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    Default Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    As the title says, it's a 5 weight with a Dickerson taper.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    With all the upline and down lining recommendations that will come I'm leery of replying like this but...……. I've been owning and using bamboo rods for quite a while and stuck with makers designated line weights in DT unless I found the line too heavy. While a cane rod can cast to substantial distances I've always viewed them as more of a tool for technical fishing and so avoided pushing them. In some cases you must try the #5 and see how things go. All of mine are like the glass rods that followed them in rod evolution, they pretty much will work within a wide grain window as in 4 to 6 or even heavier or lighter. It comes down to finding the line that allows you to fish at your normal range comfortably I think.

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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    I agree with Ard -- at least start with designated line weight in DT.

    Outside of that, there are a few other factors to consider, like how old is the rod? If it was made back when silk lines were the norm, or is made to resemble such a rod, then the guides (and especially the stripping guide) will be of a smaller diameter than modern rods, and you'll want to look for a line that has as little memory as possible. Also, taste in rod action has changed over the years. Orvis rods desginated as 6 weights back in the 60's are often now considered 5 weights (very common with Orvis) and I fish all my Heddons desginated as HDH (nominally a 6 weight) with 1 5 double taper.

    FWIW, all my cane rods get fished with Cortland Sylk DT, in the appropriate weight. No memory, and slightly smaller diameter than most modern lines.

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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    Thanks guys for the comments.

    To answer the question, this is a modern bamboo rod, not an older one.

    Also, my main plan is to fish blueline streams within the GSMNP and small bluelines in WNC such as the Pisgah. I am not fishing it on larger tailwaters. Primarily throwing dries only or dry dropper combos. No streamers.

    This was a desire on my part for a nostalgia rod.
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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    Got it Jay,

    Don't be afraid to use streamers with a new cane rod, my strategy often involved fishing dry fly carefully upstream without causing too much commotion then working all the deep pockets and turns as I came back down with a streamer. Unintentionally I have hooked and landed / unhooked 2 fair sized silver salmon in small streams here using my 6'6" 3 weight Orvis flea rod. When you get into a big fish you just gotta use your head more than with a 10" trout

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  6. Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    Hi

    I would suggest a silk line! Either a Phœnix (made by Mike Brooks in France) or a Yano (Made in Japan)or a TOP (Triangle taper) from Olive fly line in France..

    Pat

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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    A cortland peach in DT5F is where I would start.

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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    Quote Originally Posted by fishiowa View Post
    A cortland peach in DT5F is where I would start.
    Me too
    Or the Hook&Hackle High Floater.... which is basically the same line only cheaper
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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    You guys are great, thanks much for the input.

    I had pretty much figured the Cortland 444 Peach would be a good start. I remember back in the day when that was the line, lol!

    I have some other lines such as Rio LL and some AirFlo Elite's I might try just to see how they do.
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    Default Re: Line suggestion for 7 1/2' bamboo rod

    I have a 7' dickerson 7012 4wt and currently using sa heritage ultra presentation wf4f. This is a true weight line with an original taper for bamboo or glass rods. I use weight forward for short casts on my tiny mtn streams. Double taper on my longer small stream rods like my sage 389ll.

    I'm currently using a cortland peach wf5f on my 7'6" payne 101 5wt on larger streams and rivers. Peach works great but I don't like the color. Weight forward and double taper both work great for this short 5wt rod.

    Wondering what taper is your dickerson?
    steve

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