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Old 07-25-2010, 12:20 PM
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I am trying to make a decision on a 4wt or 5wt and 8' or 8'6". I will be doing 80% trout and 20% smallmouth on small streams, and am wanting to match it with a quality reel with a nice drag. I like to buy good equipment, and take good care of it, and keep it a long time. It would be greatly appreciated for any advice. Thanks Ben.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:28 PM
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Hi Ben,

When you say small streams, how small?
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The wides would be about 70yards cut up with no brush in between and the smallest would be about 10yards with brush in between if that makes sense.
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When you say small streams, how small?
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Sounds like no need to shy away from 8.5' and remember, you can always cast a small fly from a heavy rod but casting a big fly from a light rod is another matter. I would go with the longer rod in 5wt.

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Ard alluded to the rod as a delivery system for flies. I'm with him on getting the longer length in a 5 weight. From your description of the type of water you fish, you can go as long as 9 feet.

There are a lot of quality rods with various actions at various price points. Find yourself a quality fly shop and cast a few rods. My everyday rod is 9 foot 5 weight Sage Z-Axis. Others might prefer Scott S4, TFO Axiom, or Redington CT. The one that you want will be the one that feels like a natural extention of your arm.

Like rods, there are plenty of quality reels on the market. Nowadays with offshore manufacturing, a quality machined disk drag reel could be gotten under $150. One of my guide friends uses Redington Rise reels as his personal and boat reels because the quality is good, and he would rather put his gear money into rods and lines. If you want to spend more for time tested quality, you could look at Galvan and Ross products. In Northern California, Galvan seems to be the most popular guide reel. In USA sales, Ross is the number one selling reel. If cost is not an issue, you look at Abel or Hatch.

Good luck with your search.

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Ozark, I've fished several Ross reels for eighteen+ yrs.
They are in my rentals now. Ross finally discontinued the reel to get me to buy another.
The Reddington drift is the same weight, simplicity, of design. We'll see about long term durability. So far, so good.
The Galvans will out last either of the above, by far..has a great drag, and Good folks supporting too.
I vote for the 9ft. rod, it will fish more species/water, than a shorter rod. I use mine on everything from small salt casting, to brushy creeks, lakes, and pretty big rivers too.
Spend the money for good gear, and it will treat you well for the rest of your fishing career.
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Hi Ben,

With Smallmouth in the mix I don't think a 4wt is the best choice. My preference would be a 8'6" or 9' 5wt. For an all around rod I don't think a 8' length is a good choice.

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