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  • #6462

    Scotty MacFly
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    I was fishing one of my favorite areas and I normally use a 3wt rod on that creek. I recently bought a 2wt rod for that creek and fished with it yesterday and just had a blast with it. I in no way felt under gunned with it, and I have noticed other areas that I fish, I seem to go one wt lighter than most. I know the 5wt is very versatile, and not to be disrespected, and there are rivers here that I do fish on occasion where a 5wt would be the lightest rod I’d use.

    Some people like only one weight and stick with it, and I can appreciate that, but I have to wonder, are we over gunning it? I ask because on the 2wt, it felt different than the 3wt when hooked into a fish. Simply put, it was just more fun, and every fish was released and swam off strong for another day.

    I’m really beginning to like lighter weight rods, and realizing one size down from what I use normally works great, but at the same time knowing that heavier rods like a 7wt has specific purposes, like fishing for salmon, and throwing bigger streamers. But I’m not talking about those styles, just dry fly, or even light nymphs and wets as well if you want with our normal rods.

    Have any of you thought about dropping a weight on your rods, and if not, why? I feel like I may be missing something here, or after all these years just discovering something. I always prefered rods with feel over those all around do it all rods. As long as I don’t go too light to play the fish to death, I like the idea of going lighter.

    #6463

    Grsdlnr
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    First of all, I’d like to address the “light rods play fish to death” myth. It’s the tippet strength, not the rod that matters. 5X is 5X, whether you’re using a 6 or a 2 it will break at the same point. As long as you can put maximum pressure on a fish the lighter rod will land it just as quickly.

    All of my trout rods are 4’s or 5’s. They’re just more versatile IMO. Not to mention, being a cheapskate frugal I don’t have to buy a bunch of different weight lines :) (though my shortest bamboo rod was officially designated a 4 by the rodmaker it likes a Wulff TT3 better if I’m casting over 30′ of line, which isn’t often with such a little stick)

    #6464

    Creek
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    We’ve had this conversation before. I use 4/5wt rods, but always use a 5wt line on them. It’s the only line I use and it’s a Peach.

    You think too much Scotty. Figure out what you like and stick to it. What others use doesn’t matter a lick.

    When I fish I think of nothing but the fishing. I have no decisions to make when I leave for the creek/river. I use two rods. One for creeks and one for rivers. Both use the same reel and line.

    I use no small flies and of course I just use dries. The only tippet I use is 4wt and 5wt. 90% of the time it’s 5wt. I use one fly box with a very small selection.

    Keep it simple. The only decision I make in the morning is where i’m going to go fish. The gear takes no thought at all. Grab my vest and one of the rods and go fish.

    A med action 5wt glass rod feels the fish just fine when caught. Lighter rods are useless to me when the wind comes up which is almost always where I live.

    #6467

    Creek
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    So long everyone. My connection is being shut off today permanently.

    #6468

    Grsdlnr
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    Really sorry to hear, creek. Here’s to some good fishing and a successful hunting season too. Hope you can get to a public library and check in once in a while.

    #6469

    Scotty MacFly
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    Creek, you will be missed. And if I ever get to your neighborhood, I’ll stop in. I’m sorry you are leaving us, and I wish there was something we could do.

    This forum won’t be the same without you.

    #6472

    Scotty MacFly
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    Gone for one day and I already miss Creek. He was like the staple on this forum.

    #6473

    Creek
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    I’m still here Scotty. I worked out a new deal with Charter. I thought it was a lost cause, but in the end they gave in to my price.

    #6474

    Grsdlnr
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    Good news!

    #6475

    Scotty MacFly
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    Wonderful! I’m glad you’re still with us buddy.

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