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    Default 7 or 8 wt

    I'm looking to get a streamer/lake only rod.

    I'm considering the St. Croix Imperial. Any opinions on this rod?

    I'm leaning towards a 7wt except I'm planning on fishing Pyramid Lake NV from shore and it gets quite windy often.

    Would an 8wt cast much better in the wind than a 7? Are the 8 benefits worth the loss of sensitivity over a 7 ?

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    Default Re: 7 or 8 wt

    Fly size has more impact on casting into wind than rod weight. Difference in rods is in strength and casting characteristics. A seven weight rod is like a blend of 6 & 8w's. Almost as strong as 8. Yet casts more like a 6. Sensitivity difference ?.......... mmmm...... nil.

    ........ pc

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    I'd get an 8wt for Pyramid and a 7wt for everything else.

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    For Pyramid I fish a 9' 8wt TFO BVK.

    I have considered getting a 9'6" or 10' rod to help get the line up easier and to get a few more feet on a cast. But, the BVK responds well to a haul and it works fine for the few times I get up there each year.

    Besides, I already have three lines dialed in on the rod I have now. One is a floating long belly, one is a a weight forward shooting head with integrated running line that I usually fish with a 10' or shorter sink tip and the third has a long integrated sink tip (its around 20-22' long).

    Regards,

    Tim C.

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    Could you make do with a 7 wt at pyramid?

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    Yes a 7wt would be a fine rod for Pyramid.

    I did a quick search for you and there is a nice read on gear here...

    Gear | Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing

    Regards,

    Tim C.

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    Tim
    Do you see many anglers use switch rods at Pyramid?
    Larry


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    Larry,

    I only go a couple of times a year and as I do on rivers I try to stay away from other anglers. So I would not be the best judge on this. I do see more two handed casters than years past but I can't tell you if they are actually using switch or spey rods from that distance.

    Regards,

    Tim C.

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    Tim
    Thanks! I would think a switch rod would be able to cast into that wind much better then a single hand rod, but maybe managing the line while on a ladder might be a hassle.
    Larry


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Tim
    Thanks! I would think a switch rod would be able to cast into that wind much better then a single hand rod, but maybe managing the line while on a ladder might be a hassle.
    Do you make the trip from WY?

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