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Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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Wildfish...check your PM's.

Posted on: 2010/1/12 9:54


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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Thanks guys,
Not so sure about building my own rods at this point--I just started tying. The last thing I need right now is another spin-off hobby...

Posted on: 2010/1/12 11:47


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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Has anyone else tried the croix imperials? Over-lining a 3 weight might be a great option...

That or over-lining the vantage. Anyone with experience?

Posted on: 2010/1/14 17:39


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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I have an imperial 6-7wt 4 piece. nice rod, I use it for bass. st croix makes good rods for the money in my opinion.

Posted on: 2010/1/15 10:52


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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I use forcast for 90% of our rods, The 6' 2wt. is a great small stream rod. 150.00 custom made.. also have a 7' 4wt for 175.00

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Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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I have an old orvis golden eagle 6' glass rod , it was the first one i ever built , out of a kit orvis used to sell , it's still alot of fun to fish with but being someone who like to fish ninja style for brookies myself , over the years i've gravitated to the longer rod for this type of fishing (dry flies up in the thick hemlock and laurel) WARNING!!!! Not for the weak of heart. A 9' rod lets you have an 18' - 20' cast with just the rod and rod length of line and leader........NINJA!!!!......a bow and arrow cast in under an old hemlock tree roots or what i call a surfer cast , let the fly drag on the surface , like a surfer , downstream of you , with the rod pointing downstream along with a rod length of line and leader look at your target and FLICK upstream to where you think the trout is......it's important that right after making sure that everything is "surfing" ok , look at your upstream taget , aim and FLICK , if you point your rod tip right at target it helps , this cast works with dry or wet flies , in places where room is limited...........HAVE A BLAST!!!!

Posted on: 2010/1/17 6:16


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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Nice technique. I'll have to give surfer style a try. I often use a bow and arrow cast from behind/around a tree, basically hugging the tree with one arm on either side to avoid being seen. I call it crouching tiger hidden brook trout...

Posted on: 2010/1/17 13:12


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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my opinion is go with a tfo, you can get a lefty kreh model for 150ish?... plus, they have lifetime guarantees on them, so you really cant go wrong with them.

Posted on: 2010/2/1 19:23


Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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I have anarsenel of small stream rods
-6.5 foot 2wt. (batson blank)
-6 ft. 3wt. (sevier blank)
-7 ft. 5wt. featherlight (fiberglass)
- 7.5 4wt. Redington CPS

And I always go with the 6.5 ft. 2 wt. You dont really have to worry about the rod load on small creeks your manly roll castin or just chuckin it in there. My advice is find a rod action that compliments your casting stroke and load it with a good double tapper line.

Posted on: 2010/2/6 2:29
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Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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I'm thinking about going with the Tfo finesse 7'3" 2 weight. Might want to check that out if it isn't out of your range.

I like my Tfo 7'9" 4 weight and figured the 2 weight would be great for smaller trout and redeyes.

I might get one myself, I need new waders first though.

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Re: Small stream rod on a budget

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Not sure if you got your rod yet, but check out the elkhorn Western Series...i have the 7'6" 3 weight. love it! makes great delicate casts and can boom out 60 plus feet of line if need be. Also lifetime guarantee.

http://www.elkhornflyrodandreel.com/flyrods/western.cfm

Posted on: 2010/2/7 7:54



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