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Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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I said on page one I think that I use a 6' Phillipson 5/6 weight. I load it w/ 6 weight and I LOVE it for brookie streams! Flick of the wrist, baby! That line shoots like gangsta! GANGSTA, SON!

Posted on: 2012/1/5 11:05


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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flyflinger7 wrote:
I use a TFO Finesse 7'9" 3wt with an Allen Alpha 3/4.



How do you like the rod?

Outsider,

I like the rod, it is my dry fly set up for small and medium sized streams. Looking to get a 8' 9" in a 5# for larger streams.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 12:36


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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If anyone is interested, I have a vintage Orvis graphite 7 ft 5 weight rod (early 70's) that I will sell or trade. This is a fast rod, weighs 1 5/8 ounces, and has a cork reel seat with sliding bands.

It is a very durable rod. If you catch a branch with your backcast, the tree would probably come down before the rod would break. You can sling heavy artillery with this rod, or use it to pole vault a small stream if you forget your waders. PM me if interested.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 15:14


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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What size reel and line should I put on my 5'9 CGR? Obviously, a medalist what number should I be looking for? Kind of silk line?

Posted on: 2012/1/5 17:37
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Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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a medalist 1492 is the smallest they only come right hand retrieve, but the line guard can be removed and the spring/pawl tweeked to make it left hand. hell, might not even have to tweek anything, can't remember if what I did to mine.
what line is the rod rated for? with glass, you can try one above or below the rating, if you can try some different wts that would be the best bet. also, WF and DT can make differences as well. I like a DT on my small stream rods, a little better for roll casting.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 17:53


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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Thanks Biker.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 17:55
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Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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What size reel and line should I put on my 5'9 CGR? Obviously, a medalist what number should I be looking for? Kind of silk line?


A rod an reel should balance, so I would suggest you use a small reel. The down side of small reels is line memory. Some guys I know buy a double tapered line and cut it in half, then fill in the reel as required with backing. Two lines for the price of one. Store the unused line in large coils to prevent memory.

Can't help you with the silk line, never used one.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 18:00


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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What size reel and line should I put on my 5'9 CGR? Obviously, a medalist what number should I be looking for? Kind of silk line?


Do you really want to mess with silk? I have a few of the Cortland Sylk lines and really like them for fiberglass and bamboo. They are thin and have low/no memory even in the cold. On this rod, a 3wt DT would likely be the best choice.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 22:21


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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The CGR is a fiberglass rod. Tis the reason I thought about going old skool.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 22:48
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Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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The CGR is a fiberglass rod. Tis the reason I thought about going old skool.

Yeah, I know. But silk is a real pain to maintain. I'm a big fan of old school and I seriously considered silk, but I have my limits.
Here is a link on the care of silk lines:
http://www.silkflylines.com/index.php?care
And from what I have read these are about the best you can find today (they will cost more than your rod):
http://www.phoenixlines.com/

Are you going with gut leaders too?

Posted on: 2012/1/5 23:23


Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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Was thinking of useing a furled leader with the hair of my wife. Lol

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Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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Got a 7'-6" 3wt on the way I'll let ya know how it works out.

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Re: Good Small Stream Rod

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6'6'' 2 wt. rainshadow rx7... throws plenty of line and I never have to roll cast as I always fish dries. As long as you can find a lane and stay in it, you're golden.

my buddy has a 5ft 1wt. and I think it's pure junk. His lefty kreigh sig. series 7'6 2wt is bullets though.

I don't always use one, but if the water is up, furled leaders spit nails for small freestoners.

I don't see how fishing with anything above a 3 wt for small streams would be fun, but this is coming from a guy who throws a 6 wt. on medium to large streams from midges to raunchy streamers; quite paradoxical. I'm a long leader guy and the 6wt. gives me more comfort in casting 10 ft. leaders.

Posted on: 2012/1/6 7:15
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steve, I do a LOT of roll casting dry flies on small streams.

Outsider, definitely interested. What you looking for ($$$ or trade?). Where you located?

Posted on: 2012/1/6 11:50



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