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Old 12-08-2012, 07:30 AM
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I ordered a new rod the other day for using primarily in NJ and PA for dry fly fishing. It's a Winston WT 8' 2 piece TMF. I see it's not a very popular rod here, but my other rod for larger water or windy days is a Sage 9' 5wt Z-axis.
Now I have to learn to slow down my casts and figure out a reel and line for it.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:03 AM
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Welcome to the forum. The TMF should make a great dry fly rod. A Hardy from the Lightweight Series or an Orvis CFO (vintage if you can find one) would be my votes for a reel to pair up with your new rod. I own an 8ft 3wt WT and have it paired with Airflo Ridge Supple Tactical DT and I'm pleased with the choice in line. Winston recommenders DT line for the WT line.

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Slow rod and very fun to cast, congratulations on your recent acquisition.
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Congratulations on your new rod purchase. Anything associated with Tom Morgan can't be bad. I just put together a 7' 6" two piece 4wt fiberglass from Steve Jenkins with a Hardy Featherweight reel. I was really shocked at how well the reel balanced with the rod, I thought it would be way to small. I am always amazed at the smiles my Hardy Lightweight reels bring to peoples faces when they play with them. I've started with a Cortland Sylk 4wt DT line. It really is just fine, but after reading the last post I will be shopping for the AirFlo Ridge DT. I have the line in a WF4F and I love it. Good luck with your reel search.
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Congrats on the Winston rod purchase, you are going to really enjoy casting dries with that rod, and welcome to the forum!

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I also have a TMF. That was a very wise choice for the scenario you've described. Me thinks you're going to love it!
Good reel suggestions already. Some go so far as to call the TMF a 3-1/2 weight. You can get a 3-1/2 weight line these days by going with a Rio Grand or SA GPX but just a regular trout-type 4 weight line works quite well on my TMF. I have had an SA XPS on it for years. It fit like a glove. Nowadays I believe the SA Trout to be it's closest replacement. If you wanted to try the 3-1/2 weight a 3 weight GPX would do it in the Scientific Anglers line of lines.
For Rio. their Grand is 1/2 weight heavy but for normal weight trout lines they have too many choices and their lines have changed enough that I can't comment on them without just guessing.
Here's a link to Rio's fresh water lines: Freshwater Fly Lines | RIO

Not knowing your situation I suggested premium lines as I've had great success with them in both longevity and in use.

You're going to have some good times with that new rod. It's a beaut and the quintessential dry fly rod.
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I think you've made a great rod choice for PA dry fly fishing.

I tossed up that rod and a Winston BIIt a couple of seasons ago. Ended up going with the BIIt, but it was a close decision.

In the WT line, I think that both the 8'0" TMF 4 wt. and the 8'6" JWF 5 wt. are really fine rods (PM "Joni" to get some feedback on her JWF).

You've already gotten some good recommendations on reels and lines.

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I just ordered a Winston WT TMF. I hope I love it. I had the GVX 7'6" 3 wt., but it was a little whimpy with any breeze. I'll be pairing the TMF with an Orvis CFO lll from the very early 70's. Any suggestion on a line?
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I do not own one myself,,,yet. But I think I have NEVER heard a real fisherman say a bad word about a Winston. That speaks volumes to me right there. I bet you have an OUTSTANDING rod. These folks fish, these folks know.

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I like the Hardy Ultralite (CC) Reels on my WT's (and a Tom Morgan gaphite). IMHO, they look good with the nickle silver, & balance well. Solid little reel and won't break the bank.
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I read your original post several times as being a gear junkie the TMF is in my opinion an awesome rod. I have bad a few bone head decision on rods and not grabbing this rod used but mint for $200 was the worst one. I regret that choice and have attempted to find one since. It is not a rod that would ever be considered an all round stick but as dry fly paint brush on smaller waters it is classic . BIIT 804 is close but you got a great pair of trout rods that can cover any waters in Pa
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