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Old 01-31-2008, 08:56 PM
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Hello I am new to this forum but not fly fishing. It is true that fly fishing walks a higher path, but when one is doing it one needs to be equiped for it. I use to have trout and my #4/5 rod worked realy well. I moved and now that same rod sits collecting dust. The fish up here eat most trout in one bite. I am looking for a 9wt.-12wt. rod for fish with teeth. More over a rod for PIKE. I've nabbed a few small pike with the rod I have and wow talk about a long fight. After looking into it for a while and reading through one of my old pike/musky books have settled into the range of 9-12 wt. rods in the 9 foot range. The rods I've looked at have been Cabela's combos and Fenwick. From what I gather I need a fast bend and these seam to have it. I figured to come on here and get some info from a fly forum first. So I got a few questions before I drop the $$$ on one. About action of the rod, does a faster action make it better for hook sets, fish control, castability? What brands of rods are good to look at for this? Fly size, can a smaller fly still be used (smaller minnow/leech types over larger streamers)? Fly line type, standard weight forward, etc? Any other suggestions or things to look into would help. Right now I'm looking at a temple fork combe from Cabela's. Though I and seen good things about Fenwicks and use them heavily for other fishing. Thanks
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9 weight is more than enough for Pike/Musky. I would use a weight forward line and their are some specific to Pike in the Scientific Angler line I believe.
You'll typically be throwing a big bushy fly, and it really comes down to preference what action rod you go with. I personally like a medium fast action rod, and stay away from the real fast action rods.
Careful with the TFO's, they are a nice rod but their line rating is way under-rated- I've found most if not all are one size up in line weight.

Most hook sets would be a strip strike hook set, and be prepared for close in action because Pike are known to follow a fly a long way before hitting it.
We have Tiger Musky and Pike here in New England and they can be a blast to catch on a fly, especially a 20 lb'er
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Another rod company to look at are the Beulah rods, they are fairly fast action and a great rod for the price!! They are located in Bend, OR I believe!
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