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Old 09-26-2011, 06:15 AM
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Im fortunate to own a nice variety of rods from short 3 weights to 9 weights. My lightest rod is a Winston 7'6 3 weight and with it's classic slow Winston graphite action it makes a great small stream rod. Honestly, any lighter and it would go from fairly versatile in the context of a small stream rod to a narrow use or what I would call a novelty rod.

Yesterday on my local small stream I fished an older Orvis One Ounce two weight. I remember playing around with one of these back in the early nineties when I worked in the fly shop, it seems I took one out a time or two along with the One Weight.

I had forgotten just how much fun these ultralight rods were and that perhaps the fun factor overshadows their limited use. We were throwing a size twelve X caddis dry flies and this big bushy dry was almost more fly than I would want to cast.

What is your experience with the novelty rods- what ones do you like?
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:03 AM
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Yesterday on my local small stream I fished an older Orvis One Ounce two weight.
russellb...if that's the unsanded 6'6" 2 wt, then I have the same and fish it regularly on streams and from my tube. Most of last week I spent sitting in my tube casting to bows and brookies, throwing everything from tiny adams to stimi's with a pt dropper.

I like the way this little rod feels with a fish on, especially since most of my other rods are at least med fast. You have to pressure bigger fish (in stillwater) to land them quickly for release, and I think this practice helps me (for instance) land steelhead quickly on my regular rods.

I don't think of it as a novelty rod at all...just another tool in the box, to be used when conditions demand it (small streams) or when conditions allow it (float tube, tiny lake).

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Old 09-26-2011, 12:16 PM
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Several streams in my locality are very small, they average less than 3-4 feet wide. These are gin clear, spring fed, ribbons of water nestled in mountain laurel. I have a Cortland 2/3 weight 7 foot rod I love for these waters. The fish are small brookies, rarely exceeding 8 inches, and the slow action rod is a real gem. a novelty, no a really useful tool.

I also have a vintage 6 foot, Fenwick 5 weight glass rod that sometimes sees small water duty.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the responces guys, you're making it real easy to justify purchasing one as the Orvis I used was not mine!
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I still use and love my 70's era Fenwick 7 Ft, 5 wt. It's amazing, but after all these years the rod looks new except for the grip which shows dirt from the hands. I wish I had pick up some of their lighter rods.
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I am not sure if I would label these rods as "novelty" rods since they have niches in which they were meant to be fished. The water that mrfzx described is one of those niches.

I used to own a Sage SLT 282-3. It was a fun rod for those junior sized fish and skinny waters, but I had to sell it since it wasn't the right fit for most of the waters that I fished.

I say get an ultralight if you will be able to find a use for one.

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Old 09-27-2011, 05:53 AM
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Dennis-

Perhaps novelty is too strong a term but I wonder if in my case the niche for the rod is so small that I would have a hard time justifying the price. This is especially the case as my small Winston/Abel 3wt outfit is so much fun and if need be I can throw a small bead head wooly without difficulty.

Over the past 10 years I have been telling myself that I am going to build a fly rod. I saw a 6'6 2wt kit on Hook & Hackle for under 150 bucks. This might be the perfect chance to see if I both like rod building and get an ultra light fly rod for a low price.
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i have a colton slipstream 6' 2 weight rod that i absolutely love!
it is a 3 piece, so it is very easy to transport and a breeze to set up. i use it primarily for fishing gills and crappie down hear in illinois but plan on taking it up to alaska next summer for some small stream action

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I'm sorry if I'm spoiling the party, but here's what I wonder about: When fighting a fish with these "novelty" rods, will we be hurting the fish by tiring it out so much?

Yes, I like a good fight, but I never want to endanger a fish.

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I'm with Randy and not a fan of the toy rods
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