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Old 11-03-2010, 04:53 PM
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Default I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

When I started fly fishing I thought I was just going to stick with one rod forever to save money. I am up to three now, lol, a sage flight 9 ft 8 wt, echo carbon 9 ft 5 wt, and redington rs4 10 ft 6 wt. Damn this addiction to this sport, it's getting costly. Especially with the guide trips I've done, those have been $200-500 per trip. So anyways, what rod should I get next? Any suggestions? I'm thinking a short 7'0-7'6 3-4 wt(an Orvis Clearwater II more specifically). I fish every kind of waters you can think of, my family is spread out across the entire state of caliornia I'm always traveling around it fishing everywhere I can, and fishing states like oregon and montana occasionally and south eastern canada.


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Old 11-03-2010, 07:17 PM
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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

A 4 weight is too close to a 5 weight. Get a 7'0" to 8'0" 3 weight. It will cover most Sierra streams.

I wrote a review on a 7'6" 3 weight Redington Classic Trout rod last month. It's one of those rods that will surprise you.

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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

30 rods ago I thought the same thing.
I have to disagree with MP on the 4w is too close to a 5w, but you have an 8w, 6w, and 5w, so I agree with him on getting a good 3w. The 4w's (and I me plural) can wait until you dispense with the guide trips.
Think what rod's you can get with $200- $500 you're spending on a guide trip.
Get a good fiberglass 3w that will fish the small streams perfectly. (Steffan Brothers, McFarland, Fred Paddock, Kabuto, L. Kenney)
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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

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A 4 weight is too close to a 5 weight. Get a 7'0" to 8'0" 3 weight. It will cover most Sierra streams.

I wrote a review on a 7'6" 3 weight Redington Classic Trout rod last month. It's one of those rods that will surprise you.

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I second the Redington CT especially in the 3wt. I also agree with MP and Mojo that a 3 wt should be your next step. Youll have a blast with it. Plus the 3wt won't break the bank. Which is always a plus.
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I knew it was hopeless to attempt such a thing, as well as completely against my nature, as soon as i started taking casting lessons.

I started by trying to find a decent beginner rod and found one in a Reddington Red.Fly2 6wt. As of right now i am constantly fighting urges to run out and buy a couple more rods. I must own a good 5wt and would like to pick up a decent 8wt for winter steelhead. After that i will probably get a 3 or 4 wt and then probably a better 6wt.

Every time i go into my favorite local fly shop i am constantly handling the various Sage 5wt. rods. I will probably end up with a Flight. If i am feeling flush i may hold out for a Z-Axis.

At some point i must own one of those personalized Orvis Helios rods.

I look at it the same way i do when guying computer accessories to feed my gaming habit. I forgotten how many different mice, headsets, keyboards, etc i have upgraded over the years. No biggie though, it is an enjoyable hobby and if you get good use out of it, even if it is replaced or you pick up something similar a few years later, it is money well spent.
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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

Have you begun tyig flies yet? The addicition only worsens then.
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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

Clearly the logic says a 3wt is the correct decision.

It's a good idea to get the rods you're interested in into your hands and maybe find a way to fish one, before you buy. I have 8 rods and 5 of them are exactly what I wanted. Those 5 I got to fish before buying and I knew exactly what I was getting.

If you happen to enjoy any specialty kinds of fishing, you might want a special rod. I found a used 6'6" 2wt and really enjoy it on the brushy, smaller creeks of the E Sierra. Just a thought...

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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

I have a 4wt for fishing the spring creeks here in Iowa and a 6wt for bass. I now want another 4wt and another 6wt as "upgrades" along with new reels. Plus new fly boxes, expand my fly selection, new net.........
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Default Re: I thought I was going to stick with just one rod...

I was in a similar situation, where I had an 8wt and a 5wt. I dropped all the way down to a 7'6" 2wt Cabela's LST on clearance for the smaller streams and it's a blast.
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