The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 05-27-2012, 08:15 PM
comeonavs's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Firestone, Co
Posts: 1,731
comeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant future
Default Streamers & Light Rods

Ive only ever fished a streamer on a 6wt rod. The spot I am going tomorrow I typically take one of the following

TXL 3710-3
TXL 4710-3
Z-Axis 490-4

Anyone here have any input on using a size 6 streamer on the TXL specifically the 3wt, or should I just take the 4 wts. We are also getting some BWO /Mayfly hatches right now so just figuring what rig to take so I can hit both flies on the same rod.
__________________
***Why Flyfishing over golf ? You cant take your phone in the river***
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 05-27-2012, 08:36 PM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,409
Blog Entries: 69
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Re: Streamers & Light Rods

I use a 7' 9" 5 weight for almost all trout fishing situations. On occasion I use streamers up to #4 & 2's on a 6' 6" bamboo flea that takes a 3 weight line. if you use a level leader of at least 8 pound fluorocarbon you will do fine. One must develope a casting style to accommodate the use of large wet flies with light rods but once you find your niche it'll just be normal to use them. The only way you'll get it figured out is to do it. If I can do it then anyone can

Ard
__________________
Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard

The Alaska Fishing & Outdoors Blog;
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 05-27-2012, 08:48 PM
comeonavs's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Firestone, Co
Posts: 1,731
comeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant future
Default Re: Streamers & Light Rods

Thanks Ard,

I typicallly use 6x tippet so somewhere in the 3-4lb test range but I will bring some 5x too. I just plan on following last weeks theory of if nothing is hitting dries or nymphs throw streamers. The river I am going to typically is 50' wide at its widest and averages probably 3-4' deep so I cant imagine Ill throw a super heavy streamer. Possibly a size 6 with a beed type head.

The fish range 10-14" and arent "hogs" so I should be ok.

Problem is I am rigging for two as my buddy who is coming doesnt have a good small stream rod. I am going to bring both my 9' 4wts and both my TXL's.

My wife always laughs as I leave to fish for a few hours and I take 5 rods. Im not as bad as my buddy I went with last week. He took two 6 wts, one 5wt,two 4wts, and a 3wt with reels for all and spare spools with different lines for the bigger reels. I guess it is better to take it and not need it than vice versa.
__________________
***Why Flyfishing over golf ? You cant take your phone in the river***
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 05-28-2012, 01:04 AM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,409
Blog Entries: 69
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Re: Streamers & Light Rods

When using a streamer with a bead or cone head, work very carefully as you get the feel for the casting of them. Striking the tip top of a light rod with a weight can ruin a day. I was back east last week and on medium streams with my 5 weight I used a single hand Spey snap T type cast with my streamers. Once you are on to it the casting can be pleasurable and since there is no overhead back casting the chances of whacking the tip are greatly reduced.
__________________
Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard

The Alaska Fishing & Outdoors Blog;
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 05-28-2012, 09:53 AM
jaybo41's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: On a trout stream/Suburban Pittsburgh
Posts: 2,510
Blog Entries: 1
jaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond reputejaybo41 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Streamers & Light Rods

I don't have experience with the TXL in 3 wt, but I do own a 470 TXL. I fished size 10's and 12's with it one day and it did not handle them incredibly well IMHO. Assuming the stream you are fishing allows enough room, I would take out the Z Axis. That rod is capable of tossing a much wider range of flies and does so exceptionally well. Several weeks ago I had my 490 out and threw everything in my boxes--streamers, nymphs, midges, dries with ease. The versatility of that rod makes it almost an automatic choice unless I'm doing more technical types of fishing or fishing small streams. BTW, if you're throwing #6's, you might want to take along some 2-3X and maybe some 4 if you want to dial it down.

The TXL, at least for me, is a small stream rod best suited for smaller flies, YMMV. A fun rod to fish with, but not my choice if I want to fish a wide range of sizes and types of flies. Just my 2 cents.
__________________
~*~Leave only your footprints~*~
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 05-28-2012, 10:46 AM
comeonavs's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Firestone, Co
Posts: 1,731
comeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant futurecomeonavs has a brilliant future
Default Re: Streamers & Light Rods

Thanks guys,

I have loaded up the Zaxis and Legend Ultra 4wts in 9' . I will bring the TXL 4710 in case my buddy only wants to fish everything but streamers.

Sportsmans Warehouse here I come for some 3x

Happy Memorial Day everyone, thinking of my Grandpa who served in Burma India in WWII and all the other vets and families of vets today.
__________________
***Why Flyfishing over golf ? You cant take your phone in the river***
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 05-28-2012, 10:52 AM
db cooper's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 230
db cooper has a spectacular aura aboutdb cooper has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Streamers & Light Rods

I fish the same Orvis Far and Fine as Ard is talking about as well as a couple of shorter cane rods built for 4s and 5s and fish streamers all the time on smaller waters. Keep in mind smaller waters dont always mean smaller fish. No problems at all. The technique specific rod craze is blown way out of proportion if you ask me.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heddon rod of rods 6' 3" ultra light no. 101 fiberglass 2 pc fly fishing rod -ec Ebay USA Fly Rods for sale 0 10-23-2011 02:30 PM
overlining light weight rods? caseywise Fly Lines 15 09-21-2011 02:50 AM
WTB Scott G rods in light weights broog1 Fly Fishing Tackle Member Classifieds 3 09-04-2010 11:23 PM
light weight fly rods Troutwhisperer General Discussion 32 12-14-2008 06:45 AM
ultra light rods for bass, carp tca1954 Fly Rods 5 08-31-2008 10:30 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.