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Recommendation on a New Outfit

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Hi, I'm new to both your forum and to NE PA fishing! I'm really looking forward to fishing the small brookie streams and I'd like to get a outfit for it. I've currently got a Sage XP 9'5wt and a Sage VT2 9'4wt. I'm thinking of something in the 6.6 to 7.6' range in a 3wt. I'd like to spend no more than $500 on both rod and reel. What rod/reel combo would you put together if you were to do so today?

Thanks!

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Re: Recommendation on a New Outfit

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St crix avid and echo carbon seem to be very popular.rods at a modest price point. I believe they both make 2 &3 weights in the 7-7 1/2 foot range. A nice old hardy flyweight would make a sweet little set up. Are you open to a used rod? You might find and old sage LL series for cheap.

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Re: Recommendation on a New Outfit

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Sage VT2 9'4wt.

learn to use this. wish it was 8' for "tiny brook trout omg, omg, omg" however under 4wt you are generally under gunned. again, your Sage VT2 9'4wt is fine.

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Kinger, check your PM's

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Re: Recommendation on a New Outfit

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Well, as jdaddy says, it'll work. It's a little long to be ideal, but it'll work. If you were only going to do the brookie thing on occasion, I'd agree with him.

If you're going to be doing it alot, it makes sense to get a specialized tool for the job. Personally, I do like heavier weight lines, a 7'6" 5 wt would be perfect but can be hard to find. Many who think like me end up with 4 wts, and overline em a bit. Others like 2 and 3 wts.

I've only heard good things about the echo carbon, but never tried one. I use a Cortland GRX, 7'6" 4/5 wt, and love that, but I don't think they make it anymore. Pretty much everyone makes 3 and 4 wts in the 7-8' range, so it really depends on what you're looking for in action. I like hand cannons, and going that route, St. Croix Imperials are very nice rods, they make a 7' 3 wt and a 7'6" 4 wt and either would run you a touch over $200.

For brookie work, don't hesitate to really skimp on the reel. It's gotta balance the rod, and thats IT. Drag isn't really coming in to play, and you're gonna bang this thing around on rocks and such.

Posted on: 2013/3/14 23:23


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I use a 6'6" 3wt as my brookie rod. As pcray said, 'in different words', different strokes for different folks. My rod was custom built by mike creek rods. Skip is the man! He hooked me up with a complete custom bookie rod for well under 200$ I put a lamson velocity 1.5 on it. Lets just say ( • )( • )s

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Personally, I do like heavier weight lines, a 7'6" 5 wt would be perfect.


Going that route, absolutely. Small brookie stream or technical waters such as Letort Spring Run, you have arrived.

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i appreciate what you did there.

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i appreciate what you did there.


Owl Eyes?

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nooo owl eyes glow

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And I use a 3 wt for almost everything. Even the Leturt.

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nooo owl eyes glow

Like bio-luminescence? Pcray is that true?

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Re: Recommendation on a New Outfit

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I don't think so. I don't know of ANY animals with bio-luminescent eyes. Not saying they don't exist, I'm sure there's some deep sea creature or something.

Many animals with excellent night vision have highly reflective eyes when you shine a light on em. They have some layer which selectively screens incoming wavelengths. They see only the wavelengths which pass, you see the reflected ones. It makes day vision poorer, and night vision better.

But it's reflected light, not mkaing it's own.

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Re: Recommendation on a New Outfit

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I do a lot of sml stream fishing and have too many rods for it. They just kind of multiplied over the years. If you're looking for a used one PM me.

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Re: Recommendation on a New Outfit

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Cabela's has a large selection of combos that include line. Here's the link:

Fly-Fishing Rod & Reel Combos

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