03-14-2009, 01:30 PM
Re: Newbie Question
wtex has given you good advice.
For your 7 foot 4 weight, if you're looking for a place to start, try a 7 1/2' monofilament leader tapered to 4X and add a 2' length of tippet for changing flies.
Carry a couple of spools of monofilament tippet in:
4x for larger stuff like woolly buggers, streamers, panfish poppers and other flies like heavily weighted nymphs and other stuff size 12 and larger
5x for dry flies, wet flies, and unweighted nymphs sizes 12-16,
and a spool of 6x for smaller dry flies, wets, and nymphs, down to 18
I think the 7 1/2 foot leader might be a bit easier to manage with a 7 foot rod, if you're just starting out. For picky trout in smooth water you may want to go with a 9' leader at some point, but the 7 1/2 should work fine to start for trout, and would be a good choice for panfish (they're a lot less picky most times).
Hope this helps.