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Old 01-01-2011, 03:00 PM
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Default Re: Fast 6 wt or slower 7 wt?

My goal, and this is why I posted the first thread, is to become proficient in casting more than one rod type. My friend and I have this discussion all the time and, as has been written, it's really a matter of preference.
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It really is a great rod and despite the stiffness, it is very sensitive to even the little nibbles from small panfish.
Hmmmm.....It sounds like the nymphing article I mentioned in another thread, in which the author mentioned a preference for fast action rod. He stated that they are more sensitive. There's good and not so good in everything I suppose.
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Default Re: Fast 6 wt or slower 7 wt?

For me, rod ratings and action are based upon my target species, and thus what flies I will throw the majority of the time. If I were going to spend the majority of my time throwing large streamers or poppers for bass, I'd probably step up to the 7 WT with slower action. Otherwise, the advice to practice really might hold some water.

Being a cheapskate, I'd say practice more with that 6 WT. It keeps money in your pocket and you get to fish while doing it. That's a win-win situation if I ever saw one.
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Wow! Lots of great info in everyone's responses! I am going to have to experiment with line. I usually use a sink tip line, but have to dig out the box to be more specific about grain etc...
My preferences on sink tips and shooting heads for the 9 foot 6 weight TCX
Rio DC Sink Tip 15 foot WF7FS3 or FS6 (185 grains) or WF8FS3 or FS6 (210 grains)
Rio DC Sink Tip 24 foot 200 grain, 250 grain
Cortland Precision Quick Descent 24 foot 175 grain*, 225 grain
Any shooting head between 185 and 250 grains (I don't fish shooting heads on this kind of rod, but the TCX can handle them)

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* The TCX will throw a 175 grain sink tip. The streamer needs to be smaller.

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Default Re: Fast 6 wt or slower 7 wt?

I am relatively new to fly fishing and some rods just don't work for me. I have a sage RPL 8 wt that I use for steelhead that I love to cast. I picked up a RPL+ in 6wt and as much as I tried I just didn't like it and it went off to Ebay. For me if it doesn't work I know to get rid of it and move on. I am now casting an old American made Powell 6wt that I am thrilled with. Last steelhead trip I couldn't put it down. Nice thing was the water at the Erie tribs was low and clear and I did not need much weight.
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I am looking forward to playing around with the TCX in by backyard to see what I can do with line to make it work better for me. It really is a great rod and despite the stiffness, it is very sensitive to even the little nibbles from small panfish.
I think that's a good idea. You won't get any less for it if you decide to sell it later than if you try to sell it now, if you keep the handle clean.

I just put a 9 wt Rio WF tropical line on my 7 wt TCX to see how it did, and was able to throw the line quite easily to 90 feet, so I seriously doubt your 6wt will feel clunky with a 7 wt on it. The TCX's have a very fast recovery rate.

You may find it easier with a WF7 to get the feel of the rod, then later switch to a WF 6 , maybe even one with a long compound taper. With that type of taper you can comfortably vary the load on the rod by increasing or decreasing the amount of line out of the tip.

With the TCR's and X's you can "tip cast" short and medium distances with light line loads and short strokes with a little practice. If that doesn't work for you, you can either stick with a 7wt on it or sell it.

I fish with both TCR's and the TCX and find them to be the nicest rods I have ever used for getting off quick casts, for things from blind casting and bass bugging, to sight fishing for flats fish.

For delicate presentations to trout on clear streams, I would still go with my little bamboo rods - though I haven't cast any of them in probably 5 years now.

I would give it a little time with the 6 wt first, and try shortening your stroke.

Then buy a cheap 7 wt WF line to play with before you decide. The shop you bought it from should certainly let you try out a demo reel with a 7 on it. Sounds like you are on speaking terms with them. MP has the shooting head weights laid out, so you can compare those weights to the AFTM specs for the first 30' of WF integrated lines.

Good luck.

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