What's the Best Trout Streamer Rod?

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  1. Kyle Smith

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    I feel like a fast 9' 6wt will have you covered for streamers everywhere but scary rivers like the Yellowstone or upper Columbia. I use my fast 5wt for streamers up to 3" long on the Delaware (wider than the Yakima and windy) with no issues, and the same setup throws indicator rigs really well with a more open loop. So if you're into massive streamers a 6 or 7 might be better but your Sage should get it done. Blah.
     
  2. Keith Hixson

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    4 wt. for small streams, 5 wt. for larger streams, 6 wt. for big streams and long casts.
    There are dozens of truly fine rods, find one to fit you.
     
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    I have the old classic Loomis GLX 790. It is a great streamer rod and you might pick one up cheap on E-bay. I have a Z-Axis 690 and an XP 590 that also sometimes are used for streamers, but the GLX is so light and fast-it makes a day of chucking streamers a pleasure! Rick
     
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    I'm beating a dead horse and have said this many times....if the GLX (Classic) was sold new in a 4-piece, it might be one of the top three selling fly rods. The damn GL3 (Classic) would be a top selling mid price rod....why they continue to manufacture in two piece only is beyond me [​IMG]
     
  5. colton rogers

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    depends what you want to spend! winston BIIMX 9' 6" 5wt would be my choice, but a scott s4 the 9'6" 6wt is a badass rod, the 9' 5wt would be a good choice too but you can fish summer run steel with the 9'6" 6wt
     
  6. Kirk Singleton

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    stick with the 8 weight, I use the SA sharkskin 300g streamer express line- it will saw your fingers off but casts like a mofo. My streamers are 6" articulated with led eyes. You need a 7 or 8 wt to do get them to fly.
    Read some of Kelly Gallups info and watch his video. Here is another good read http://www.yellowstoneangler.com/2010MontanaFishingOutlook.asp
     
  7. Rick Todd

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    I still have a number of 2 piece rods-RPL+ 590, SP 590, Loomis IMX 490, LL 389, GLX 790 and 890. They work great and since I have a big ass truck, storage for trips is not a problem, in fact they fit under the back seat of my truck. When I'm flying I have enough rods in enough weights to cover most fishing. I wouldn't let the fact that a rod is 2 piece stop me from buying it. I have a good fishing buddy that works for Jimmy Buffet and the whole band does a lot of fly fishing on the road. Jimmy has several one piece Loomis rods for his sport fisher boat, rigged for big game fishing. Rick
     
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    Wow what a good question. Since all of us have our own casting style and loading feel, each is such a personal matter.
    I love my 6w reddington switch for both single and double hand casting. I would reccomend it to anyone for all aspects of swinging, floating, nymphing and high sticking. I also love my 10' 5w sage xp for all of the same situations. No it is not a 2 handed rod, yet I can putt an over sized reel and line on it and still throw it the distance I need.
    Go to dealers that will let you play with the rods and find the one that excites you properly.
     
  9. Porter

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    Great for your truck travel...great for the basically unlimited funded angler, but for the average fly fisher who travels with family in a wagon or SUV, with friend in a cramp suburu, and by airplane to planned once in a decade destination...the four piece is very convenient. If you need to ask , you simply don't understand.
     
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    I wagon or most SUVs couldn't make to most of the places I fish. I guess I'm a holdout. I usually won't buy a rod if I can't find it in a two-peice. If it isn't made in a two-peice, I buy I twopeice holder and just leave it half put together(time saving technique. I'm going to buy a rooftop traveling holder just because I've lost too many chances at big fish even taking the time to put two peices together, mostly at Omak lake). A couple years ago I asked a rep why so many rods were going only 4-peice. He didn't have a good answer, except maybe convenience. How much performance is lost I wondered? "With today's technology, not TOO much", was the reps answer. If you didn't have too, why lose any performance? I think two-peice should be standard with 4-peice rods optional or custom ordered, not the other way around.
     
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    Triploid-I'm with you on this one. My 4 piece rods are kept in two-rod cases (the ones where you can keep the reel on) with the 4 pieces joined to make a two piece. Porter-I'm really don't have an unlimited budget (ask my wife!) and if you look at my rods, some (most) are 15-20 years old. That means I have purchased maybe one rod every 3 years. I don't think I've paid retail for any of them. A couple at 40% off when H&H shut down up here. The two GLX's at 50% off when Gorilla Sports shut down in B'ham. Several were purchased on E-bay. It seems like I do have a lot of rods, but they get used by my wife, our two son-in-laws, my brothers, and other beginning fly fishers I invite along to introduce them to our great sport. I have put my 2 piece rod case in a lot of SUV's including a Suburu, again, doesn't seem to be much of a space problem unless I'm flying. Rick
     
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    I would rather have 2 piece rods. I leave them in a rod case as well. I dont fly often with a rod and I think I would rather have the lighter weight and less prone to breaking. Nobody seems to stock a 2 piece z axis.
     
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    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
    If ever there was a thread on this site that sounded more like a bunch of high school girls primping their ensembles for the prom.................................

    Fishing streamers is just not that fucking complicated. Just get out there and get your fly in front of the fish.:beathead::beathead::beathead:

    Jeeez!

    Ive
     
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    The man raises a good point. But I'll say this: if you like fishing heavy flies or heavy lead eyes or big bunches of split, I wouldn't be afraid of a rod that's on the slow side of fast, or at least not ultra-fast. While who thinks what rod is what is a personal thing to some degree, the sage vt2 and z-axis comes to mind. Or redington's rs4 series, or the winston B2x.

    I don't care for the feeling of concentrated weight on very fast sticks. If I'm casting the line a lot (like I might if I was steelheading or streamer fishing), I start feeling a disconnect with heavy flies. If I'm using sink tips/heads/lines where the weight is spread out, I have no qualms with the ultra-fasts.

    I do a lot of nymphing on big water like the D with a 9'6" 6 wt z-axis. I also use it for smaller steel. I also use it for smallies. And carp. I haven't done much large streamer casting with it. But it casts carp or smallie flies pleasantly. It water-loads a nymph rig nicely. I think it's a great all-around stick. I can't speak to a switch, but since most manufacturers say that a 6 wt switch is for summer steel, that makes me think you'll be a little disappointed on the guppies.
     
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    I too use a sage zaxis 697 for that. Sage, Scott, and "theflyshop.com" have these specialty nymphing rods with stiffer tips and a stout but more flexible butt section, but I haven't tried one or heard anything about them. The most common size seems to be at least 6 wt for doing that type of fishing.