What size rod to add?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by jonbackman, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. Porter

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    I think, because of what you stated, the ten weight (maybe a TFO or Redington) would be the best option. The Redington CPS is a very nice rod...and so are the TFO's ...maybe a TFO Teeny or Ticr rod for what you are looking for. I think Richard had it right but if you can only afford one and you have all these plans...the one to help cover all those bases is the TEN. You need some $$$ for that reel too :thumb: Good Luck
     
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    Damn it...and I'm suppose to know better...sorry for the 2X post
     
  3. jonbackman

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    Well, I certainly can't complain about the amount of response I'm getting here. I fear that my situation may be going unsolved for a bit, though. On my way to work this morning, the engine in my Passat died on I-5. Towed it to the shop. Analysis concluded that I threw the timing belt. Any mechanics in the audience just grimaced. Due to the nature of the engine, I am looking at a minimum $4000 repair bill. :eek: The car is hardly worth that. Anyway, to make a long story short, unless VW starts giving promotional fly rods away with new cars like they are doing with guitars, I doubt I'll be getting a new rod soon. Looks like all available funding is going toward vehicle replacement efforts for the time being. I will backlog all of this input for the day that I can upgrade my arsenal. Until then, I'll just stick with the old 6/7, and maybe I can find a beach with some fish sometime soon. Went out yesterday morning for a couple hours. Saw none, caught none. It's been a depressing winter for an beginning-intermediate Puget Sound beach flyfisherman, but I can feel spring coming, along with the surge of SRC's! This post is getting much too long, sorry for the eyestrain. Adios!
     
  4. Tim Garton

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    Damn. Sorry about the unexpected bills. Does cramp the available cash for non-essentials.

    If anyone else cares to continue this discussion... one thing that I saw only one poster mention (may have missed others) is rod action...

    I wrote up a long winded question about weight versus action but in the end, I deleted it all and will only ask this condensed version (no doubt to the relief of all)... does rod action (medium, medium fast, fast, gazillion modulis) only affect casting finesse or does it also affect playable fish size ("playable" meaning not overly stressing the fish so it will survive to fight and spawn again)?
     
  5. ChrisW

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    absolutely.

    Fast action in my opinion = a stronger stick to play fish. I was able to muscle in alaska pink salmon with a Sage 5wt that I would have felt overwhelmed with on a soft 6 wt. This started out as an accident - I was targetting trout but it was such a hoot I Kept it up. People will talk about over stressing the fish but there is such a thing as bringing them in too quick only to have them thrashing around in the shallows. The important thing is to keep the pressure on to tire them quickly before release. Most rods will take a lot more than people will give them - and hey if you break the rod you have a backup right? plus there is no better way to double the size of your fish!

    Things change when you start to hit fish somewhere in the 10lb range (5lb for tropical SW fish). You really need and 8 or 9 weight. Also if fishing from a boat you will need the heavier rod to pull the fish up from the depths.
     
  6. Tim Garton

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    Thanks "beadhead". My intuition says the same (i.e. fast 5 weight equals medium 6 weight for general fish size). Any other comments?