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Old 04-24-2009, 08:29 AM
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Albright 9' 6WT, 59% off retail. They have some good deals on this site, if they happen to have what your looking for.
I just got my wife into fly fishing this season, she's been out twice this season and had fun both times. Good luck.

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oops...i should have said $50 MORE than the tfo. not enough coffee this morning i guess.
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Default Re: outfit for 5' fiance'

My wife is about 5'2", and her favorite fly rod (by far) is 9 feet. She gets
much more distance than a comparable 8'6" rod, and a 7'6" rod isn't even
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You have a chance to grow your own fishing buddie...for life. How great is that!

I believe beginners should start with a medium or medium-fast action rod so they can feel it load and find the natural rhythm of the cast. Either a 8'6" or a 9' is fine, but not shorter. I think a 5 wt. is more useful for our part of the country.

Here's an overgeneralization that's worth thinking about: Spouses (or spouses-to-be) should avoid teaching each other stuff like hitting a golf ball, playing bridge or fly casting. If there's anyway you can get another fly fisher to coach her, that would let you be the cheer leader.

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You have a chance to grow your own fishing buddie...for life. How great is that!

I believe beginners should start with a medium or medium-fast action rod so they can feel it load and find the natural rhythm of the cast. Either a 8'6" or a 9' is fine, but not shorter. I think a 5 wt. is more useful for our part of the country.

Here's an overgeneralization that's worth thinking about: Spouses (or spouses-to-be) should avoid teaching each other stuff like hitting a golf ball, playing bridge or fly casting. If there's anyway you can get another fly fisher to coach her, that would let you be the cheer leader.

Best of luck.
i teach fly casting for a living, and i sent my wife to dave and emily whitlock and carolyn parker to teach her to cast and fish. once she had about a week of lessons from these fine experts, then i felt i could coach her from there. the advice from alligator is sage wisdom, indeed! and my wife and i have a fabulous relationship. but i wanted it to stay that way. if i had tried to teach her from ground zero, she would have questioned nearly everything i said. and that would not have been good. after having 3 other well-known experts teach her the same stuff, she now knows i know what i'm talking about. so she listens. "familiarity breeds contempt" and "a prophet is without honor in his own village." so it doesn't matter how good you are at it, how good you are at teaching it, or how world-famous you are for both. your wife still knows you're the idiot who couldn't fix the kitchen sink.
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thanks for the input guys and you have an amazing point with that, instead of getting frustrated at each other, i could cheer her on and then she will probably get better than I. I was looking at the albright and some of the ladies rod's and the price isn't a swaying factor although if i spend 1500 on rod, reel, line, waders, boots, vest, nic-nacs, ect. ect. and she gets bored with it and says thats ok honey i'll just watch and read then it is for the most part going to sit.
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Could be the ticket. If she like the way the rod casts. Is Albright sold in fly shops Cliff? Honestly, I don't think I've ever noticed.
I think they used to be, but then went to a direct sales via the internet model.
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i just purchased an orvis zero gravity 9' 5wt 7.0 mid flex factory second for her, if she does not like it i will keep and keep hunting. also she told me the grip is not to big on the redfly2. her biggest problem is too much wrist so my question is, does the joan wolffe wrist lock stap help to improve muscle memory or is it something to just lock you in so you never learn?
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her biggest problem is too much wrist so my question is, does the joan wolffe wrist lock stap help to improve muscle memory or is it something to just lock you in so you never learn?
I think the main point of the strap is to show you how well the cast works when the tip doesn't drop on the backcast, so that you can't help but notice how much it sucks the next time you drop the tip.

As info, I suggested a 8' rod for her because lacking wrist strength makes a 9' rod hard to cast. (I'm not calling your fiance' weak, just making an assumption based on you buying that strap.)

I'm not lacking the strength, but have some tendonitis/carpal tunnal issues, and thus sold my TFO 10' 5wt.
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One of these could be a good fit- Topwater Outfits Get the 8' 5/6wt with a 6wt line to make casting easier for now. You can switch off to a 5wt for delicate presentations later if needed.

Edit: Ok, I have to chime back in with a disclaimer regarding Albright's shipping charges, because they are ridiculous. They give LOTS of options, but starting at $19 FOR A SINGLE REEL? Just to check, I checked shipping on a spey rod to see how ridiculous it was going to be. Speaking of ridiculous, it turned out to be less than the reel, by a little. I spent 4 years in box shipping and their pricing is just goofy.
Just making sure this doesn't get missed. I recommend vendors carefully.
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