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Old 08-27-2013, 02:47 PM
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I have been thinking about purchasing another rod,like i need one but i want one.So i was thinking about going with a 1wt or a 2wt under 7'long just for some real small streams.I don't really want to drop $500 on this rod.Give me some opinions and some experience with some lite weight rods i have not had one in years and the one i had 26yrs ago has long been broken.It was a High Serria Rod graphite 5' 6" 1 wt i think.I know TFO,St.Croix,and Orvis Super Fine all have these weights.
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St Croix imperial 2wt. Under $200. Made in the USA. 25yr or Lifetime warranty can't quite remember. Only downside is reel seat is small. You need a machined foot. Cast won't fit with the use of a file. I have one in a 4wt... One of my favorites for tight quarters. Roll casts effortlessly.

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Current rods:

I have a 6' St Croix Imperial (I602.2, $170-190) that I use a lot. Both my own measurements and one in a 'shootout' indicate this is closer to a 1 wt, though.

I have a 5' TFO Half-Weight ($160). I'd say it's really a 1 wt. At least, I use it with 1 wt line. Some people prefer 2 wt line.

For non-current rods:

I also have a Sage ZXL 8' 2 wt. That rod is closer to a 3 wt in my opinion and by my measurements. I use either 2.5 wt line or 3 wt line.

Finally, I have a St Croix Legend Ultra 7' 6" 2 wt. That rod is a real 2 wt and works best with 2 wt line.

For little streams the Imperial and the TFO are real close to each other. Both will handle 12-14" trout without a problem.

For middle size streams, I usually use the 7' 6" rod, and for larger ones, the Sage.

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St Croix imperial 2wt. Only downside is reel seat is small. You need a machined foot.
I'm glad you mentioned that. If you use a reel where the foot is too thick, it's very difficult to get off without damaging something.
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I can't post the li k from my phone, but if you Google "Ohio 2 weight shootout" there is some interesting reading regarding about 22 different rods at varying price points. The testing was done by a committee from a fishing club. At least, these are the facts that I can remember.

I bought the Echo Carbon 7'-3" 2-wt. based in that test (from the budget category) and I'm tickled pink with it. I paired it with my Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock I reel and a Scientific Anglers Mastery texture Trout taper line. I can cast it 45' effortlessly with a nice turn-over, and I'm a horrible caster. That reel still feels heavy on it.


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How about a used Winston WT 2wt? I had one for a while, fantastic rod, a true 2 weight. I am a small stream fanatic, the brushier the better. Learned that the 2wt was ineffective casting the flies I generally use on such streams.

Moved to a medium-soft action, short 4 weight and have never looked back.
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i have a 6' colton slipstream 2 wt. that i really like.
i actually use a wf3 line on it as its a faster action rod.
i recently bought my wife an allen ats 2 wt. thats pretty sweet as well.
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I have a 6' TFO 2wt signature and I have no complaints. There are a lot of 2wts available and lines to go with them. I would also like to have a 1 or 0 wt rod but I don't like the cost of those real light rods and line choices are few. I personally would stick with a 2 wt rod because of choice and availability.
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I just got back from trying out my new 6'6" 2wt superfine 1oz. its a nice rod.
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If you have a 3wt I would recomend going all the way down to a 1wt. A 2wt isn't going to be that dramatically different than a slower action 3wt IMHO. If you don't have a 3wt a 2wt is a great little rod.

I had an Elkhorn traveler 1wt and loved it, sold it because my wife went nuts and bought me a TXLf 1wt
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You might want to look into having a rod built off a blank, or building it yourself. The Orvis SFT 6' 1wt blank can be had for a song at Mudhole, and Anglers Workshop offers a blank called the Chalkstream Light which I've found to be high quality. Anyway, it's a another option.
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