I appreciate the welcome. I have a question I'm sure you might be able to help me with.
About 99% of my fishing is for bass and I'v come to spend most of the time wading creeks though I do use my canoe frequently and my have it in tow for more time than I spend in it.
As i mentioned I haven't tried a fly rod in years and really never was very much in what i thought was good fly fishing waters.(Northern Illinois)
Now when spinning or casting here in Tn I use a 6' medium fast.
I haven't built a fly rod but would like to. Ive been casting in my back yard with an 8' something or other (old fly rod I had) and find I can manage it ok. It really feels like it doesnt have much backbone.
What are fly rods in the 7' sort of fast action class feel like? Im trying to decide on a blank that i can use in tight quarters using mostly wet flies or the likes of.
I put my fly reel on one of my spinning rods just to get an idea and I think I like it. I treated it like a fly rod (cast it) and got about the same distance, 25; -30' or so.
Im thinking a long whipy type of fly rod in the creek could get to be in the way. I've become pretty good at getting worms, frogs and the likes of into some pretty tight spots with my casting and spinning gear. Picture yourself off the tree covered bank a few feet from the brush fishing to the other side about 20' away and wanting your "fly" or worm under some overhanging roots.
Does this sound like something you do with a fly rod? Do you need as much room behind you as you have in front of you? Would a shorter rod help? Im sure casting skill will really become even more of a challenge...how does the rod length and action play into it with a fly rod?
Usually I associate fly fishing with wide open spaces. Im sure thats not always the case but I dont see much of that.
These pics are areas I fish a lot. I know its really asking a lot but if it were you wading what length rod would you be most comfortable with. Rod weight and that type of info would really help.