02-17-2013, 10:25 PM
Re: Slow Rod Delight
Okay, I am confused. I have a 9-foot, 5wt Orvis Clearwater rod. Is that a fast rod or a slow rod? I tried the Echo Carbon and some sort of Sage and I picked ti Clearwater whenever I purchased my first rod.
Maybe I just don't know what I don't know. I don't actually know "why" I picked what I did since I had nothing to compare it with--it sort of just happened.
I seem to be able to work it, to a point. The first casts I ever took on the water was whenever an old guy taught me how to roll cast late this past September. To be truthful, that is all I really have ever done on the water: roll cast.
Sometimes it takes a while to "get in stroke," but once I figure things out, I can usually hit where I am trying for the most part. Not exactly by any stretch of imagination but within a foot or so which sort of surprises me!
Should a newbie be using a slow rod? A fast rod? Mid-flex? Tip Flex? 5wt? 6wt?
Answer is probably any of the above. Use what you have. Figure it out. Then try something else once you can use what you own.
I really think my rod is too long because I am constantly smacking bushes and limbs and whatnot in many of the places I have tried to fish. But I know I want to try it this year in some real open areas on lakes for bass, so I know it will not be too long then. In the meantime, I need to learn to use what I have.
I am just confused as to what slow and fast really mean? I am assuming slow gives you more control but you sacrifice distance, right?
Sorry for all the questions. I hope to be able to contribute answers in this forum soon instead of only asking questions.