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Old 02-09-2011, 06:19 PM
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Default Re: Fishing small creeks

Hi Jack,

You are asking about small streams and to me distance has little to do with small streams. If you think you might use it for other fishing then a longer rod may be appropriate. If it was me I would go with the 7'9" or better yet, the Redington Classic Trout in 7'6" length. I think these would be better for smaller creeks. The Classic Trout would even save you $30.

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I used the 7'9" finesse for a couple of years as my smallest rod. That being said, I don't consider 7'9" to be a small stream rod. It was plenty big enough to fish the 60'+ wide branches of the Ausable. I recently went down to a 7' 3 wt and shaving 9" off of it made a very noticable difference.

If there is any possibility that it may be too long, why not go shorter?? I can still reach 40+ foot casts with my 7' 3 wt. If a river isn't wide enough to NEED a 9 foot rod, it probably isn't too big to fish with a 7' rod.
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I fish small streams almost identical to what Ard shows and find that anything over 7' is overkill. Very rarely am I casting over 30'.

As far as the reel, I have the Allen Alpha in the 2/4(I think it's listed as a 3/4 now) for my 2wt and it's probably one of my favorite reels. Justin also gives a discount to NAFFF members if you contact him through the forum.
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I fish small streams almost identical to what Ard shows and find that anything over 7' is overkill. Very rarely am I casting over 30'.

As far as the reel, I have the Allen Alpha in the 2/4(I think it's listed as a 3/4 now) for my 2wt and it's probably one of my favorite reels. Justin also gives a discount to NAFFF members if you contact him through the forum.
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Default Re: Fishing small creeks

I ( as well as most of you) have a closet full of rods and the bulk of my fishing is done on streams that are from 6' to 25' wide. If I could have "only" 1 rod to fish this water it would be a 7' 3wt.
I know in advance which stream I am going to on any given day and I select a rod that I know will work well. I fish alot of water in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where the average fish is probably 7"-8" and I can have alot of fun with my 6'3" Sage TXL or my St. Croix Imperial 6'6" both 3 wt.s
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[I] haven't fished a small stream in many years, but back in the late 60s and early 70's when I visited my folks in Colville,eastern Washington there was a tiny creek called Mill Creek that flowed less than 100 feet from their front door and I found a rod of no more than 7 feet was fine 3 wt as no casting was required (I even now struggle for distance on larger waters. Used to take some nice rainbows up to 16 inches,brooks, cutthroats and even a brownie of 3 pounds four ounces once on some very tiny dry flies. Also took my largest ever trout- cutthroat of 6 pounds 2 ounces from the tiny Icicle River so I Love small river fishing with lightweight gear!
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