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Old 08-17-2009, 04:30 PM
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OK, my son moved to Colorado and having been there several times, I've gotten the fly fishing bug. I live in Illinois and have a good place to go small mouth fishing and am planing to go trout fishing in Colorado, so what size line should I get? After doing some reading I was looking at getting a #5 line to do both on a 8'6" or 9' rod. Also what brand line do I buy? Thank for your help!

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Old 08-17-2009, 05:23 PM
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cjjr: Welcome to the forum and the great sport of fly fishing. A 5 wt outfit (rod and line) will work fine for Colorado. I like Rio lines, but most of the major brands will do just fine. I would recommend a 5WF floating line for general use.

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Old 08-17-2009, 06:59 PM
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Hi cjjr,

Welcome to the forum.

A 5wt would be a very good choice for the Western US. I think you might need to think about the Smallmouth. If there are big fish and you want to fish big flies you might want to consider a 6wt. In years past a 6wt was the all around rod that the 5wt has become. I would especially consider a 6wt if you are only fishing in Colorado on vacations. As you get involved with fly fishing you will discover that it is not a one rod sport. You will eventually want to get specific rods for specific applications.

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Old 08-17-2009, 07:44 PM
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I actually fish a 7 wt. for smallmouth bass. It may be more rod than others would use for this application, but it works very well on the smallies that we have in the Susquehanna River here in Eastern PA. The rod that I use is Sage's TCX; 9'0", fitted to a Bauer Rogue 3 reel. It's a nice set-up and, at least for me, it's not too much gear for the fish.

Maybe a 5 wt. / 7 wt. or 5 wt. / 6 wt. pair would be a good place to start for the fishing that you plan to do. In my experience, it's hard to make the "one rods fits all" axiom actually work.

Don't overlook the Scientific Angler products when you're shopping for line for whatever rod(s) you end up with. The same for Cortland, I really like their "peach" 444 Classic lines.
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Shameless plug here - Temple Fork Outfitters has 4 NXT combos that come with rod, reel, line, backing, leader, and rod case for $200. Choices are 4/5 wt, 5/6 wt, and 6/7 wt (the 8/9 wt is $210).

It is a good starter rod that will last you forever, and the 6/7 might fit that western trout / smallmouth combo you're looking for if smallies are your main target. The 5/6 would too, but would be better for trout as the main target.

Lots of on-line vendors offer TFOs, but not all offer the NXT. If you're interested, and can't find one, email me from our web site. I'm on their Pro Staff and I'll find you a vendor, or figure a way to get you in to one.

If you go with a combo that doesn't come with line - shameless plug #2 - go with Scientific Anglers line! All of the bigger line manufacturers make very good lines, so the smartest thing to do it go to a fly shop or local fly club and see which one casts best on your new rod, then buy that one. But I hope it is an SA!

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Old 08-21-2009, 05:08 PM
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Welcome Craig! You'll find lots of knowlegable help here.
My own bit of advice: If you put together an entry-level outfit for yourself, spend a little more on a quality flyline. There's a world of difference between the twenty-buck lines and the sixty-buck lines. You'll save youself a lot of frustration (from line memory) and gain 20-30 feet of distance with a better line.
If you are still trying to decide what size rod to buy, stop in at your local fly shop. Most shops have a few rods set up that you can try out.
I'm on a tight budget and I got a real eye opener casting the high end rods at Idaho Angler here in Boise. I went in to enter a contest that required that you cast a Winston(?) rod. The guy there handed me about a grand worth of rod/reel/line to go play with as I would!
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