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Thread: Looking for a new fly rod...

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    middle Tennessee

    Default Re: Looking for a new fly rod...

    You indicated that your current rod seems too long for your fishing conditions. I fish small creeks with brushy banks and lots of overhanging limbs. I have gone to a 2wt 6' rod for panfish and bass and some other warmwater fish. I fish small poppers, spiders, wetflies, and streamers including clousers with small lead eyes but mostly beadchain eyes. My 6 footer fishes much better than my 8.5 foot 5wt in these creeks. I was always hung in the trees. I am not an outstanding caster but can still cast up to 50' with little trouble and 40' is effortless. I really like the 6' 2wt TFO and use it 100% of the time except in the salt. If you want to throw big flies to bass get a 7wt or bigger. There is no such thing as a one rod to do it all. A 5wt is a good average rod. For panfish I would not recommend anything heavier than a 5wt. unless you like backcasting bluegill. Just my thoughts.

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  3. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Songtan, Korea

    Default Re: Looking for a new fly rod...

    I have a 6wt, and it hardly gets used. My 9wt hasn't been used in several years. Either the 2wt or 3wt...those a my favorites.

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    I'm in the same boat cjam93. Recently fished a spring creek with some choked up areas (high banks, overgrown on the sides, some areas with overhanging trees). The 9' felt like it was too long. But after a day of fishing with a 7'6" I was wanting back everything I lost (distance, height on the backcast over the banks/water, control over the brush, line control on the water...)

    What I gained for getting into those few tight areas, was nothing compared to the grief I got fishing the rest of the 70% . Some holes were too far and I don't like wading out to reach them—I'm just not that graceful or tall! Turns out, simply re-thinking how I approached the cast and position got me into those tight spots with the 9. Although I was able to make my 9' work, I still find myself thinking of getting an 8 or 8'6 (other than my 3wt) in a 4 or 5wt.

    That 4 should be okay for bass. Like others have said you can throw larger flies (to a certain point) with a more stout leader (bass don't seem that picky about presentation). But for me the key is getting it where it needs to be and sometimes getting a good clean drift on some flies. I go after most of my bass from a kayak so a 9' is key to keeping line off the water on back casts.

    Well, don't let me be the first guy to talk you out of a new rod. Sure you can make the 9 work. And you can make the 8' 4wt work. As for the 8'6" or an 8', most folks told me to go with the extra length for all the reasons above.
    "...all snobbery is defensive..and as important as fishing seems, the most important thing about it is, it's just fishing."

    -- John Gierach


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  5. Default Re: Looking for a new fly rod...

    I was in the same boat as you. I ended up going to the Orvis Store in Sevierville while I was on vacation just to look around. Spent a little time talking to one of the sales guys and he took me outside and let me cast. I ended up bringing home Clearwater 8ft 6in 5wt. I love it. To me it was worth the extra money I spent over some others I had looked at simply because I got to try it out and got some one-on-one casting instruction. Might be something to look at.

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