01-21-2011, 11:42 AM
Re: Light Rod & Little Fish for Beginners?
I do want to stress that if you are just starting out, a lighter rod/ line will be less 'noticeable'.... Meaning that you will have a harder time feeling the rod load and unload.
This being said, I would steer you towards nothing lighter than a 4 wt.
You also mentioned that bass fishing is your 'comfort zone'-- many of the same tactics you employ with your 'conventional' tackle will translate nicely to fly gear. example-- you can get the same strike from a weighted bugger 'jigged' on the bottom that you will on a carolina rigged worm....
I'd say go with a five weight for the feel of the load/unload, and fish it just like you would your bass tackle (throw to cover, pound banks, etc.)
I also want to say that I've been in many situations that a fly was much more effective than 'conventional' gear-- ie- submerged timber, the fly had a slower sink rate than a heavy plastic, I could keep my fly in the strike zone longer than my buddy with fewer snags....
plus, you have many more (IMHO) top water options-- both in 'lures' and presentation, and where and how you can fish them.
//edit// a 5 wt. will be plenty fun for those sunnies as well--- especially if you are fishing like you would with your other gear-- you'll tend to find the bigger sunnies/ panfish....