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Re: Buyers remorse

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As mentioned before....learn to use your rod and understand what it is capable of doing. I've seen shows where the gent brought in a large fish with 4 lb test. So one of the things you need to determine is whether your there for the fight or just to catch. It is never your choice of fish size, and you will have to work the fish or lose it. Being better prepared by knowing your equipment will make the fishing adventure all the better. I lost all 5 salmon that I had on at Salmon river this last fall. I believe three things were my downfall. A. I didn't use my 8wt rod enough times to understand what it is capable of doing for me. B. I didn't know how to tiring them out. C. I was there for the catch and not the fight. (in that order) Yes, I believe my lack of confidence in my equipment was the number 1 reason why I was not successful.
Going south does not mean only saltwater fishing....some of the best bass fishing in America is down south. If your 6wt is collecting dust it is your fault and nobody's elses.


Posted on: 2013/2/25 19:30
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Re: Buyers remorse

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what do you mean south? south as in Florida or just a little closer to the shore?

Posted on: 2013/2/25 23:42


Re: Buyers remorse

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South as in South Carolina. As someone who really is just starting out, I guess I just need to relax and fish. Everything else will come.

Posted on: 2013/2/26 8:04


Re: Buyers remorse

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don't relax. its an addiction and you have it. like many of use on the forum. just think and ask question and I think you will be able to get an answer. if you have money you can spend then go get some gear but think and do research before you get it. probably good with an 8 wt for south Carolina reds.

Posted on: 2013/2/26 23:53


Re: Buyers remorse

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http://www.risenfly.com/collections/f ... /products/anakim-fly-reel

One of our sponsors offers a totally waterproof reel in the larger sizes you are looking for. You did not ask about a reel but i thought this would fit perfectly for you SW outfit.

I have a 9' 5 weight for trout, but just purchased a 4wt reel and will be purchasing a 10' 4 wt rod as well. I know that the 4wt is close to the 5 weight but for the style of fishing i am moving toward the 9' 5 weight is just not touchy enough for me, however it is great for chucking larger heavier flies. If i am going to be nymphing i will be using the 10' (longer) 4 wt (lighter and touchier rod) if i will be using streamers and such i will use the 9' 5wt (shorter faster action) to get the results I want. I think often times the rod will suit your style of fishing. Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 10:41
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Re: Buyers remorse

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Thank you. I had some Bass Pro gift cards and wanted to buy something new. I ended up with the TFO Pro 2 6wt because I want to fish with it for Bass and trout. I figure I can use my 5wt sometimes too. BUT... I really wanted a 4 piece to replace my 5wt. I keep thinking of returning it for another 5wt.

I thought we were moving to South Carolina for a job....It looks like it will be at least a year. So... 5 or 6 for the combo of Trout and Bass?

Posted on: 2013/2/27 11:55


Re: Buyers remorse

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5wt 5wt 5wt for the love of god man 5wt 5wt 5wt

Posted on: 2013/2/27 12:43


Re: Buyers remorse

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Got it... Now... Tfo bvk or pro 2?

Posted on: 2013/2/27 13:37


Re: Buyers remorse

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Whichever one matches your fishing/oscar outfit

Posted on: 2013/2/27 14:48


Re: Buyers remorse

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Funny guy

Posted on: 2013/2/27 18:53


Re: Buyers remorse

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Yes I can be funny, but looks aren't everything.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 20:00


Re: Buyers remorse

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Really though... Thanks for all the advice. I have had such a hard time with the technology that I make it difficult. Here is my FINAL decision....

I am returning the TFO Pro 2 (6wt) combo and getting the BVK 5 wt. Keeping my old Orvis Clearwater reel (from 1999) and going to look at reels this weekend at the Fly show in Lancaster.

My issue was mod fast or fast and I guess that the BVK because of the rod itself and the feel, is a better choice. I make things difficult and they don't need to be...

Posted on: 2013/2/27 22:38


Re: Buyers remorse

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There is no one answer to your question. I seldom use anything other than a 4 weight for trout, unless it's a windy day on a big stream. A 5 weight is also a good choice for trout or bass, if you get a fast rod. You'll need the speed for casting weighted flies long distances, and fighting big fish in big water.
For salt water I have a 9 weight 9 foot, which doubles for a salmon rod, unless you're talking land locked salmon in Maine, then a 4 or a 5 weight is sufficient. For big bass water a 6 weight is plenty as long as it a fairly fast rod, I mostly use a 4 wt. and that's fine for bass as long as it's not windy. It's a complicated issue especially when you ask on a message board, where you'll find dozens of answers.

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Re: Buyers remorse

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You rock. I realize what I need to do and... Spend money and time.

Posted on: 2013/2/28 13:16


Re: Buyers remorse

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Final answer. .. bought TFO clouser 5wt

Posted on: 2013/3/1 10:17



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