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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Merrimac, MA

    Default Odd or even number rods?

    Nick_k posted a thread on 7 wt. rods and atilla's post got me thinking about the rods that I use most of the time.

    For me, it's the odd number rods:

    3 wt. - have 4
    5 wt. - have 5
    7 wt. - have 1
    9 wt. - have 3
    11 wt. - have 1

    On the other side; the even side, I have:

    4 wt. - have 1
    6 wt. - have 1
    8 wt. - have 1

    I think a lot of it stems from the fact that my first rod was; as is common, a 5 wt. From there I went down, since my favorite fishing is for native Brookies up in headwaters; so 3 wts.. made sense. I don't drop below 3 wts.; at least not so far ,although I've been eying some local streams that aren't much more than 5 ft. across and a 1 wt. has crossed my mind........... Then I started fishing Smallies and a 7 wt. seemed like the right tool for the size fish I was after. Then along came Stripers and Bones and with them the 9 wts. were added. I fished Tarpon once, and that's where the 11 wt. comes from, but most of the time it gathers dust.

    The 4 wt. is a special rod that Terry Johnson made up for me as an 8'0". The 6 wt. is a Sage One that I made myself last Winter at a rod building class and the 8 wt. is a Redington CPX that I just couldn't pass up for the price (and I'm glad I didn't; what a sweet rod!).

    But, all in all, I could easily do all of the fishing that I've done and probably that I ever will do with just the odd number rods.

    What's your experience?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Boston, Mass.

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    My first was a 6. Then I got an 8, then a 4, and there I stood for a while. Now I have everything from a 3 to a heavy 9 that does better with a 10 line, and multiples in many of them, but my favorites are still 6 and 4.

    Leaving aside my own collecting history, I think a 6 is more useful than a 7, and a 4 more useful than a 3, so you'd need a 3-5-7 combo to do what a 4-6 combo can do, and you'd probably use the 5 most of the time anyway.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Park City, UT

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    I own 3-8wts, I fish my 4wts whenever I can, and a 5 and 6wt equally after that. I could do my trout fishing with two 4wts, a 5wt, and a 6wt, but to answer your question, I would go with evens if I had to

  4. #4

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    I use even number rods on even number days, isn't that how it's supposed to work?

    Actually I fish odd and even, just depends on the fishing I'm doing that day and which one I feel like fishing.
    - William

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    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    A F&F 5wt, wanted it for small brush choked dreams and casting drys
    Helios 9' 5wt, first rod and love it for streamers
    Orvis 9' 3" (1985 model) 7wt for chasing big browns at nite and currently bass and bay fishing in Texas.

    Don't see myself ever needing to buy another rod, unless I wanted a second of each of these 3 to have as a spare. Could be kicked out of the fly fishing guild for only fishing 3 rods, but when on the river with one it feels like I'm fishing with an old friend. I do have some other rods but they are collector boo rods and not anything I care to fish with.

    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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  8. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Akron Ohio (don't let that fool you)

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    I'm pretty much an even number guy. 3-4wts 2.5-6wt (one's a 5-6 I like it better with a DT 6) 1-8wt and my switch rated 7/8 but it likes about 60' of DT10F so I have no idea what that is anymore! Odd numbers=bad juju for me. 2's company 3's a crowd, or something to that effect.
    Oh I live to be the ruler of life not a slave

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    southwest , Virginia

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    2wt, 3wt, 4wt and 5wt. Never had a bigger fly rod. But I'm thinking on an 8wt to fish New River with. I want to hook a big Musky that I know are there on a fly rod. I fear I'd be taking a swith to a bear fight with a 5wt. I have caught two on spinning rods and I think an 8wt would put in about in the correct rod zone for Musky..or perhaps a big stripe'er. Them Stripe'ers can put you on an enormous battle. Since this rod would be used as a workhorse, I might go toward a good, but not pricey rod,,maybe something in a TFO or St Croix. A seven weight might handle the fish but I think the 8wt would toss big ol' feathery creatures farther.

  10. #8

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    I have like many others both odds & evens in numbers as well as Weights,my collection Started with a 6-7 wt,since then I have accumulated,a 2wt,a 3wt,a 4wt,2 5wts,a 5-6wt,3 6wts,3 extra 6-7wts,a 7wt,a 9wt with a 4wt,a 6wt,a7wt & an 8wt to be finished,I think??? as it's possible I could have missed a couple??
    Last edited by Liphookedau; 02-18-2013 at 04:10 AM.

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  12. #9
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    Aug 2012
    Prince Edward Island, Canada

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    I like my 4's and 5 wt's. The 5wt is a 7'6" Sage so it kinda feels like a lighter weight. Also like my St.Croix Imperial 4wt. It too is 7'6". I have a 3wt, 10' Allen Myth. It feels like it could handle some larger flies, fish and water. Looking forward to trying it out on some large steelheads. Also have the Myth in a 3wt. 6'6". Have yet to wet a line with them. Also have the CT Redington in 8'. Nice rod, haven't tried it yet either. Ohhh, so much fishing, so little time.
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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  14. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: Odd or even number rods?

    I fish mostly "evens"

    There's plenty of "odds" too, I just don't use them as often,.

    This is a somewhat conservative count. I'm sure that there's others that I'm forgetting
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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