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Old 06-08-2010, 10:11 PM
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Default need a 5 wt, loomis shorestalker?

anyone ever used one of these? lookin for a decent 5 wt setup for fw application- bass, panfish, carp etc out of kayak or kick tubes. id prefer to spend less than this on a rod but i might be able to splurge. are there better rods for my application that wont break the bank as much?
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Default Re: need a 5 wt, loomis shorestalker?

There aren't too many short 5 weights on the market, but there are some shorter 6 weights that were designed for the application that you want to accomplish. Keep in mind that you will have an easier time throwing out larger wind resistant flies with the 6 weight over the 5 weight.

Look at the Redington Predator 71064, Ross FlyStik 6711-4, and the Sage Bass Series Bluegill.

BigCliff fishes a Redington Predator in the 6 weight. He wrote a review on it.

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Default Re: need a 5 wt, loomis shorestalker?

i already have a 7wt rod from orvis so i want to go with a 5wt at most.

a friend of mine recommended a tfo lefty kreh pro series. these are all the choices though

TFO 05 76 4 P 5 Wt. 7'-6" 4 3.0 IM6 Graphite $149.95
TFO 05 86 4 P 5 Wt. 8'-6" 4 3.7 IM6 Graphite $149.95
TFO 05 90 4 P 5 Wt. 9'-0" 4 3.8 IM6 Graphite $149.95
TFO 05 90 6 P 5 Wt. 9'-0" 6 4.2 IM6 Graphite $209.95
TFO 05 96 4 P 5 Wt. 9'-6" 4 4.2 IM6 Graphite $149.95
TFO 05 10 4 P 5 Wt. 10'-0" 4 4.2 IM6 Graphite $194.95

there all medium fast action. dont think i want a 6 piece rod... what length would be best?
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Default Re: need a 5 wt, loomis shorestalker?

Many kayak fly fishermen prefer the shorter rods (8' and smaller). They aren't busting out long casts. Most are simply picking up the line and shooting out 30' to 40' of line. It's much easier to land a fish with one rather than a longer one. Plus they are a little quicker in action than their longer counterparts.

Since I have not casted the 5 weight 7'6" model, I won't comment on it.

The 9 foot 5 weight 4 piece rod is a good all around trout rod. It has an easy going flex that is predictable. It can throw out a wide variety of trout flies.

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Default Re: need a 5 wt, loomis shorestalker?

ive been looking at loomis xperience and sage flight series lately. someone also pointed me to the loop aeg 590. from what ive read its a great rod and the price is hard to beat, just dont know if the action is what im looking for. says its fast action with some love, ive read some reviews saying its difficult to get the rod to load at close range but can cast a mile once you got line out. anyone ever use one of these?
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