Warning!!! Gear advice needed. AGAIN.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by DanielOcean, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Active Member

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    Is it really likely that I am going t out gunned with a 7wt if I hook a winter steelhead this year?
     
  2. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    No. You will not be outgunned. Play the fish like you don't care if the rod breaks. This is easier with an 80 dollar 7 wt than a 300 dollar 8 wt.

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  3. golfman44

    golfman44 5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    From what I've read not really but an 8 wt would be much better for the wild fish. And its not like any steelhead will feel like a bitch on an 8 wt, they will all fight well. Add to the fact that the 8 wt will help you turn over your egg dropper off a dropper egg off another dropper egg off a hevi bead off a squidro better than a 7 wt and its probably a good idea. But at the end of the day its your rod so get what you want
     
  4. gearhead

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    go with the 11-7 switch....will handle anything and is light enough for some simple single hand stuff. don't need to spend a ton of money.
     
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    As much as I feel like you need another rod like I need another beer, I'd reccomend the single hander for nymphing because almost all the switch rods on the market are difficult to use single handed, and spey casting a nymphing setup if your not an experienced spey caster is just asking for trouble. The single hand will really be your best bet. The only advantage the switch will have is if you want to do some small to medium rivers dry line stuff in addition to your nymphing.

    Don't you already have a single handed 8 weight or some shit? Just a get a RIO Nymph line and ride your majestic steed across the OP with the rest of the Bead Boyz tearing up those gnarly chromerz.
     
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    8 wt single hander or a 7wt switch. Both have advantages. I still prefer to fish a single hander outta the boat but a switch from the bank is the only way to go. IMO. I bobber fish an 896 XP and have never thought it was too much rod for any steelhead.
     
  7. Brady Burmeister

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    Daniel Ocean said "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:................................................KEEPING THE TFO"

    Do you not have this anymore? You can nymph with it.
     
  8. i already told you i would sell yhou my switch with the switch line you dick cheese
     
  9. DanielOcean

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    Oh um I dont have that anymore. Long story. I now have NO single hander. I only own a spey rod setup.
     
  10. DanielOcean

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    Let me ask you this guys. If I go an buy the appropriate line, is it out of the question to try nymphing with my 12' 9" Echo Classic 7wt? Guy at Red's just told me "why not", so I do not know if hes fucken crazy or not.
     
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    jake-e-boy sans caféine

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    I would think it would actually depend on how you're wanting to nymph and the size of the water.

    super long drifts & big water? centerpin.

    smaller pocket water? SH (personally, I prefer 8-8.5' rods, but most folks like the extra reach a 9'6"-10' rod will give you).

    Back when I had a switch (and a longer spey), the only one I ever attempted nymphing with was the switch & I hated it for that application...not that it couldn't effectively get your junk out there, because it could, very easily--too easily even. I just felt much more of a disconnect with the whole experience...but that's just my personal opinion. Longer TH rods are also more tiring if you're tight-lining IMO.
     
  13. Jason Rolfe

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    I can't imagine trying to nymph with a spey rod. Just doesn't have the same feel. And seems ridiculous.
     
  14. Jason Rolfe

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    I once saw a dude at reiter nymphing with a two hander. He had a thingamabobber about the size of a golf ball attached. Looked pretty funny.
     
  15. DanielOcean

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    Okay I thought is sounded wierd.