Hello, I have been reading and joined this website for about two or three month or so and I would like to tell you that people here are very nice. I am living in north Texas and fishing sometimes at Beavers Bend OK where lots of big trouts are stocked.
Anyway, my question is, as written in the title, what fly rod do you believe that protects tippet best?
I had an experience where I thought I hooked up a big trout and at that time was using Temple fork Pro series 6 wt 9 foot and my tippet was 5x. I had a tug of war with the fish about 2 mins or so and it swam downstream and all of sudden swam upstream and went downstream again and snapped the tippet.
I talked about this incident with many fly shop guys and they offered many conflicting solutions.
Number one: (Although their wordings were kind), the bottom line was that you are a poor fly fisher man and do not blame your rod.
Number two: Buy the most expensive rods. For example, one guy told me that I need to buy Sage Zaxis because it is such a marvelous rod that it is fast but its tip is soft to protect the tippet.
Number three: Buy a slower rod regardless of the price of the rod in that it will absorb shocks.
The solution so far is that I got Winston boron IIx due to its price reduction and it is a slow rod. Yesterday I hooked up a size 18 or 19 inch trout and I was fishing with boron iix 4wt but I was using 4 x tippet to net the fish.
As you can see, I am using 4x tippet although I bought a slow expensive rod.
If you guys have any thoughts on this, please let me know.
Next time I am going to go down to tippet size 6 or 5 with my boron but my gut feeling says that size 18 or 19 inch trout will break your 5x tippet no matter what kind of rod you are using. Correct me if I am wrong.