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Thread: Best rod for throwing articulated streamers?

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    I just returned from a fishing trip where lots of streamers were thrown. I was testing some new streamer leaders so I continued to increase the size of the streamer as the day went one. I was using a 9'-6" 7 wt Sage One. I am sure there are better Streamer rods out there, but I will say that I was very impressed. On short casts, it was very accurate and it handled the long cast like a champ. The leader I was throwing was short 36” fluorocarbon furled leader with 18” of 12lb. Fluoro ending in a small micro swivel. The fisher than attaches only 12”-14” of tippet to the swivel. I was truly impressed how well this leader system turned big nasty flies. We got into many big browns yesterday on both white and brown articulated streamers. We were fishing a tail-water, the water was raised the morning we arrived so the color was very off and the fish were hunkered down. We were able to coax many a big browns out of the depths with large streamers. Some days you have to leave the dry fly’s in the box.

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    Thanks for all the feedback!! I have a winston biiix 9' 7 wt and really like it just looking for another rod in 6 wt to add to the arsenal for strreamer browns and smallmouth bass.

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    Just a litte up of this thread ...

    Anyone using switch rods (11 or 12') with articulated flies (swing technique) ?

    I plan to use it on a big spanish river with big browns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben664 View Post
    Just a litte up of this thread ...

    Anyone using switch rods (11 or 12') with articulated flies (swing technique) ?

    I plan to use it on a big spanish river with big browns.
    I'm using a 12' #5 2 hander. Short strips & twitches , read the "Streamer blog"....browns like to chase dinner

    Part I of III:

    http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...en-part-1.html

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    Im using a two hander. Its a 3wt meiser switch with a 325 grn tonic head and poly leaders. I can spey and overhead cast with this setup. I love it. With the poly leaders i can tackle just about any situation i get into.


    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by flycaster1977 View Post
    Im using a two hander. Its a 3wt meiser switch with a 325 grn tonic head and poly leaders. I can spey and overhead cast with this setup. I love it. With the poly leaders i can tackle just about any situation i get into.


    Ben
    Hey Ben, what do you think the actual sink rate is for those poly leaders in moving water ? Any tips ?

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    Over The years I've Cast many Streamers mainly on 9ft-9Ft 6" Rods mainly in 6 or 7 Weights & Articulated ones in Alaska on A 8Wt 9Ft Rod & I feel as Fred has mentioned either a 9Ft 6" or a 10 Ft also in a 8Wt or perhaps a 9Wt would do the job a lot better & it's up to The Individual really what Breed of Rod however there are some Quality Rods made on Korean Blanks I wouldn't again entertain.
    Brian

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    Default Re: Best rod for throwing articulated streamers?

    Quote Originally Posted by ben664 View Post
    Just a litte up of this thread ...

    Anyone using switch rods (11 or 12') with articulated flies (swing technique) ?

    I plan to use it on a big spanish river with big browns.
    Since you are resurrecting this thread, here you go.

    I used to fish a 11 foot 6 weight switch with a 375 grain 20 foot Skagit head. Along with a 10 foot MOW style tip, you should be able to swing those articulated streamers fine.

    It's an effective way to fish.

    Dennis

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    I use a 12'6" 5wt. Z-Axis Spey rod, 390 grain skagit comp. for swinging big uglys, way more fun for swinging then a SH rod IMO I use airflo replacement tips in intermediate, sink 3 & sink 7, they're 12ft long. For monster streamers I'll use 5ft of T-8 instead.

    BTW guys why has no one mentioned the GLX streamdance by loomis in a 6 weight??!! It's an amazing streamer rod and an incredible all around 6!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastfly66 View Post
    Hey Ben, what do you think the actual sink rate is for those poly leaders in moving water ? Any tips ?

    In moving water i know that the ratings are a bit off so i err on the side of heavier. If i start to snag bottom alot i just switch to a lighter tip. Ive gone as heavy as a 10 ft section of t8 on bigger water.
    Your fly will have some bearing on which tip to use too.


    Ben

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