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Old 08-13-2012, 07:54 PM
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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!


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Old 08-13-2012, 10:06 PM
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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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Old 08-14-2012, 12:57 AM
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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.
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
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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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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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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.

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