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    What makes the perfect Redfish outfit? A rod that can lift? or a rod that is accurate? Can that same rod work as a flats rod for Bones and Permit? 8 or 9 weight? I am leaning towards 8 but I can be flexible.

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    Perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

    7 or 8wt can work for Reds and Bones.

    8 or 9wt can work for Reds, Bones and Permit.

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    An 8 or a 9 can work just about any day, windy or not. But I hear even ten weights are popular in Louisiana with those big bull reds that are frequently taken over there.

    I like to have 2 or 3 set ups with me when I venture out. One as a short/mid range accuracy set up and one as a wind rod. My accuracy rod for the moment is a 7/8 CGR. My wind rod is an 8/9 G.Loomis Short Stix. I know either one can turn a good redfish with an appropriate tippet and hook.

    Redfish are definitely a powerful fish. I’ve lost good fish when I’ve responded too late and the fish has run into the reef to be cut off in the razor sharp shell. But if there’s no hazards like reefs around, they will only run so far and constant pressure from a 7 or 8 weight will tire them out.

    I have fought 30 plus pound redfish on conventional tackle but not fly rods. A ten weight would be better for those fish than a seven.

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    I may never get back to the salt and fish for Reds with a fly rod but I keep thinking of my trips to the Everglades fishing for Reds and Snook with shrimp and want to get back south to try for them with a fly rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownbass View Post
    I may never get back to the salt and fish for Reds with a fly rod but I keep thinking of my trips to the Everglades fishing for Reds and Snook with shrimp and want to get back south to try for them with a fly rod.

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    Yes, I don't know what everglade fishing is like for redfish. A short, heavy lifting type of set up might be ideal for laying shrimp or crab imitations into mangrove cover. I've wanted to try out the Echo BAG quickshot. Short Glass is really good for touchy cover work and pulling fish out of it.

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    The short answer is "it depends". for slot reds on flats I like an eight, but I have used sixes when the wind isn't up. My favorite rod is a Sage TCX in 8 wt but this winter I used a 7 wt Sage One and caught plenty of reds to 10 lbs. We have a fishery here for bulls in deeper water from 20-50" deep. The reds spend most of their time near the bottom but often come to the surface to feed on "red minnows", a type of anchovy. This is territory for a 10 wt with lifting power and an 11 or 12 isn't out of place as large jacks and occasionally tarpon will feed with the reds

    BTW, I have too many rods now and no plans to get anymore soon, but if I were in the market I would seriously consider the Echo that Karstopo mentioned above.
    Last edited by deceiverbob; 04-12-2018 at 05:10 PM. Reason: added thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by karstopo View Post
    Yes, I don't know what everglade fishing is like for redfish. A short, heavy lifting type of set up might be ideal for laying shrimp or crab imitations into mangrove cover. I've wanted to try out the Echo BAG quickshot. Short Glass is really good for touchy cover work and pulling fish out of it.

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    Thanks, Karstopo, I hadn't even considered a glass rod for this type of fishing but it does make sense, I will have to try out some glass rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownbass View Post
    Thanks, Karstopo, I hadn't even considered a glass rod for this type of fishing but it does make sense, I will have to try out some glass rods.
    I do a fair amount of fishing in the Everglades for Redfish and Snook. My concern about a glass rod for this type of fishing would be the extra weight. If you spend a lot of time blind casting along mangrove shorelines, a heavier glass rod will be tiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driftless22 View Post
    I do a fair amount of fishing in the Everglades for Redfish and Snook. My concern about a glass rod for this type of fishing would be the extra weight. If you spend a lot of time blind casting along mangrove shorelines, a heavier glass rod will be tiring.
    I think the rods Karstopo is referring to is a shorter and lighter glass than the BAG rods 8 foot instead of the 9 footer. The BAG's I tried in the past the 9 foot are way heavier. I have just won an Echo ION XL in an 8 wt at a rod and reel Expo at Feather-Craft. I already have a Redington Behemoth and will pair it with a Rio Outbound Short floating line. I will use this for Bass and bigger streamers for trout and if I get the chance take it to Florida for a try at some Reds.

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    This was a Biscayne Bay red on an 8wt Xi3 against the mangroves and kept him from going in so at least an Xi3 has enough guts in the but for larger redsmutantbiscayne.jpg

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