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    Default Wife's first rod

    Ladies,
    Are there any differences in recommendation for a beginning rod size for women vs men? Do any of you think a lighter (4 wt) or shorter rod (7'6"+) would be better to start with than a 9' 5wt?


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    Default Re: Wife's first rod

    The diameter of the grip might make a difference. Small grips for small hands.
    I doubt anything else matters all that much
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    I know you are a beginner so you don't have many rods.

    However, I would NOT buy your wife a rod that is shorter OR lighter in line weight IF it will compromise her fishing success. Unless you are going to fish the smaller waters in Montana, I would not go shorter than 9 feet and lighter than a 5 wt. Going shorter and lighter should be the last resort. I would try her with a 9 ft 5 wt and I think most ladies should be able to handle it.

    Read this about an 11 yo child that just won a place on the USA female fly casting team and finished 4th at the Nationals. Certainly, your wife is stronger than her.

    SF 11-year-old makes fly-casting history - Tom Stienstra's Outdoors

    Maxine McCormick, 11, Places 4th in U.S. National Casting Championship

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yzY3pJt9Ss[/ame]
    Regards,

    Silver



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    I just have to comment on that video.
    Either Vern Glenn is an idiot ... or whoever tried to teach him how to cast was.
    SOMEONE should have corrected that numb-skull casting method he was allowed to do ... flailing that rod like is was a fly swatter. Hell, I don't even cast a conventional rig like that.

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    Default Re: Wife's first rod

    Quote Originally Posted by silver creek View Post
    I know you are a beginner so you don't have many rods.

    However, I would NOT buy your wife a rod that is shorter OR lighter in line weight IF it will compromise her fishing success. Unless you are going to fish the smaller waters in Montana, I would not go shorter than 9 feet and lighter than a 5 wt. Going shorter and lighter should be the last resort. I would try her with a 9 ft 5 wt and I think most ladies should be able to handle it.

    Read this about an 11 yo child that just won a place on the USA female fly casting team and finished 4th at the Nationals. Certainly, your wife is stronger than her.

    SF 11-year-old makes fly-casting history - Tom Stienstra's Outdoors

    Maxine McCormick, 11, Places 4th in U.S. National Casting Championship

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yzY3pJt9Ss

    That the kind of input I was looking for. Thanks.


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    Default Re: Wife's first rod

    G.G finds most grips too big. From what we've seen, a "women's rod" is a regular rod painted pink, pi$$es her off. So just get one with an action she likes.

    If the grip is too big, you can sand it down, or have a rod builder type do it for you.

    CAB

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    In my wife's experience, she preferred a lighter weight, well balanced* rod, versus one with just a smaller diameter grip. She's not particularly strong, so
    is using some tiny hand/wrist/forearm muscles she's never used before.
    Having a light, well-balanced* rod is making it a less fatiguing, painful
    introduction to the sport and therefore more enjoyable. For the rod size, she
    got a 8'6" 5wt. Went 8'6" vs 9' mostly for the weight reduction.

    * Balance, for her, with rod in hand, able to balance where her forefinger rested.
    Not fighting a tip heavy rod means less fatigue/strain, which means more fun.

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    Having gotten my wife into this about 5 years ago (and she's still doing it!) my suggestion is to get a decent rod for her. I had some good rods and a couple cheapo rods (like Redington crosswater) and I had her start on that. She was struggling and then tried some of our other rods and she picked it up pretty quick from there. We eventually found that a 4 wt 8.5' st Croix imperial (the newer $200 version) suits her perfectly. She has since fallen in love with a Scott G2, but she would have been fine with that imperial forever.

    You don't have to spend $800, but try a few and get one that is smooth and easy casting.

    On another note, I love to watch my wife cast. Something about the girl I love throwing a really good loop.

    You only have one chance to get her really interested in the sport. Do it right and hopefully she sticks with it. I was uneasy about having her get into this with me as I thought it would take away from my enjoyment, but going together has augmented my enjoyment of fishing and has been great for our relationship.

    Good Luck!


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    Scott Fly Rods has a ladies version of the A4, and someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe a ladies version also in the Radian.
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    My wife started years ago with a pretty good rod.... 9' 5 wt. Now, really, she is a farm girl and could shoot a 45 lb bow no sweat so weight was not a problem. I got her started and she did the rest.

    She now fishes Winston GVX and B II x rods and does quite well with everything from a 9' 4 wt up through and 8 wt.

    I think the important thing is not to push the learning curve. Give her a chance to play with some rods and then make decisions on first rod purchase via her input. She likely will have a feel for it even if she does not know exactly what she is feeling.

    If you are in Cut Bank I assume you will be fishing some pretty fair water. I would suggest you look at a 5 wt in 8'6" or 9" to start with and as others have said if the grip is too big, sand it down.

    Good luck. I love it that my wife fishes and hunts with me....
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