Carrying two rods

MGTom

Living at the place of many waters
WFF Supporter
Many fly competition angles carry the second rod tucked in the waders on the non-dominant hand side (see picture). Once you are in the river it is a good option (although it takes some time to get used to it), but it sucks for getting to the river if you have to go through some vegetation cover...

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Looks awesome and I know we all fish different places and ways, but that rod would have caught the overhead brush I couldn't hold on to when I fell in and laid me right on my back if it didn't tangle. I don't know better or worse I'm just re-assessing things.
 

moon1284

Active Member
I only bring one rod when wading. I really have no reason to ever nymph. I can usually tell by conditions if I'm going to fish dries or streamers.

So I will either use a dry fly rod or a streamer rod. If I'm that unsure, I'll fish a 6 weight (I have them from 7' to 9' 6") and I know with a 6 weight I can fish anything from midges to size 6 streamers (size 4 in a pinch if there's no rabbit on them).

So my suggestion is to get a 6 weight. With a 9' 6wt, I can fish 2# maxima tippet with tiny midges if I want, or size 6 streamers with 6# or even 8# MAXIMA.

If you like nymphing a 6 weight is good for that too.

If I know I'll only be fishing streamers, then I bring a 7 weight. Generally, streamers are going to fish like shit when the water is Low, especially when the sun is out. And when the water is ripping and off Color, streamers are going to fish better than dries.

If I bring the wrong rod I'll know pretty quickly and I'll suck it up and walk back to my car. I cover water way to quickly to leave a rod on the bank and keep walking back to get it. And you look like a nerd carrying two rods.

On a drift boat, all bets are off and my boat usually has 9-10 rigs on it. Probably 4-6 dry fly rods (usually 6 wts), 3 streamer rods (7 or 8 wts), and 1 or 2 9'6 scott arc 6wts with bobbers that I never use but usually someone else will fish them. The only reason I bring the nymph rigs is because I really like the rods.

Scott ARCs are bad ass rods, imo the best steelhead rods ever made. I have single handers in 6 through 9 and the 1287.
 
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BC33

Active Member
I do my best to take as little stuff with me as possible. I already take too much gear. Taking more than one rod is a non-starter.

I actually can't think of any circumstance in which I need an extra rod; with fairly small changes, I can do euro nymphing, fish dries, swing wets, throw streamers or fish with an indicator. I wonder if the OP actually needs more versatile gear, or some rigging tricks, instead.

I prefer to have more specialized setups pre-strung.....for example I carry an 11 foot euro. I love the mono rig for high sticking.....hate it for throwing dries, or running an indo. When I'm fishing the lower D, which I often do, I will typically euro in close, indo out farther, swing meat on a sink tip.......any one of those may be left at the rig for a dry rod....it's all based on what I'm expecting/time of season, etc.....and many spots I fish I will typically use all three...n
 
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BC33

Active Member
Side question....

For those of you who are adamant about only carrying one rod.....how many rods do you own?

I ask, because I would assume if you want a tool that will do it all, you wouldn't need a lot of rods.....I'm a rod junkie....not so much spendy rods, cuz I'd rather have 3 Echos than one Thomas and Thomas.
 

jaredoconnor

WFF Supporter
Side question....

For those of you who are adamant about only carrying one rod.....how many rods do you own?

I ask, because I would assume if you want a tool that will do it all, you wouldn't need a lot of rods.....I'm a rod junkie....not so much spendy rods, cuz I'd rather have 3 Echos than one Thomas and Thomas.

At my peak, I owned seven or eight. Now, I own four and I only really use one of them. I'll probably sell two and keep one as a backup, for when I travel. A good 10ft 3wt does everything I need, on rivers.
 

ryc72

Active Member
Side question....

For those of you who are adamant about only carrying one rod.....how many rods do you own?

I ask, because I would assume if you want a tool that will do it all, you wouldn't need a lot of rods.....I'm a rod junkie....not so much spendy rods, cuz I'd rather have 3 Echos than one Thomas and Thomas.
9 single handers. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9wt
5 double handers. 3, 4, 6, 9wt.
Just because I only want to carry one rod around doesn’t mean that’s the only rod I like to fish.
 

Zak

WFF Supporter
Side question....

For those of you who are adamant about only carrying one rod.....how many rods do you own?

I ask, because I would assume if you want a tool that will do it all, you wouldn't need a lot of rods.....I'm a rod junkie....not so much spendy rods, cuz I'd rather have 3 Echos than one Thomas and Thomas.
I only carry one rod wading rivers and on the beach, but 2 or 3 in my dory.

7' 2wt custom graphite small stream rod
9' 3wt T&T
8'6" 4wt Sage LL (by far the most used except for beach and lakes)
10' 4wt custom graphite (just strung this up with a new sunray floating line and look forward to giving it more use)
9' 5wt TFO "Jim Teeny" (overlined with 6wt line)
9' 6wt Sage RPL (much used for beach and lakes)

Edit: and Redington Classic Trout six piece rods in 3wt and 5wt.
9' 6wt Cabelas Stowaway 6
9' 8wt Cabelas Stowaway 6
13' 7/8wt TH St Croix Imperial
one trashed mystery bamboo and one cheapo LLBean 5wt.
 
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MGTom

Living at the place of many waters
WFF Supporter
Side question....

For those of you who are adamant about only carrying one rod.....how many rods do you own?

I ask, because I would assume if you want a tool that will do it all, you wouldn't need a lot of rods.....I'm a rod junkie....not so much spendy rods, cuz I'd rather have 3 Echos than one Thomas and Thomas.
I have just 1 8wt, 3 9' graphite and a 8' bamboo 6wt's, a 7' and 8.5' 4wt's and a 10' ESN. If I'm going to a stream somewhere I know I could take any one on any day and catch fish. It's usually more how I want to fish and what's in the fly boxes, which is usually a couple boxes of go to's for that rod and some testers. For lakes it's often 2 rods, a damsel rod and a indicator/mid rod.
 
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CreekScrambler

Active Member
7’6” 3 wt creek rod. Line is loaded on a spare spool for my 5wt. The 3wt WF/Fand 5wt WF/F will never need to be used at the same time.

2x 9’ 5wt trout rods. If I’m fishing with my GF I’ll rig one for all purpose fishing and the other with my sink tip line for streamers. Fishing on my own, I might take both reels and swap if the opportunity is too good for a deep streamer swing.

13’ 7wt for steelhead. I have a Skagit and a Scandi line for it but I generally only carry the one that’s rigged plus the appropriate sink tips or leaders. Swapping heads is easy if needed.

I’m looking at picking up a 9’ or 9’6” 7wt setup later this year for coho, bass, summer steelhead, and trout streamers.

The goal is to carry less stuff while fishing and store less stuff when I’m not fishing. I currently stand at three rods plus a backup 5wt. That 7wt will need some research.
 

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