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    Default If you could only have one fly rod?

    Hopefully, this hasn't been asked recently, but since I am new here I wanted to start a topic. A friend of mine at work is getting interested in fly fishing and asked me this question. I know it is not that easy to answer and thank goodness I don't really have to make that choice.

    After thinking about it for a minute, I would have to say a 9' 6 wt. Yeah, it might be a bit much for small mountain streams and a little under gunned for my bass fishing, but in a pinch it could handle those duties and anything in between.

    Obviously if you are a saltwater fan or a small trout stream fan your choice may be different.

    Tony

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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    If I could have only one rod (I hope that day never comes) it would most likely be my 9ft 5wt Z Axis. It is a little too much rod for tiny creeks, but other than that it will do just about anything that I ask of it. It can handle tiny dries to big nasty heavy carp flies and everything in between.

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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    For me it is also close to the Z axis. I would say my 590 One.

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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    It might also be helpful to tell us whether you are from East of the Mississippi or west of the Big River. i suspect that will make a difference.

    My choice is a 9' 6wt, although a 9'6" 6wt comes in a VERY close second. The longer rod will work better out of my tube, but might not fare so well on the little cutthroat streams. Yeah, I live out west!

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    Thumbs up Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    I have far too many ... but had to back off to one (including my 2-handers) ...

    Easy: Sage 10' 7wt XP. I'd have the bottom pulled off and an extension (easier to 'spey cast') built. Save for that? I'd even give up my "Baby Boo's."

    fae
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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    This subject comes up pretty regularly and for me I can't imagine just having one.
    I don't like to admit it to myself but I'm a bit of a collector and that's a segment of the sport that I greatly enjoy

    For my personal fishing, I'd need at least 3 rods. A 4wt, a 6wt, and an 8wt.
    But if pressed I'd give up on the 4wt first, the 6wt second, and keep the 8.

    I'm going striper fishing all next week and I know that there's a very good chance that I'll have one of my 8wts in my hand practicality the whole time and I 'spose that I'd be fine if that's all I ever used again .
    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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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    My choice would be an 8 wt 9ft Orvis Helios with Mirage reel its the .375 H&H of the fly fishing world. I've caught everyting from Bluegills to Bull Sharks with one.
    Last edited by bugslinger; 09-05-2012 at 05:50 PM. Reason: oops

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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    My 9'5" five weight. That would work on lakes, streams and spring creeks. I am not counting my spey rods for steelhead in this. That is just not realistic!

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    Default Re: If you could only have one fly rod?

    For now its my Sage GFL Graphite III. Its a 2 piece 5 wt 7'6" . I love the vintage thing. I think its from the 90's sometime. Very nice rod. I have only fished an old Mitchell, then a Fenwick Black Hawk, to now the vintage Sage via my Dad. A very humble history. I have since picked up a 2 piece St. Croix Imperial 4 wt 7'6". It very nice too.

    The Sage is perfect for streams and rivers around my parts. Although I would love to test its limits someday with a lunker or two that I know are hangin around but are beyond my skill level for now.

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    Considering I do a fair bit of Atlantic Salmon & Sea Trout, I would try to choose between my 796 Sage One or 8100 Sage One. The 8100 does a little better job with the riffle hitch. But I have to say this is a question no flyfisherman wants to answer

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