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    Default Pardon the craziness

    I watched a great youtube vid regarding a troutís perspective as one approaches. Rod flash was apparent. Is it critical to have a matt finished rod especially when tightlining? A thanks to all.

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    IMHO it's ideal, but not necessary to reduce rod flare when tightlining.

    If you approach from the rear (as you should), stay low/quiet and don't drape your rod over the fish, you should be fine even with a glossy rod finish. In this case the fish never even get a chance to see you or your rod.

    Of course if you are in the fish's field of vision glare/flare from your rod can spook them, just as could glare off your shinny sun glasses or other clothing/accessories.

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    A matte blacked out rod does sound pretty sweet...

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    Just take a brillo pad to your glossy finished rod; blamo - matte finish!
    NOTE: Unless you refinish your rod, there's no going back from this.

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    If you make the right cast , the fish doesn't see anything except the fly, I say use any rod you want and practice casting. If the shinny rod was that important wouldn't you think they wouldn't make them any more? I actually use both types and they all work-My 2 cents CB

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    Did you miss the part about tightlining?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osseous View Post
    Did you miss the part about tightlining?

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    Not sure who this is intended for, but I think the point is:
    - If you approach the fish properly (even with tightlining) they shouldn't see your rod since you approach and fish from the rear and you are careful not to get your rod in their field of vision. You are casting from behind them so they "should" only ever see your leader/fly. Keep fishing up and your rod stays behind the targeted lie/fish ahead of you. Of course if you fish a very short leader your chances of swooping the rod over them is increased.
    - If you are in a trout's field of vision anything that produces a glare/flare (including a rod) can be your enemy and potentially spook them.

    So IMHO it's certainly helpful, but isn't a requirement.
    Many EN specific rods these days have a matte color or are unpainted.
    I've even gone as far as to strip the paint off blanks before.

    That said, if you don't approach with ninja-like stealth it won't matter, the fish will be long spooked already (big ones anyway).

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    Good answer-LOL CB

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    If you are tightlining, the rod passes over the fish before the fly most of the time~ Hence the popularity of matte finish blanks on euro style rods.


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    I have many years of throwing gloss at trout. Never been an issue( as far as i know) just thought being so close tightlining it is something to consider. Thank s tor the input.

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