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Old 08-06-2008, 11:40 AM
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Hypothetical Fly Fishing: Last Weapon of Choice

Due to the fact that you caused so much pain on aquatic species or you have proven to catch fish in the most graceful way, you are sent to an distant tropical island where only food source is fish. Whether that's considered hell or heaven, you are allowed to attain only one set of fly tackle at St. Peter's Tackle Store.

What would you take with you?
Please consider carefully, for you won't be coming back for a long time.

1: Rod: single/double hand, weight, length?
2: Reel: mechanics and backing capacity
3: Line System: type and weight
4: Leader System: one set allowed (changable tippet)
5: Fly/hook: choice of 3
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Default Re: Hypothetical Fly Fishing: Last Weapon of Choice

Hmmm where do I sign up for "punishment"

Rod = 9' 9wt single hand fast action Sage RPLXi since I'm very familiar with it)

Reel = well machined, no maintenance, flawless drag 200 yd 20lb dacron backing + fly line (Pate Bonefish, a bit old school but built like a tank, assuming no Fed Ex services available in "purgatory" for possible but unlikely need for servicing a Tibor Riptide (200 of 30lb backing, also a bit heavy for the rod, but I'd take the backing)

Line = tropical makes me think coral island with flats, so i'd go with a 9 wt Tropical WF Floater (SA Bonefish). Any where else in SW tho, I'd go with WF intermediate.

Leader = 8' butt (40lb clear Ande) to 3' 15lb Hard Mason to optional 1' shock (30-60lb clear Ande). Fly line to butt with an Albright, tippet section biminis on both ends tied to butt and shock with blood Knots, shock to fly Homer Rhodes Loop.

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1/0 chartreuse over white clouser
2/0 Blue over white deceiver
2 borski shrimpy/crabby looking thing in brown

Let the punishment begin

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I'm not much of a gearhead so my choices might seem a bit dated

For a rod, I'd want something tough.. a rod that would hold up to punishment as long as I needed it to.
I'd choose a Winston fiberglass 9' 9wt.

In the same vain, and to balance the fiberglass rod, I'd probably pick an old single-action Valentine reel, but I'd like to see what St.Peter's has in stock before making the final decision.
The Valentines are a proven reel that last forever with little care and have few moving parts.

As for a line definitely a floater, not sure what brand

I'd pick a leader built from Andie mono also.... again....the toughness factor
Andie for tippet and shock tippet material too

I like deceivers and I use a deceiver variation 90% of the time, but they tend to get tore-up after a few toothy fish.
I think I'd go with an all white, synthetic, high/low style fly in 3/0. The extra iron, again, just it's for toughness.
Second choice, a synthetic Clouser in chartreuse over white...1/0
I think peregrines choice of the size 2 Borski Slider is a excellent idea...me too
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Due to the fact that you caused so much pain on aquatic species or you have proven to catch fish in the most graceful way, you are sent to an distant tropical island where only food source is fish. Whether that's considered hell or heaven, you are allowed to attain only one set of fly tackle at St. Peter's Tackle Store.

What would you take with you?
Please consider carefully, for you won't be coming back for a long time.

1: Rod: single/double hand, weight, length?
2: Reel: mechanics and backing capacity
3: Line System: type and weight
4: Leader System: one set allowed (changable tippet)
5: Fly/hook: choice of 3

At first I thought you meant ONE item from the list and that would be line, but, going down the list
1. a 12' of 13' 8 weight...that would cover just about any fish and long enough to get into the surf or if it broke, still have enough left for another rod.
2. ABEL!
3. Sharkskin 8 wt floating or Windcutter 8 wt.
4. Furled leader
5. Three of the most complexed, most material, flies in three different sizes. You can always cut material off and make a whole new fly.
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1: Rod: single/double hand, weight, length?
2: Reel: mechanics and backing capacity
3: Line System: type and weight
4: Leader System: one set allowed (changable tippet)
5: Fly/hook: choice of 3

1. 9' 10 wt.

2. Mako, carbon drag and 400 yds of 50lb gel spun

3. 10 wt. versi tip

4. Ande monofilament

5. 2/0 white Clouser, #2 epoxy minnow, 1/0 surf candy
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:06 PM
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9' 10 wt. Sage RPLXi
Ross CLA 6 w/200 yds of 30 lb. backing
Originally thought intermediate in case I needed to get a little deeper, but really like Joe D's idea on the versi tip.
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Default Re: Hypothetical Fly Fishing: Last Weapon of Choice

Great answers!
I guess all agrees that you are up to cast as many times as your empty stomach demands. Maximum strength to optimized tackle.

My choice is:


1: 9'0" 10wt Winston BMX
2: Van Stall C-vex 9/10 (probably last longer than me)
3: Intermediate full-line 10wt
4: Seaguar 60lb, 30lb, 15lb (pretty tough against teeth, rocks, corals)
5: 2/0 deceiver, 1/0 clouser, 4 bonefish slider (covering wide range of baits


Wishing you happy islanders a good summer of fly fishing.
Please beware of puffers and big fish that may contain ciguatera.
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Due to the fact that you caused so much pain on aquatic species or you have proven to catch fish in the most graceful way, you are sent to an distant tropical island where only food source is fish. Whether that's considered hell or heaven, you are allowed to attain only one set of fly tackle at St. Peter's Tackle Store.

What would you take with you?
Please consider carefully, for you won't be coming back for a long time.

1: Rod: single/double hand, weight, length?
2: Reel: mechanics and backing capacity
3: Line System: type and weight
4: Leader System: one set allowed (changable tippet)
5: Fly/hook: choice of 3
1/ sage rplx 10 wt
2/ abel 4N solid back and spool
3/ cortland 444 tropic plus 10 wt
4/ RIO butt tippet SeaG Fluro
5/ clouser, clouser clouser
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Ill Play...
TFO TiCrX 9' - 8 Wt.
Tibor Everglades - 300 Yards 30 Lb. PowerPro
Rio Saltwater WFF - 8 Wt.
Ande Mono
2/0 DNA Holo-Flye / 1/0 Half & Half / 6 Gotcha
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