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  1. #11

    Default Re: 6-7 or 7-8 Weight Rod...

    If you toss the big bass bugs, an 8wt may be necessary. To catch a larger bass, a 7/8 wt is the lowest I would go, if you are targeting them. I find an 8wt too heavy after a couple of hours, and it gives me a back ache. I wish I had known this previously. I will have to get a 7wt, and HOPE I can toss the bigger bass bugs with it. If not I will just have to use the 8wt,but only for a short time. I have a 5wt, and it gives me no trouble. My 5wt is a Dogwood Canyon, the 8wt is a Redington Crosswater.
    As long as I get a bite, I don't want to leave!

  2. #12

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    I use a 9' 5wt or 8' 6wt and have no problem with the weeds.
    With wind, the 6wt is better.
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  3. Default Re: 6-7 or 7-8 Weight Rod...

    Quote Originally Posted by tranquilidad View Post
    I am looking at getting into fly fishing for largemouth bass... Which weight range rod/reel would you guys prefer: 6-7 wt. or 7-8 wt.? Also what length should I go with, 8 1/2 or 9 ft.

    Thanks, Paul.
    I have both 6 & 8 wt rods, but prefer my 6 wt for bass. I live in Oregon and haven't run into any bass that my 6 wt can't handle. My 6 wt is a Sage RPL which is a fast action rod and has lots of back bone.

  4. #14

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    For a good budget reel, look at the Hobbs Creek reels from Bass Pro. I have one on my 4/5 wt and on my 6wt. The 6wt is loaded with 7wt line to throw those big flies. The Hobbs gets the job don with small cost, $40 last time I looked.

  5. #15

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    I have a Hobb's Creek reel for my Dogwood Canyon 5wt. I like it. It was about 40-43 bucks or so when I bought it.
    Kelly


    Quote Originally Posted by BadKarma View Post
    For a good budget reel, look at the Hobbs Creek reels from Bass Pro. I have one on my 4/5 wt and on my 6wt. The 6wt is loaded with 7wt line to throw those big flies. The Hobbs gets the job don with small cost, $40 last time I looked.
    As long as I get a bite, I don't want to leave!

  6. Default Re: 6-7 or 7-8 Weight Rod...

    I live near Nashville and fish Old Hickory, Percy Priest, and the Harpeth River for bass a lot.

    I have a 9' 7 wt Orvis rod that also handles 8 wt line quite well, especially for the shorter distances you often use for bass. (You can get quite close in a boat if you're quiet.)

    I also have a 8.5 ft 7 weight Bass Pro Hobbs Creek I picked up for real cheap. The shorter rod is a lot lighter than the Orvis. I find that the Orvis casts the bass bugs and topwater flies better, and I use the shorter rod for streamers. MOST of my bass are caught on the streamers. I usually drift along the shore in the spring and cast a streamer on sink-tip line, along drop offs, tree tops laying in the water, etc. Then I switch to the topwater rod when I see particularly good spots tight to the shore, or a weedbed too thick for the streamer, etc.

    I've always wanted to hit Reelfoot with a flyrod. From the pics I've seen and the stuff I've read, I'd bet a stout rod with a floating bug on 8 or 10 lb leader would be the ticket for pulling big bass and bluegills from the trees. Drop me a line and we'll meet up and catch some!
    Jakeway Near Nashville, TN

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  7. Default Re: 6-7 or 7-8 Weight Rod...

    I just read through the 8 wt rod shootout. The Reddington CPS did very well, and costs $250. Cabelas had them at 1/2 price. Don't know if they have 8 wt but, it may be worth checking out. There's a link to the test in a thread on the general discussion forum.

  8. #18

    Default Re: Pop up canopy

    Quote Originally Posted by darcysiva View Post
    I like to use all sorts of rods. All I need is a few rods and my Pop up canopy to shade me from the hot sun and im all set. I have some websites on this if you are interested. Good luck on your next fishing trip!
    Darcysiva, are you fishing or pushing pop up canopies? Two posts and you are mentioning the "pop up canopies" in both. Look at this website, it's fly fishing. I'm having a hard time picturing myself casting a 9' fly rod under a pop up canopy, let alone having to pack one while I'm on a river.
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  9. #19
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    Good call there Mojo.

    Frank

  10. Default Re: 6-7 or 7-8 Weight Rod...

    I had one of these built.
    Blanks | Lamiglas
    It is rated 7/8 wt. with a 7 wt. line it is a nice fast action rod. With an 8 wt GPX line it turns into a med/fast progressive action that cast like a dream.
    I can throw some big stuff with this rod and it is very forgiving with the GPX.
    With ultra-4 8wt line is is just a sweet stick. One of my nicer casting rods.
    Not to add any spam to this site but I can direct you to a builder that will
    craft a rod to your specs and is not over priced.
    I only have one factry rod and the rest were custom and that is the way to go, IMHO. A custom for less than a factory.
    PM me if you need any info on my builder.
    He is building me a 10"8' switch soon.

    Brian

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