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Old 03-06-2013, 08:46 PM
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not to hi-jack, but how important is water temperature? i usually fish in water no deeper than 5' and its supposed to be in the 50's this weekend. i'm really itching to get out but i would assume the water would still be to cold.
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Water temp is crucial. Out here they start to get active around 50 degrees, but 60 plus degrees is way, way better.
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i may have to run up there this weekend and check the water out. i assume it won't be warm enough yet, but its close and worth a shot.
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50 degree water temp seems to be the cut-off for my waters. I find them on dark, shallow mud flats that warm very quickly in the sun in April. I've fished the same flats every year for a few decades and never bested the second week of April. It's not a surprise that I first find them when the burrowing nymphs, midge and chironomid larvae and anelids are getting active in the sediment . The perch and bullhead have just spawned, too. They show up for the easy food. I have a canal near me that may get active as soon as it ices out. We'll see.


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What would be the top 2 or 3 cheap carp reels for a 6wt? I live in downtown Denver and am looking to put together a mid priced carp setup and need a reel for on a 9ft 6wt Redington Predator rod. Any thoughts on the Sage 1800 series? 80 or 50?

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I used a Sage 1600 for a coupel years and its been a great carp reel. They made some improvments and now call it the 1800. The lamson konic ( even though they ruined it with color ) is also a solid reel. Also check out the Allen Trout II reels or the Alpha III
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I have an allen, it does the job. I've got a pretty wide range of reels, and I do prefer something with a solid drag, and the large arbor is a must. for the money, the allen will get it done. I used to think reels just held the line, but for carp, they matter.
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I have an allen, it does the job. I've got a pretty wide range of reels, and I do prefer something with a solid drag, and the large arbor is a must. for the money, the allen will get it done. I used to think reels just held the line, but for carp, they matter.
I agree that they matter for sure...would just rather not be walking around the stranger parts of Denver with a $500 Hatch..so to speek.
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Hah...I have always wanted a hatch!

The Allen was my go to reel up until last season...it will do the job.
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What would be the top 2 or 3 cheap carp reels for a 6wt? I live in downtown Denver and am looking to put together a mid priced carp setup and need a reel for on a 9ft 6wt Redington Predator rod. Any thoughts on the Sage 1800 series? 80 or 50?

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