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Re: small stream fishing

2006/9/13 18:28
From chester ct
Posts: 269
I have a mess of petite sticks in graphite(s), glass, bamboo and boron. The substrate dictates the general feel and utility of the rod, despite large taper design differences. But I'm with pcray, PennKev, Sasq and Chooch on what to use on those small headwaters. Glass comes in 2 flavors: E and S. The E's are more robust and cheaper, and the old Fenwick 605 is a standard. My Scott glasses are more finesse instruments, for midging and Trikes. The E's work better if you are chucking fluffy dries, Muddlers and streamers. That said, my Cabela's 6' 4-5 wt is pretty good (I find the whole line very uneven, with some kind of clunky). Sometime I'm getting the Eagle Claw, since my first fly rod in the '50s was a Sweetheart.

I use my 1, 2 and 3wts for finesse situations, not so much in small stream plunking. But if you are hung on a 2wt for that, go graphite. Bamboo and glass are a lot of work for that situation.



Posted on: 2013/6/9 13:13

Re: small stream fishing
2006/9/11 8:26
From Chester County
Posts: 2835
There ya go!....Les has spoken. He is a boo-glass-plastic guy that gives an unbiased opinion on the features and bennies of all three.

A good boo rod is really nice to cast, but not practical in longer lengths (heavy) and is likely very expensive.

The older fiberglass rods are like a spaghetti noodle (not even al dente) and again heavy in longer lengths.

The new glass are great for delicate midging situations, as Les pointed out, and not really the right tool for nymphing.

Since the OP name is "nympher" I'm guessing he nymphs. I like to use the longest rod possible in the streams I'm fishing.

For nymphing (as well as dries) I would look a plastic (graphite) and decide which length is best. Also, going lighter than a 3wt would really limit your fishing. Maybe a longish (8' +/-) 3wt. You can even play with a 4wt line on it for really short casting.

As always, cast the rod before buying, and if possible, borrow one to actually fish with.

Good luck.

Posted on: 2013/6/10 7:25

Re: small stream fishing

2009/6/5 14:47
From SW PA/Tioga
Posts: 0

I use a Hardy FlyWeight on my 2wt rods. I would look very nice on that F2, but I also would not recommend that rod as a small stream brookie rod.

Posted on: 2013/6/10 8:52

Re: small stream fishing

2010/6/9 12:35
From down the block from the Letort.
Posts: 427
nympher, if you haven't figured it out yet, everybody's an expert about these things. If fishing a 2wt for brookies or small wild browns makes you happy, then by all means, do so. There are so many ways to skin that cat and there is no 'right' way. I'll fish for 'em with either a 2, 3 or 4 wt cane, in lengths from 5' up to 8' and always with a smile on my face.

Buy the Scott F2, enjoy the heck out of it and I'll second shortrod's advice...find a nice little Hardy to hang off that classy stick.

Posted on: 2013/6/10 17:45

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