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Old 09-11-2013, 12:12 AM
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Just as it says. I need to ask several questions / get opinions from one of the members with years of experience using a wide range of rods/reels. I need to make a decision soon on rod purchase quickly. Sorry this sounds odd but I'd rather ask in a PM. Thanks
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There's plenty of candidates here, but you'd probably get better advice if you just posted what you were fishing for, and where, and what your budget was. The cool thing about this board is that folks rarely post BS answers to technical questions. Why ask one guy when you can ask a dozen?
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+1 to what he just said.

Depending upon what/where/etc., you need in the way of info, the 'answer's' will really change. Example: Small stream fishing for small trout vs. Salmon/Steelhead in a big river.

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I'll ask one of my maundering questions here.

Is there really a big enough difference between a 5wt 8'6" rod compared to a 6wt 9' rod that is the same make and model, etc? The reel to go on it would be a Kraken #2. Fishing would be trout, bluegill and bass.
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Casting a double nymph rig with weight like I often do, there is a pretty big difference. The extra length is great for reaching out and drifting flies (yes, six inches makes a difference) and a 6wt will throw a heavier rig better.

This is just one situation that applies to the way I fish. You will no doubt get a lot of advice from some real pros on this subject.
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I'll ask one of my maundering questions here.

Is there really a big enough difference between a 5wt 8'6" rod compared to a 6wt 9' rod that is the same make and model, etc? The reel to go on it would be a Kraken #2. Fishing would be trout, bluegill and bass.
the 6wt will be fit to cast bigger flies, for those species. If its predominantly for gill and bass, then the 6wt would be the way to go as flies for those are generally bigger...

If its for predominantly for trout, where you're casting small nymphs, wets and dry flies, then the 5wt would suit better.

Both rods will do both jobs though
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I would go with the 9' over the 8' 6" rod in either wt as both weights will handle what you need .The 9' will give you the extra distance in the wind and help drive heavier nymph riggs.That is just my opinion but hey i like a 9' rod, i do have an 8' 6".
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go the 9' 6 wt route. med-fast action would be ideal.
it will cover all applications you mentioned but will
be able to cast bigger the bass flies if needed.

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I agree with the above, and if it were a choice between the two I'd buy the six weight. BUT if you already own the 5 weight? I wouldn't get a six to supplement it. I'd go ahead and make the jump to a seven or eight weight for throwing larger bass flies and keep the 5 weight for trout and blue gills. Frankly the 7 is probably the most versatile fly rod made. Its a master of no job, but it will do them all. Its light enough to be fun on trout and heavy enough to fish for bass or light salt water. In an ideal world you want a dedicated bass rod in six seven or eight, and a trout rod in the three, four or five range depending on where you fish and what flies you're throwing. But if I could just have one it would be a fast action six like the Sage RPL (My go to rod for years) or a cheaper seven like a Loomis GL3 or a Reddington or the like. I'm not recommending brands here as its been awhile since I shopped for anything more than disposable backup rods, but I will stand by the weight choices. Good luck. Its a fun problem to have.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:26 PM
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Default Re: Need to PM from a very experienced Fly Fisherman

Thanks for the advice, guys. It helped confirm some info I got last night.

I went ahead and ordered a 3wt 6'6" Xa and 9' 6wt ATS from Allen FF just now. Should pair nice with the reels I mentioned above that are in the mail to me as we speak. Thanks again.
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