I tried switching to silk a couple years back and bought Phoenix, Cadno and Terenzio in 4, 5 and 6wts. The Phoenix were probably the nicest quality, but I really preferred the Terenzio overall. Ultimately, I decided I didn’t like the sound since I really don’t like any noise intrusion while I fish, so I sold them all. Since I got great deals on them (mostly ‘used but never fished’) I didn’t take a big hit when selling.
But they floated much better than any plastic line and lifted off the water a lot nicer.
DW, I think the Perfect would be a nice choice for that rod. I’ve never seen a Bouglé in person, but I’ve thought about buying one from time to time. Who made your penta and what taper is it?
Sorry to hear about your back, hope you heal up quickly.
I like the Bougle reels, and as far as I can tell they are very similar to the Perfect internally, not sure about the number of ball bearings though. I already have two of them, so thinking of something different. Never had a Perfect and I think a darker color would look nice on the rod.
It is a Sweetgrass rod, one of Jerry Kustich’s tapers.
yeah, sorry about your back, Creek. I hope you use a wading stick when you fish.
I think a reel should match the hardware on the rod.. bright with bright or dark with dark. But that’s something I’ve only recently paid attention to. I fished Winston sticks with nickel silver hardware and black Ross reels for years without thinking about it. It wasn’t until I found forums like this that made me obsess over gear. Back then I used to just fish whatever I had and enjoyed it. Probably more than I enjoy it now. LOL
Creek, I’m praying for a fast full recovery, so don’t push it.
As with some have said about balancing under the thumb, I agree.
The first thing I think of when I rig a rod is the cfs of the water because it helps me decide what weight rod to use first of all. Second, you get a 15 inch trout getting below you downstream in some fast water you will see your backing. If you horse them, they will break off. But if you can keep the fish upstream and quickly get them to some softer water, you absolutely have the advantage. Again, I have never seen my backing, because I generally lose them when they get below me. I like fast water, because it’s challenging.
Then you have big rivers that have a lower cfs, and a large trout may not take you into your backing. I believe it’s all about the type of area your fishing. The rivers in Nebraska and Kansas are not like the rivers in Colorado. But I will agree, better to have the backing there when and if you need it.