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    Default Rod suggestions for the Santa Fe area

    Can anyone offer suggestions as to the size of rod to use for day trips (2 to 3 drive) in the Santa Fe, NM area. I have a 9' 5 weight which I have read may be too long and heavy for the smaller streams in the area.

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    Default Re: Rod suggestions for the Santa Fe area

    I would look at a short 3-weight or 2-weight, something in the 7'-7'6" range.

    Depending on the streams you fish in the area, you may end up with open casting on a meadow stream, or hemmed in by brush. The fish are pretty small, typically 6"-8", though you will pull some larger ones out in the 12"+ range.

    Save the 9' 5-weight for your side trip to the San Juan.

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    My favorite method for small stream fish is tenkara. Just so effective. Perfect drifts, makes the small fish fun.

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    Default Re: Rod suggestions for the Santa Fe area

    Stop by “The Reel Life” fly shop while there! Great shop. Those are home waters to me and I typically use a 8’6” 4wt. Honestly if you only have a 9’ 5wt you could get by in the Pecos just fine.
    Quality Fly Fishing Reels at www.taylorflyfishing.com

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