My wife just doesn't get it.
“Is that your new fishing pole?” she asked as I excitedly opened the Cabelas package that the UPS guy had just dropped on our doorstep.
“It’s not a fishing pole, it’s a fly rod”, I replied. “A Redington Predator”.
“And why do you need another
fly rod?”, she politely asked.
Gulp. “Well”, I said, “catching big largemouths with my 6wt Winston, the fancy pole
you call it, is a bit dodgy so I got this rod specifically for fishing bass down on the river”.
“So this is bigger than a 6wt? I thought that’s why you bought the blue one in February.”
“No, that’s an 8wt and I got it for bigger fish; stripers, reds, bonefish and the like. Maybe I’ll use it for the occasional bass, but only in certain conditions”.
“Oh, so how much does this new rod weigh?”
“It’s a 6wt. And wt
is not how much it weighs, but a reference to the line that it uses”.
“Oh. Another 6wt? But I thought you just said your fancy 6wt wasn’t good enough.”
“Well, this 6wt is different. It’s much faster, I mean stiffer, more backbone for setting hooks and pulling bigger bass out of cover, like rocks and branches. It’s also a foot shorter, good for those tight places down on the river”.
“But it’s still a size 6?”
“So at least you can use the same line that you use on the fancy pole”.
“Well, I could, but it will be better if I put a 7wt line on it because it’s so fast, I mean stiff, and if I get a bass specific line, with a heavier taper, I mean, weighted end”.
“So, you’re telling me that they’re both 6wt fishing poles, I mean fly rods, but this one is shorter, stiffer, uses a different line and catches different fish”.
“I don’t get it”