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Old 01-07-2013, 01:59 PM
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Default Re: Rod Action and Sensitivity on Small Rivers

Many interesting perspectives in this thread. I am impressed by how many of you select and refer to SA's Mastery Textured Trout(stalker). Those who have not tried this excellent line might enjoy the review in "Gear Reviews". Also I am impressed by how many of the more experienced fly fishers here fish multiple rods in this category separated by relatively subtle differences in performance characteristics. Further, the sense that search for the perfect rod in this category seems endless is an opinion I share. Somehow the minor differences in spring creek and small river rods seem magnified by the by the environments in which we use them. The issue of "fast" vs. "slow" rods is repeatedly mentioned and characterized as a "personal preference". Analytically, it seems to me that there is a middle ground that might need a sponsor. I consider rods like shorter, lighter line-weight Z-Axis and Zenith to not be fast action. Both are characterized by surprisingly soft tip sections which facilitate short casts off the wrist with consummate delicacy and in close "feeling" but are supported by increasingly progressive mid sections and, should distance or breeze come into play, some reserve in the butt section. Perhaps it is this lack of full flexing into the cork that some refer to as "stiff" but when I say stiff I mean the tip is less flexible which is an advantage in distance oriented rods but not on small fly, light tippet intended models. A softer, responsive tip increases angler sensitivity to line, leader, fighting trout actions, but, must be supported by progressive tapering to avoid dreaded floppy or mushy feel from tips that keep on bending and fail to recover quickly enough which dulls the delicate connection the angler feels in a small river environment.

Of course, most any rod praised in this thread, where it your only rod and, with it, you were alone on your favorite spring creek at dusk during a springtime spinner fall, would be a joy to remember. Perhaps by discussing these rods during the chill of January, when we find ourselves in that enviable position, we will more articulately execute that perfect presentation.
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Default Re: Rod Action and Sensitivity on Small Rivers

As long as nothing large is hatching i am grabbing my 8'6 winston IM6 3wt. That is the rod i grab for the sulphur hatch on the east coast.
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