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...

Like Tree4Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 09:35 AM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 33
amateurforever is on a distinguished road
Default 7 feet fly rod

Hi,

first of all I'd like to thank all you guys for all the help. I do not have the chance to try many rods, so every time I start a thread here and receive a huge amount of information. It's just great....

The new rod I'm going to buy is a 7 ft for the small streams. I have come to two candidates:

Orvis clearwater 7' 4 weight (the new series),
Sage vantage 7' 3 weight (I know they're on clearance),

I will use it for dry fly (sometimes longer casts, like 40 ft) with occasionally small streamers.

Any comment would be appreciated.

Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 09:51 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 1,786
stl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud ofstl_geoff has much to be proud of
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

I recently picked up the 3wt vantage and its a delightful rod. Im very happy with it. I havent fished with a Clearwater in a long time and the one I can use is an old 6wt so my opinion on them isnt equal. i do think you'd be happy with the vantage though. Also look at St Croix Avids, they have a 7' 3wt and I also have one of those I like quiet well.
Hardyreels likes this.
__________________
"When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

Storm Drain Bonefisher
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 02:03 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 33
amateurforever is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

Hi and thanks for the comment,

I have a 9wt Vantage and really like it. I use it for pike and while it's a medium-fast action, I can throw 2/0 flies for something like 60 ft. But just like you mentioned, the different weights of the same series could have very different characteristics.

I had avid series in the mind as well, but excluded it for some reasons. There are two 7 ft rods, 3 and 4 wt, but both come in two pieces, which is not something pleasant. On the other hand there's a 6'6'' 4 wt, but I feel like it's too short. And then I do not think it would have enough backbone for longer casts and some streamers.

There are some other excluded options too: St. Croix Imperial 7 ft 3 wt, but I read it's a fast action, which I do not like that much for a short rod. I had the chance to take a look at a Sage Flight 7 ft 3 wt as well (I could only examine the rod, but did not cast it) and to me it looked too stiff and a little heavy.

Cheers

Quote:
Originally Posted by stl_geoff View Post
I recently picked up the 3wt vantage and its a delightful rod. Im very happy with it. I havent fished with a Clearwater in a long time and the one I can use is an old 6wt so my opinion on them isnt equal. i do think you'd be happy with the vantage though. Also look at St Croix Avids, they have a 7' 3wt and I also have one of those I like quiet well.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 02:39 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sidney, Nebraska
Posts: 479
chased is a splendid one to beholdchased is a splendid one to beholdchased is a splendid one to beholdchased is a splendid one to beholdchased is a splendid one to beholdchased is a splendid one to beholdchased is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

You may want to check out the Redington CT rods. There is a 7'6" 3wt that is a treat to cast. It is a little slower than most graphite rods of current times. In my eyes it would make a great small stream rod at a very hard to beat price. Cabela's has them for 50% off making them only $75, a true bargain.


-Chase
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 02:59 PM
noreaster's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Posts: 856
noreaster is just really nicenoreaster is just really nicenoreaster is just really nicenoreaster is just really nicenoreaster is just really nice
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

I have two 7 footers. A Sage RPL Graphite III its 7'3" and a St. Croix Imperial of the same length.
I love them both. The sage is a 5 wt. and the St.C a 4 wt.

On a side note, the Sage (2 piece) had a tip recently replaced. You can see the new honeycombed updated graphite was used, the action is super fast now. Looking forward to casting it in the spring.

I really enjoy the 7 footers in where I am using them. Streams and small rivers with canopy make these a good choice.
__________________
"Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 03:32 PM
Rip Tide's Avatar
Senior Member

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: quiet corner, ct
Posts: 5,527
Rip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

When it come to a small stream rod, you can't beat fiberglass


http://midcurrent.com/2012/10/02/cab...lass-fly-rods/
The Fiberglass Manifesto: First Look - Cabela's CGt Series
Cabela's CGT Fiberglass Fly Rods
Hardyreels likes this.
__________________
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 04:05 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 33
amateurforever is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

Thank you guys for the comments, but actually apart from the first comment no one has talked about the rods I asked about.

Still waiting...
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 04:09 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan's U.P.
Posts: 956
rockriver is a glorious beacon of lightrockriver is a glorious beacon of lightrockriver is a glorious beacon of lightrockriver is a glorious beacon of lightrockriver is a glorious beacon of lightrockriver is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

I like my Fenwick 705 from the early 70's. I recently tried it with Rio Gold
WF4F since I had my Medalist set up for my Z-Axis 4 wt. It seemed to like it okay so I'll try it again in the spring.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 05:47 PM
Rip Tide's Avatar
Senior Member

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: quiet corner, ct
Posts: 5,527
Rip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: 7 feet fly rod

Quote:
Originally Posted by amateurforever View Post
Thank you guys for the comments, but actually apart from the first comment no one has talked about the rods I asked about.

Still waiting...
Maybe there's a reason for that....
You did say "Any comment would be appreciated"
Hardyreels likes this.
__________________
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 11-14-2012, 06:07 PM
comeonavs's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Firestone, Co
Posts: 1,875
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: 7 feet fly rod

I had the Vantage but sold it. Rod was fine but I had 5 different 3wts so some had to go. You mentioned the Avid, I had one of those too and it is much more medium action than the Vantage, therefore IMHO made it a better pure dry fly rod.

I dont know what your budget is but I got a 7'6" ZXL on a good deal and is is super sweet
__________________
"The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

"Snap it" Hank Patterson
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
Range: 16-17 feet and 12/13wt neversink How to Spey Cast - Technique and Advice 6 06-03-2012 06:53 AM
35 Feet of Fly Fishing Line. Ebay USA Lines 0 02-08-2012 10:30 PM
APACHE fly fishing Rod 15 feet Ebay USA Fly Rods for sale 0 09-02-2011 04:40 PM
Wisconsin's Wet Feet Law LenHarris Great Lakes Region 3 05-19-2009 11:42 AM
It Had To Have Been TEN FEET Long! belizefishing General Discussion 1 03-18-2009 10:54 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:45 AM.


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.