06-03-2010, 09:59 AM
Re: Newbie with a question
First and possibly only rod for the summer? I'd go with an 8'6"-9' 5wt. I haven't cast the Flight, but have cast the Sage Vantage on the water. The
Vantage is an excellent rod, especially for its price. While I like the idea of
using a 9' rod (and I own a few), I always seem to grab one of my 8'6" 4-5wt
rods. They are definitely lighter to cast, although a 9' rod can put out line with maybe one less false cast. I've been nursing a shoulder injury for 8 years
and do all I can to keep it from getting sore. Ard mentioned shorter rods, and
I'd love to use the 7'6" rods I have more often. They light, and get the job done on narrow streams. Mending line is a bit more difficult, however, so that's something to take into account. I was fishing with my wife last year, and we were drifting nymphs. She with an 8'6" rod, and I with a 7'6" rod. We
switched rods so that I could un-wrap the leader from around her rod tip, and
I then cast the the longer rod. It made mending so much easier! It's not often
that you get to stand in one spot, and use two different rods in succession
like this, but the comparison is very revealing.
Reels for your intended use: Anything you'd like. The advantages of large arbor have been discussed, but I like a larger spool mostly for its ability to
get line back in quickly when moving from spot to spot. If a small fish like trout is running directly at me at high speed, I find it's easier to just strip 4 feet of line at a time with my non-rod hand.