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Old 01-09-2013, 03:40 PM
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Default took the 2 hander to the river

Finally got a chance to try the Ohio river with the 11' rod today.
Sure glad I had a rod capable of handling big fish in strong current.
Started off with a Clouser minnow in #4 size and had a hookup before long.
It was a tough battle, but I finally brought the brute to hand.
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Well, it wasn't really that tough to land it, but the current was strong and I did find the repair I made to my left boot didn't work. I guess a wet foot makes the fight seem longer.

Also caught a Spotted bass, but it wasn't anything I couldn't have landed on my 3wt.

BTW - The Rio 8/9 Switch line was working fairly well for a spey cast after I got the timing & hard stop on the forward stroke figured out. I was able to get casts out to 70' or so after a bit of practice. What I found works best is to really close up my grip on the rod (top hand close to the reel) and come to a very abrupt stop at the 11:00 o'clock position.
Hopefully I'll get back out after the next round of rain is over. Need more practice (and bigger fish).
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