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Old 04-16-2014, 04:02 PM
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Hey everyone,

I'm new to the forum, my name is Austin, I'm 22 and from South Central Pennsylvania.

I have fished my whole life but about a year ago was when I started to get serious about fly fishing. I enjoy the difficulty and the presentation needed to catch fish either a Fly rod.

I look forward to learning as much as possible and contributing in any way that I possibly can.

Now comes my question, I currently use an Orvis Clearwater 4wt 8'6" rod. But I mainly fish small streams right next to my house(you can jump across most), that have over hanging trees and brush. Also I fish a local river. I usually only fish for panfish and fall fish/suckers/stocked trout. Since I never catch anything of real size(over 12"). I'm looking to go with a smaller rod and real that won't break the bank,but will make it easier to work with Somewhere from 2wt and under.

I would just like some suggestions because like I said, I really don't have a ton of experience.

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums. I am just re getting started but have received a tonight of info since joining my self. I am sure that some will come along and give you some good advice.
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Welcome to the forum from a fellow PA boy,

I'm not qualified to help you probably, just wanted to welcome ya to the forum. I'm sure someone knowledgeable will get to ya in a minute!


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Hi and welcome
There's many who might disagree, but it's my personal opinion that unless you're fishing to highly educated trout, there's no reason to use anything lighter than a 4wt.
If I was 22 that's not something that I'd be spending my money on.
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There's many who might disagree, but it's my personal opinion that unless you're fishing to highly educated trout, there's no reason to use anything lighter than a 4wt.
If I was 22 that's not something that I'd be spending my money on.
Thanks riptide, I didn't know if a shorter rod would be more beneficial to fishing the tight streams or not. Again being a rookie, I know my casting is sub par. I am in the process of trying to save for a house, so money saved is a good thing. But hey, you can't take it with you when you go anyways!

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Hi Austin and welcome to the forum.....I just joined as well and have gotten great advise.
Riptide pretty much said what I would have. I've been fishing an 8' 4wt in waters similar to what you have and I'm having a blast. Trick is to learn different casts for the different situations. Utube is your friend.

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I fish a bunch of rods in the 6'6" - 7'6" range and they're all 4 and 5wts
Those "heavier" lines can turn over a leader easier with less line out of the tip-top than rods with lines in the "toy" sizes.
You might be better off with something like that for streams "that you can jump across"
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Welcome!

Streams that you can jump across, eh? Sounds like SoCal.

For that reason, I'm using an Echo Carbon 7'6" 3 weight and it is a blast. The shorter rod allows for presentations when canopy and shrubbery become a problem.

The Echo Carbon is a great rod and won't 'break the bank.'
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A 4wt would be more then fine for your situation. Save your money or take fly casting lessons.
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Thanks for all the input guys, based on most of the answers I'd say the 4wt will be my choice. I'll just work on my casts for the tighter areas. I shouldn't be expecting results over night

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