Lake fishin’ dream stick?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by troutpocket, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. troutpocket Active Member

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    The shack nasties are setting in. Spokane is a very cold place in Janaury! I’m thinking ahead a couple months to working the weedy shoals with an olive bugger.

    I use a five weight for the vast majority of my stillwater fishing. Over the years I’ve fished some really good ones. My favorite ever was a Sage SP. It was my first nice rod but I ended up selling it in grad school to finance a Loomis GLX, which I “needed” to contend with Wyoming winds. It was a good choice at the time but now that I’m back in WA I wish I still had that SP. A year ago my GLX was stolen out of a vehicle and now I fish a Winston Vapor, another nice stick, and a compromise between the buttery smoothness of the SP and rocket-launching ability of the GLX.

    I’m thinking about picking up another 5 weight before the spring thaw and I want something more like the SP. I know there are options for getting one on Ebay or other used gear outlets. But I was wondering about other rods that I might not have considered. What do you suggest for something medium to med/fast that will be used primarily for casting intermediate lines to fat Spokane-area ‘bows?
  2. Jason Decker Active Member

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    go to castaway fly shop in Cd'A and check out the Loop rods
  3. FLGator Member

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    Call Kerry Burkheimer and talk with him about your needs...then treat yourself.
  4. Gorgefly Member

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    I fish a T&T Helix for my 5 and 6wts.
    IMHO it doesn't get any better than that!
    100% Buttah!
  5. Kaari White Active Member

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    For me, a 6 weight and a 4 weight was the answer. 6 weight for throwing streamers and when the probably of catching large fish is there. The 4 weight is for everything else. I find I can get a better presentation with a 4 than with a 5 and can perform as well as a 5 weight in almost every other capacity. Whenever I need distance, the wind comes in to play, big fish, big flies or double nymph rigs are employed- well, I take out the 6 weight.

    My most used lake rods are a Scott G 4-weight and a TFO Ticr 6-weight with a fighting butt.
  6. Gorgefly Member

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    Agreed on the 4wt. for presentation.
    I use a 4wt. VPS when I know its dries. A 6wt. when I know its streamers and a 5wt. when I don't know what I'll be up against.
  7. Mike Ediger Active Member

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    As I am in Spoke we fish much of the same water, and I use a Loomis IMX 4wt that I wrapped for most of my fishing (chironos, nymphs, small buggers). I really love this rod. It isn't as fast as your GLX, so it might be similar to the Vapor, can't say though as I haven't fished one. But it is light and has a great feel. The IMX is only sold as a blank now so it might be something to consider either in the 4wt or 5wt if you want to wrap something yourself. Might also help cure the shack nasties. Let me know if you ever want to cast mine, I am on the n. side.
    You might also consider the CPS. I have a 6wt and really like it as well.
    Just some ideas.
  8. jcalderon Member

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    Any rod, as long as its a scott.......
  9. uncledave corkie stare blind

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    I fish a 7 wt Sage SP10 foot from my boat with 20 plus leaders. For casting long leaders and ease of pickup and hookset with a strike indicator this is deadly. Casting three flies or more in windy conditions is no problem. Plenty of backbone and stiff on the pickup. Not to sensitive, but who needs it under a strike-indicator? Sage rods , Ross reels, I have several....
  10. Kaari White Active Member

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    I whole heartedly agree!
  11. jcalderon Member

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    Where have you been my whole life! ;)
  12. troutpocket Active Member

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    Thanks all for your comments. My cash flow dried up but I put another rod up for trade and made a deal.

    I am now in possession of a GLX 9' 4wt. I'll take it out for some lawn casting tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to try it out with a WF4 SA Trout Taper and WF5 Clear Camo line. Next will be a trip to Amber.

  13. ceviche Active Member

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    If you go with a 10 footer, you can go down one size stillwater. So imagine playing an 18 inch brown on a 5wt but having the spine to cast bigger bugs like, or the distance of, a 6wt.
  14. CoastalCutt Member

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    North Bend, WA
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    Good insight. I personally would opt for a 9' 6" six wt. I have a Launch in that combo. Great rod, great price, all with Sage's awesome warranty.
  15. fly punk lunatic trout bum

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    oly. wa.
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    Z-axis 9'6" 6wt bottom line
  16. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Any rod that you enjoy casting that has a sensitive tip to better feel light takes.

    On the other hand if you use a bobber you can forgo the sensitive tip and just stare at the bobber all day.

  17. Philster New Member

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    My Sage xp 697 from 2000. The 9.5 footer with the fighting butt. One of the best rods ever built...
  18. yellowlab Active Member

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    In a van... down by the river, WA
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    Loop Multi 696-4 or GLX 10' 5 wt. overweighted 1 line wt. for each
  19. scottflycst Active Member

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    Ozark Mtn springwater
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    My "sit down" sticks are the SP's and the SLT's, I like the way they handle sinking lines.
  20. Trannyman New Member

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    I have a 9 ft 5 wt 2 pc sp that is in new condition that I would sell. I am in the Bothell area. 206-817-3181 Gary