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Streamer Rod?

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Im looking to purchase a dedicated streamer rod. I currently have TFO Pro's in a 9' 5wt and 7wt. I also have Rio Streamer tip in 150, 200, and 250 Grain. I will be using 3' to 7" streamers. This will be used both from a boat and wade fishing. I am considering the following rods:

TFO BVK - 9' 7wt
TFO Clouser - 7wt
Redington Predator
9' 7wt or 6wt (not sure witch would be better for the line I have)
Redington Torrent - 9' 7wt



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I don't know it all, but I do know I am in love with the Helios 2 salt collection for streamer fishing - from the boat. I have the 9' 7wt and the 9' 6 wt. They are light, tough, and awesome for throwing the big stuff and heavy lines. My advice, unless you are fishing real deep water or specific situations, you can just fish a lighter wet tip or even a floating lines with most streamers, especially from the boat. they are a heckuva lot easier to throw and don't impact much since the fly line has little impact on the first several strips in a streamer situation - which is where u most likely will get the action.

Additionally, another great streamer rod for the money, IMO, is the Redington Predator. I have the 7'10" 6wt and have gotten many good years out of it. It is a great "close-quarters" rod....


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I have the TFO BVK in a 9.5 ft 7 wt. It is now my go to streamer rod. I'm sure the 9 footer would perform similarly.

Posted on: 1/31 0:16
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I have a 10 wt bvk for surf and is a cannon. really good rod at a good price.

Posted on: 1/31 0:58


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Predator

I use the 7'11" 8 wt with Rio Outbound Short for big trout streamers and bass fishing. Lean mean streamer chucking machine. If I'm pounding the banks, thats my go to

For bigger water I use a 9 ft Helios 2, same line

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I'll chime the same thing as some others....

The Predator comes in 7'11" & 9' models. For wade fishing, that little extra length will be helpful. I don't see it hurting you from a boat either. I understand the Predators are massively stiff and need a shooting head type of line or overlined.

I'll contradict alby's BVK suggestion with a TICRx or Axiom recommendation. More backbone for picking up line.


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I agree with krayfish on the predator.

I owned the 9' 7wt, very fast, stiff rod. When paired with outbound short I/S6 it loaded well and I could easily place a 7" streamer where I wanted at 30'-40'. However, I felt the only drawback was short range casts; loss of accuracy.

Ended up selling it and buying a 9' 7wt bank robber. It has a softer mid section that allows it to load easier for those short range casts and impart better movement on the fly.


Posted on: 2/1 12:49


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If its only for streamers I'd look for a used Sage XP or Redington CPS - both are stiff backed with a soft tip.


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The only streamer specific rod I own is a St. Croix Bank Robber 6wt. I have the Streamer Express 200 grain 50 ft sink tip Scientific Anglers line. I will be getting a second spool for my BVK reel to put a floating version of the same line.

I have other cheaper 8wt rods…but hey do not compare. I do not have specific lines on those.

Posted on: 2/1 21:43


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Thanks for all the input. I will be fishing Pine Creek, Allegheny, and Clarion River. Average cast being 20-20'. I already have an Allens Trout 5/7 and spare spools with Rio Streamer tip 24' DC in 150,200, and 250 grain. I am down to buying a streamer specific rod of a 9' 7wt Redington Predator and a Steelhead rod of a Sage VXP 10' 7wt or combo Streamer/Steelhead of a Sage One 9'6" 7wt.

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Just a FYI, that predator in a 6 wt will be more than able to handle the 7 wt sink tip. If you buy the 7 wt model, be prepared to chuck hard or buy new line (8 Wt).

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If you're looking for a streamer/steelhead rod see if you can find a used sage z-axis or xp

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got a nice custom 9' 6 wt. here for 200.00. made for pine creek.

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Re: Streamer Rod?

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I have decided to go with the Predator in a 9' 6wt. I am also going to try the Rio Outbound short in a S3 and S6. Should I get that in a 6wt or 7wt?

Posted on: 2/7 11:33


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I don't want to steer you wrong but I think you'll find 7wt in a streamer tip works better than a 6wt on that rod. I don't have enough experience with the 'short' or a shooting head. I'll suggest you call Rio since they are linked to sage and ask for tech dept. Tell them your intended use and that you'd like a line suggestion.

If you are going to pick up, haul and shoot (up to 30'-50'), you might find the 7wt loads the rod better in close. I've overlined my rods because I want to feel it bend deeper into the blank to help timing. You may or may not prefer that feeling.

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