. The big Sculpin landed with a splat and began to sink into the deep green water. The stream was crystal clear but the cut out area around this large stump and sweeper was so deep it appeared a deep pleasant green. When that fly got to about two and a half feet I gave it a twitch and began to let the current sweep it from the bank. As it moved across and down I began to strip just a little and all I saw was a big white mouth open up below the fly in the green.............
Just like that it was on and within 5 seconds I realized I was under armed. The rod was bent into a perfect horseshoe and I had my left hand pressed against the spool as tight as the 10 pound tippet would allow. Within another couple seconds the fish rushed upstream into the center of the pool where the water was perhaps 5 foot deep and dove for the bottom. There was a pretty large tree limb down there and I could see it, and yes the trout went right under it and popped out the other side. The line tightened and it went around another limb...........
I was ready to remove my waders and shirt so I could go in and try to somehow get that trout. A long shot I know but desperate men must do desperate things. As a last ditch I gave some slack line hoping against the odds that the fish would somehow swim back the way it had went and become untangled. That trout definitely felt the slack because it went crazy shaking the head and thrashing in a very violent manner until...... pop. Broke the fly off the ten pound leader, I don't think there was any issue with my knot, I've tied a few of them and I always test them before I fish so there was nothing that could have been done differently. nothing except not to fish with such light tackle in an area where you could very well encounter a trout that just might be larger than any you ever caught!
I still had a banner of a day and the weather held out until Boss and I had fished all the way back to the road where I had left the truck. After I had a few days to think about what I saw and what had happened I determined to start using 11' 6" two hand rods on that creek. Could I have landed that trout with the big rod? I believe the odds would have been greatly in my favor. I tried my best with the short soft rod, it wasn't the first time I'd gotten into a big fish on light tackle but that rainbow went so fast and so hard that there was little I could do to control the action.
I''ve been fishing that place and others like it with the Spey rods now and although I've caught some beauty trout I've not had another go with one like that fish 2 years ago. The stream is plenty large enough for the big rods but I can cast well enough with a little glass rod to reach the pockets that I need to reach. The difference is that my little Mid Atlantic mountain stream rod just wasn't up to what happened.
I'll keep hold of the Orvis because no one will want to spend the money for it but what I don't need is 2 or 3 rods that are all about the same. Great rods for fish up to maybe 18 inches but once you cross a certain threshold things get bad with light tackle.
How big was that rainbow? I don't know because I didn't land it but I think it may have been a new personal best, that would put it in the 28 - 29 inch range. The rod I'm offering is a swell fly rod and if taken with the reel & line they are a perfect setup. What you would have to do is to be sure to use that tube that comes with always when the rod is not being fished or I can guarantee that I will end up broken and I'm sure you won't find any extra pieces for sale