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Old 01-28-2013, 08:43 AM
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Default 6 wt for bass poppers?

I have a 6 wt Winston GVX that I would like to use for smallmouth. Do you think that would be able to throw a #4 popper like a ez popper? Would you suggest a particular line? Thanks again folks!
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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

Your can throw it, but a 7-weight would work better. I sometimes use a 6-weight for bass fishing, but then I use smaller flies.

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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

I throw poppers all the time with a 6wt around that size and never really had any problems with it.
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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

I know a lot of guys who swear the Sage XP 6 wt is the best Smallie rod ever made, I personally can't stand the action of that rod, but a personal preference thing.

Your GVX should do fine.

As far as a fly line for that rod and smallie flies, SA Textured Magnum Taper, hands down.
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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

For little size 10 and 12 poppers a 6 weight is okay. For bigger deer-hair jobs in sizes 2 to 6 I prefer an 8 weight, though. You don't need the stronger rod to fight the fish, but you do need the heftier line to lob those big air-resistant things out where you want them to go.

If you've already got the 6 weight rod, the best way to find out if you need something else is to put it through its paces and see what you can get it to do.
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If you've already got the 6 weight rod, the best way to find out if you need something else is to put it through its paces and see what you can get it to do.
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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

Over line it with a 7wt or 8wt line and you are good to go. I do it all the time. I fish out of a float tube so I never need to make casts longer then about 40'. I use a 8' 6wt preferring the shorter rod when trying to land the fish.

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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

That's kind of the opposite of how I do things.

I'm not a big fan of generically saying overline anything. Some rods have a higher ERN than what they rate a rod at so it would be fine, but not all of them are. I have never overlined by two in my life.

I have not had trouble landing fish in a float tube with a 9' rod either. In fact I'm building a 10' 7wt. for my float tube because I am setting down in the water and it will give me a better distance. Plus it will make it easier to turn fish out of bad spots.

I keep hearing this stuff about landing fish is harder with a longer rod. This is not true. It might sound like it, but unless you reel the fish in right to the tip, which I strongly suggest you don't, it's not. This comes up actually quite often. In fact it did just the other day. I posted a video of me hand landing a big Northern Pike on a 15' rod. We had a guy on here say the following "A long handled net is manditory. Or, have a friend nearby to help. (They say, only the Brits would invent a style that takes two people to land a fish.)" We just had a person say that it Can be more difficult for beginners, and he is right, but the guy who I quoted was a $350/day guide. He said it all over the place and it drove me nuts. I'm also pretty sure he flunked geometry.
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Default Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

I agree with Diver Dan here -- I've never understood people saying that a shorter rod is somehow better for fighting and controlling a fish.

In general, longer rods cast further, protect line better, and provides more leverage for controlling a fish. I'm pretty sure physics would confirm this.

A shorter rod might offer better control of a fish in the situation where a long rod would bang into overhanging objects I guess....
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I got a slightly longer handled net,,but not because a long rod wont get the fish where ya want it,,but my back is stiffer now-days. Still,,it's not a 'very' long net handle. I actually think you can guide and finesse a fish better to landing WITH a longer rod.
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