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Old 04-16-2013, 09:48 PM
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Default Re: What rod should I get?

I've been fly fishing for 3 years. I now own 5 rods. Yes, those selections were matters of personal choice and casting preferences, but there is much to be said about 'all around' beginner specs for a rod...

I'll share what I've learned to that point:

1. A 9' 5wt is your typical all around length and weight. The length helps with mending and controlling line. It helps me work around brushy banks too and keep line off the water in my backcast when fishing from a kayak/canoe (seated), or just in deep water. A 5wt throws a good range of fly sizes for pursuing trout, pan fish, bass...

2. A medium (some call it midflex) action is good because it can throw dries with some delicacy and still handle streamers and nymphs. The 'action' varies between dealers/models so I'd do some checking here.

3. My first rod was a 7'6" was for fishing up in mountain streams (small here in the east). I then branched out to:

• 1 9' 6wt tip flex (fast action) for throwing big streamers to large (east) trout and bass.
• 1 9' 5wt mid flex (med action) for an all around rod
• 1 9' 5wt full flex (slow action) for dries and some smaller streamers (Kinda duplicates the rod above—but this was strictly a glutton purchase).
• 1 9' 7wt tip flex (fast action) for going after carp and maybe some striper
• 1 8'6" 3wt full flex (slow action) for throwing tiny flies to little brookies...the eastern brookies around here don't get that big and landing them on a 5wt or more is no fun at all.
• 1 13-14' convertible Ito Tenkara rod...just for fun!

The original 7'6" 4wt sees some action on the same streams I take the 9'5wt on, but in sections that get tight with overhanging trees and bushy banks.

That said, I fish Orvis, St. Croix and CF Burkheimer rods. I enjoy the actions though they vary. Just takes a few casts to get it dialed in.

Welcome to the forum! ;-)
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