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    I am new to flyfishing, so i am trying to learn some of the basics to it.

    My wife bought me a pfleuger medalist 8 ft 3 pc 5/6 wt combo last year for my birthday and i feel like it did okay(i know nothing else)lol. But I find that it will not throw my bass poppers very well, it throws the small ones decent but anything that is very wind resistant it drastically cuts my casting distance!

    I was thinking about getting a new set up but I am very limited to what i can spend. Any suggestions?

    Should i upgrade to a heavier weighted set up for poppers? I was using wf5f hobbs creek flyline.

    the main reason i fish poppers if bc it is the only thing i have ever done with my flyline so i would love to try other tackle as well!


    Thanks in advance!

    Daniel

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    i am still learning myself but i can tell you that my new TFO hawleg 8wt. makes throwing the biggest bass bugs easy! i can throw deer hair poppers as big as #4 with my 5wt. but not very accurately and it takes alot of work. i would definitely suggest looking at an 8wt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmbailes View Post
    i am still learning myself but i can tell you that my new TFO hawleg 8wt. makes throwing the biggest bass bugs easy! i can throw deer hair poppers as big as #4 with my 5wt. but not very accurately and it takes alot of work. i would definitely suggest looking at an 8wt.
    Thanks for the reply. I read that an 8 wt was ideal for poppers and such.
    Hopefully I can get a new one soon!

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    I agree that you'd be happier throwing bass poppers with an 8wt. While I usually carry a couple of different rods in my canoe, that's what I use most of the time myself.

    As for your medalist rod, I think you'll find that you'd be much, much better off if you went to a 6wt line rather the WF5F that you are currently using.
    That that simple modification will solve a great deal of your casting problems
    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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    I agree with Rip Tide on the 8wt but it does very much depend on the size poppers you are throwing. Smaller poppers can be easily thrown with a 6wt. I cast some up to 1/2" in dia with a TFO 2wt thought that size is pushing it. 3/8" cast fairly well on my 2wt. Larger poppers and hair bugs do require a heavier rod.

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    A 6wt can cast nearly anything if you use a heavy enough line.

    We have 4 cats and they like to play "casting for kitties"
    I have this cheap 6wt rod from W*lmart strung up with an old cracked 8wt line that I keep strung up on the back porch.
    For a "fly" I tie up a big wad of colorful buck tail and **** hackle feathers.
    This "fly" isn't quite fist sized but it's easily as large as a small bird... the equivalent (in size, if not in weight) of maybe a 4/0
    With the 6wt rod and the 8wt line I can cast this "fly" about 50'-55' feet before the cheap rod collapses from the weight of the line.
    The cats love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by ditz View Post
    I agree with Rip Tide on the 8wt but it does very much depend on the size poppers you are throwing. Smaller poppers can be easily thrown with a 6wt. I cast some up to 1/2" in dia with a TFO 2wt thought that size is pushing it. 3/8" cast fairly well on my 2wt. Larger poppers and hair bugs do require a heavier rod.
    would you say go with a 8' or 9' rod if your main desire is getting more distance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    We have 4 cats and they like to play "casting for kitties". For a "fly" I tie up a big wad of colorful buck tail and **** hackle feathers. This "fly" isn't quite fist sized but it's easily as large as a small bird... the equivalent (in size, if not in weight) of maybe a 4/0. With the 6wt rod and the 8wt line I can cast this "fly" about 50'-55' feet before the cheap rod collapses from the weight of the line. The cats love it
    Gotta love this! Maybe someday you could post a video.

    RVC

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