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Old 02-18-2013, 08:40 AM
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

I have an odd number of even rods and an even number of odd rods.
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

I have a pretty fairly even number of both. I am missing an 11 wt. single hand rod having skipped from 10 to 12.
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

To get to the point, both. I started with a 590 and then got a 7 for Steelhead, then went down to 4's & 3's. For trout, I use the lightest wt line I can get away with given the the type of stream I'm fishing and conditions that day. Since I have found myself mostly fish spring creeks for smaller fish, I tend to stick to 3's and 4's.

My quiver is pretty much a 2 trick pony for steelhead, either a 6wt switch or a 7wt single hand rod. I need to expand on the larger sticks.
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

If we have learned anything reading all these threads about rod capabilities and manufacturer marketing, it is that a stated rod weight may have little to do with how a rod fishes. I have (too many) 4 very different 5wts. Two are Sages and fish like 6 wts. 1 is a Redington CT and fishes like a 4. I also have a couple of 3wts, 1 of which fishes like a 4.

I guess my point is that a guy should acquire rods that fit the water, fish and style that makes sense for him....not worrying so much about odd or even numbers and more about how each rod fits a need...

2 more cents, I guess...but I think it's counter productive to search for guidelines that don't fit with reality. -Mike
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If we have learned anything reading all these threads about rod capabilities and manufacturer marketing, it is that a stated rod weight may have little to do with how a rod fishes. I have (too many) 4 very different 5wts. Two are Sages and fish like 6 wts. 1 is a Redington CT and fishes like a 4. I also have a couple of 3wts, 1 of which fishes like a 4.

I guess my point is that a guy should acquire rods that fit the water, fish and style that makes sense for him....not worrying so much about odd or even numbers and more about how each rod fits a need...

2 more cents, I guess...but I think it's counter productive to search for guidelines that don't fit with reality. -Mike
I wasn't looking for guidelines, I was just interested in personal preferences, since the number of time that I fish an even numbered rod is very low.

I think that, like a lot of people, I started with a 9'0" 5 wt. (one with good backbone; a Sage Z-Axis; perhaps the reason why I never really felt that I needed a 6 wt. for streamers), then I went down to a shorter 3 wt. for smaller trout in tight, bushy situations, then up to a 7 wt. for Smallmouths. Stripers and Bones fit well, for me, with a 9 wt. And that's, essentially it. Just preference; in my case, reflected by the type of fishing that I was doing.

I agree with one of the posters who said that odd or even doesn't really matter; you should fish the rod that's right for the situation that you encounter. I also agree with you that some 5 wts. cast like 6 wts. etc.

So, no right or wrong here from my standpoint; I was just interested to see if anyone else ended up where I seem to have landed. And it looks, from the posts so far, like most people favor the exact opposite; the even number rods.

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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

When I head out for a day on the river I take a 5wt and an 8wt. I can catch anything on the river with the 5wt, but use the 8wt for big flies or windy days or in the spots where I need to pull bigger fish out of heavy cover quick.
Even though I use the 8wt a lot, I seem to catch my bigger fish on the 5wt.

A few weeks ago I did take out the 4wt and the 8wt. You can cover alot of ground with those two. Biggest bass of the day (or would have been) hit a little wooly I was using to bream fish on the 4wt.

So I guess I'm an odd even guy.
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Odds for fresh, evens for salt.
3 weight for small streams. A fast 5 and a softer 5 cover most scenarios for trout

The 8, 10, 12 combo for salt covers all I ever need.

Although I have others to fill in the gaps, I could live with the odd for fresh even for salt rule if it were made into law.
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

I use 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's and 8's. So there is no odd/even factor here at all. Never thought of it for that matter.
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

It appears to be pretty much a split for me. Of the 24 rods I fished with last year, 13 were "odd" and 11 were "even". However, some of the "odd" were fished "even" and some of the "even" were fished "odd"; more the former than the latter.
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Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

Interesting question! I seem to be more of an even kinda guy; I'm usually fishing a 4, but I take out the 2 a good bit for brookies and panfish, and have a 6 I like for billy bigmouths. Every now and then I'll wander to the one local urban pond that isn't infested with joggers and bring the 5'9" glass 3wt for some stunted bream, and even less often I'll try for some LMB in local (jogger-infested) waters with a fast-action 5wt--usually during or immediately after a rainstorm.

But for the most part I gravitate towards a couple of different 4wt rods, or my 2 or my 6. I hadn't really thought about the even/odd aspect before, but I had recognized my tendency towards 4 weights.

In the salt, which I fish irregularly, I use an 8 or a 10, but I've got a 9wt spey blank that's sitting second in the queue for a build that I'm looking forward to trying out.
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