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Old 08-11-2013, 09:01 PM
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I've checked out some of those 10ft rods for nymphing and wondering how many use them. I thought of grabbing one sometime (for the purpose of adding to the collection) but I wouldnt know what to get...
My 5w is a 7.5' rod but it seems a little funky with larger beadhead flies
maybe because the rod is kind of flimsy. Is a 6w a good choice for that route? I'd like to learn more about a good set up. Allen has some nice 10' rods. A 6w looks boarder line between a size 2 or 3 reel being that a 2 would have minimal backing.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:21 PM
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Speaking strictly of single hand rods, I own one 10 footer, it's a 7wt that I use for steelhead in the Lake Erie Tribs. For fishing the largest waters there, it's ideal for handling double nymphs and indicator fishing. Mending line is noticeably improved over a 9ft rod but there is a trade off and with the length, it handles long leaders better. It can be a hinderance if you get into smaller streams or brush lined streams. This rod for me at least, is a one trick pony but where I fish it, the rod is perfect.

For trout, my nymphing is done with 8'6 -9'0 rods. Mostly with 4wts though I do have a 590 that is pretty versatile and gets solid use. I can fish dries, streamers, nymphs with a 9 foot rod. Smallmouth I've mostly fished with my 590 but have this year added a 6 that I'll use as well. The 6 may see some action when the wind is kicking up big time too, but only on the right water. For most of my trout fishing, a 6 is a lot of rod.

Questions: What size streams/bodies of water are you intending on using said 10wt with? What species are you targeting? What size flies do you intend to throw?

If you're looking to fill a niche, a 10ft rod might be ideal, though I'm of the opinion that a 9 footer will prove more versatile.
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Trout (or whatever else but mainly trout), small - medium sized streams. There are a few great spots(larger streams) that I havent been to in years and looking to doing some traveling next year.
Ive seen some using these longer rods on small streams here... looks tricky at spots but doable.

The 10w was returned and switched to 9w llbean (which is killer with sharkskin line) I use that in the big river here when stalking the big bass and musky. The susquehanna is more open water casting long distances.
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I am seriously considering Sage's ESN (10ft 3wt) for nymphing here in CO but I often wonder if the bushy banks on boulder creek would cause me to get into more trouble than it's worth.
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I am seriously considering Sage's ESN (10ft 3wt) for nymphing here in CO but I often wonder if the bushy banks on boulder creek would cause me to get into more trouble than it's worth.
I thought prettty much the same but early in the season theres spots that are pretty deep. Wade out 4ft and you're waist high in water. I was thinking the extra length can help a side arm type cast out in front to stay out from the brush.
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I use a 9ft 5 wt for nymphing but St. Croix has a 10ft high stick rod that looks sweet designed for czeching.
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I'm thinking of using an even longer rod. I am addicted to getting out and nymphing boulders and a longer switch rod is probably in my near future.
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The thing with Czech - or tight-line nymphing - with long rods: generally we have to wade fast water to get close to the fish. It's a great way to catch fish, but I'm not crazy about wading in fast, rocky water.

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My go to rod for the Madison River is a 10 ft 5 wt GLX.

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For my spring creek I use a 9 ft 4 wt. Gary Borger Targus rod.

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Default Re: Nymphing Stick

I own two 10 footers. For nymphing trout I often use a 10' 4wt but often through dries with it as well. I'm primarily fishing larger rivers out West now but did use it often back East on tighter rivers.

I also have a 10' 7wt for steelhead on the great lake tributaries. I contest with others that the extra foot is really helpful in mending and reaching runs further out.
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