Yesterday I went to one of the better smallie lakes in our NorCal area, and did "OK". Day after full moon and the bite was very sporadic. I did manage to get a couple on poppers which was cool. Bonus was the water was clear and I saw almost every fish take the fly. Without exception they took it on the pause after a fast strip. I also noticed that once they take the fly you don't feel it until you strip. I think we miss a lot more fish than we realize. I don't think our smallies are as large as those in the Columbia Basin. My largest ever was 5# from a tailwater pool, and I haven't caught anything close to that before or after. A 2 pound fish here is pretty good. I got one of those yesterday, and the rest 10" - 13" which is typical for most of our local lakes. Still, the flies are big and buggy. Best getters yesterday were a Chub imitation and a cone head rabbit strip zonker. Out of the wind I was able to get two on my 386 Classic Trout rod which was great, but with an 8-10 mph wind most of the day I had to stick with 6 wts. Catching a 10" smallie on a 6 wt. rod is not something memories are made of. Have any of you tried a fast 3 wt. like a BVK for small fish using big flies? Would it punch those zonkers and poppers through the wind and have enough backbone for a decent hook set?