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Old 07-14-2012, 09:20 PM
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Default BVK 6wt question

This might be a stupid question, because I have a feeling it has nothing more to do than with personal preference, but just thought I'd get opinions.

So I fish the flats and beaches in the Tampa Bay area...reds, trout, snook, lady's etc. I use a St Croix 8 wt, and I'm planning to add a 6 wt to my arsenal, in the form of a TFO BVK.

For whatever reason, I'm wanting to get the 6 wt in the no butt version, but am concerned about regretting that, for when I hook up with the monsters. I suppose more than anything it's an effort at diversity (because the 8 wt has a fighting butt). I have a friend who caught a 32" snook on a butt-less 6 wt last summer, so I know it's possible and really like the "traditional factor" of the butt-less fly rod.

So, opinions or advice...get the butt, or go butt-less?
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I honestly can see no advantage to not having the fighting butt.......but, I guess that is why they make different configurations. Personally, I would not want that metal end cap digging into my belly for extended periods of time. Oh, and just food for thought....I have the BVK in 10, 8, 5, and 3 weights. I love them all!
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I, too, prefer the fighting butt models for 6 weights. This is a rod size that one is going too lean on when fighting a fish.
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Fighting butt for sure.... especially if your going to be targeting big fish. I like fighting butts on any rod 9'6" or longer(easier to lock the rod to your forearm while fighting a fish with the added leverag the fish has with the longer rod) or any rod 6wt and up.
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By going with the buttless half wells version of the 6wt, you might save 1/8 oz, and have 0.2% less chance of looping the line on the butt while casting/fighting a fish.

That said, I'd rather have the butt. I also feel like I can cast with a bit more power with concave cork under my thumb rather than just a slope.
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If I were buying it would have the butt.....
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Default Re: BVK 6wt question

I have the 6wt 9' BVK with fighting butt and find it very light and well balanced I use it for trout and bass both. Its a great streamer rod for sure IMO
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For your viewing pleasure:

I like big butts.
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Borrow your buddy's rod for a day or so and see if you like it.
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Default Re: BVK 6wt question

I would go for the rod without it. I hate the end that sticks on one of my 8wt's. TFO does have another with a sponge material on the bottom which is nice.
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