If you only had one fly outfit...

#31
Does it really have to be one?

Like some of the other posts, I want two: 8 wt and 5 wt.

For just one rod it would be (8 + 5) / 2 = 6.5 weight, round down to 6 wt.

Chris.
 

Trent

Ugly member
#32
My Z-Axis 9' 5wt. I would have to say a floaghting line or versitip thingy. This is one set-up that would allow you to use to different tipes of line:thumb: THe five weight was chosen because I don't believe steelhead and our salmon runs (Humpies possibly the exeption, for now) will last nearly as long as I intend to fish:(

And you could fish for humpies fine an a 5wt:thumb:
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#36
When I started out, I ignored conventional wisdom and opted for a 5 over the 6. The 5 is a great rod but I needed more, so over time I bought other weights and speys. Couple years ago I finally bought a 9.5' 6wt XP (a tweaner) for the salt. Turns out it does a lot of things very well and has become the rod I grab 8 times out of 10.
I have friends that started with a 6 and many years later, it's the only rod they own. And they do just fine. Meanwhile, I have a closet full of dream$.
Like physics, don't ignore CW.
 
#37
... Just wondering if Mrs. Mumbles is laying down some rules on Mr. Mumbles? That would be a shame for Mr. Mumbles ... unless, of course, he would willing to part with some of his fine fly-fishing tackle? ... perhaps some willing trade partners on this site would also be interested?

:)
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#38
... Just wondering if Mrs. Mumbles is laying down some rules on Mr. Mumbles? That would be a shame for Mr. Mumbles ... unless, of course, he would willing to part with some of his fine fly-fishing tacke? ... perhaps some willing trade partners on this site would also be interested?
That's an interesting observation, especially since Mrs. Mumbles is working on her MBA. Wonder if she's done an ROI analysis on his gear closet and concluded that the prospect of diminishing returns is as hard to ignore as gravity?

K
 
#39
9 foot 5 weight...

I can toss to trout...nymph for trout...and even land small..emphasize small schoolie striped bass.

That would cover it.

But don't ask me to give up my 7 footer for the small streams or the 10 footer for the euro nymphing I have been doing.
 

chattmr

has never caught a steelhead... (its sad, I know)
#40
9' 6wt Orvis Rocky Mountain and Pflueger Medalist that I have been using for nearly 20 years.

Light enough for trout, heavy enough for other stuff. Casts like a dream... Plus, I can easily over-line it to cast really big flies.
 
#41
ive been used to fishing my 8wt fenwick 9'0" 2pc rod for the past year. salmon, steelhead, puget sound, stillwater, and i even fish size 18 dry flies with it for trout in small rivers/creeks. so i think i could use that rod for just about anything.
Oh Gawwd...to be so young and with life so simple again.....sighhhh!

Enjoy it while ya got it, Arthur!

Jc :)
 
#42
Fenwick fiberglass 8' 7/8 wt with US Made Pflueger Medalist 1495 1/2 reel, SA Bass taper 8wt floating line, 30lb heavier dacron backing, and custom built leaders of Maxima Chameleon and/or Ultragreen.

This rod is soft and light enough for pond bluegills but has enough backbone for westcoast salmon and steelhead or eastcoast stripers. If you took your time, you could probably still get the whole shebang on eBay for about $100.

I would miss my other rods though.

Randy
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#43
A smooth casting do-it-all rod and a simple workhorse reel. 8' 5wt Constable, Empress, Hardy Marquis 6. Cortland 444 peach or 555 DynaTip line.

TC
 

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