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  1. Default Does anyone use ultralight fly tackle?

    Here's several slideshows of my ultralight use this past season on local (southern NJ) lakes.
    Just wondering if anyone else here uses Ultralight (0 wt. to 3 wt.) fly tackle....

    Click on picture to start show....

    This is a 1wt. and 3wt.
    [ame]http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v116/jsentell/?action=view&current=10bce52e.pbw[/ame]

    This is a 2wt.
    [ame]http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v116/jsentell/?action=view&current=c12c767e.pbw[/ame]

    This is a 3wt. from a kayak.
    [ame]http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v116/jsentell/?action=view&current=a6753d09.pbw[/ame]

    and, finally, this is a 1wt.
    [ame]http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v116/jsentell/?action=view&current=0201fc08.pbw[/ame]


    Thanks for looking, Jim

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    I use a 6'6" 3wt. cane rod with a Featherweight reel for trout in my favorite small creeks. The fish seldom exceed 12" but last fall a colored up silver grabbed my streamer fly and that led to quite a situation. I managed to drag him in, got my fly back, and he swam away no worse for the experience.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use ultralight fly tackle?

    I sometimes use my 10ft with a #3 and my Scott 955 with a dt3 silk line,I've just bought a dt2 but haven't tested it yet on my bamboo rod...Fast water specialists often use 10 or 11 ft rods with very thin parallel silk lines.

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    I have an old Sage 8' 9" 3 wt rod that I use in a couple of our good bluegill lakes in the late spring. When the ants are flying, the big ones will come up for them and put up a great fight. I find it to be fast and furious fun!!

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    I have 6' 2 wt Hardy rod I like for brookies. It also works great for bluegills. I put a Galvan Standard 2.5 on it. The whole thing weighs about 5 1/2-6 oz.

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    I also have a Superfine Trout Bum 1 wt.
    The UL full bend rod makes every fishing experience wonderful.
    Now when I pick up my 3wt, I think it's too heavy and quickly go back to my 1wt.
    I'm hooked! I don't like heavy tackle anymore.

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    I always thought a 7'6" 4wt was ultralight, but I've been looking at a St. Croix
    7'9" 3wt (on sale).

    I tend to pick a rod that I stick with all year. This year, 95% of my fishing
    was done with a 8'6" 4wt. Last year it was a 8'6" 5wt.My wife used a 9' 6wt
    most of the year, and the winds on the lake have led me to use the more stout rod these past couple
    weeks.

    If I only fish the 8'6" 4wt for a few hours, switching to the 9' 6wt feels like
    I'm swinging a telephone pole! After swinging the bigger rod for a while, it
    begins to feel fine. I've been thinking lately that if I could only have one rod,
    it might be a 9' 6wt, with a moderate-fast action. Even little bluegill can be
    fun to catch with the rod, and it'll blast through a stiff breeze. I fished the
    lake mentioned above a couple days ago, and the wind was in my face the
    entire afternoon. I kind of pride myself on being able to cast into the wind,
    but the 6wt made the day a lot more enjoyable .

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    I use a 7'6" 2wt almost exclusively for bluegills. It's a hoot. It's my "pond" rig. I have a 7' 3wt that I need a line for. That will be my small stream trout rod.

    I've never used a 1wt. If I bring another rod into the house, I might be sleeping with the pooch...and that cage is not real big....
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    Default Re: Does anyone use ultralight fly tackle?

    Here's a thought; whether you are casting a 7wt or a one wt, if you are fishing a 6 or 7X tippet you are using ultra light tackle. I have landed some very nice char while using my 7wt rod. When I encounter substantial surface action I switch leaders, re-dress the line and tie on a dry fly. Once the fish is hooked to that gossamer tippet I'm an ultra light fisherman.

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    Default Re: Does anyone use ultralight fly tackle?

    I have a 5'2", 6', and a 6'6" rods in 2 and 3wts. I also use 9x,10x, 12x tippet some days. Light enough ??
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