chironomid rod?

sroffe

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#16
I just built a 10' 5wt rod for my chronimid rod. Last season I was using Rio's Nymph line with my 9 foot 5 wt. It was easy casting 20 foot leaders.
 
#17
I use a 10' 5wt TFO Pro. It has a fairly moderate action.

I throw a 8wt SA Mastery Headstart line with it and can throw a bobber with 22' of leader under it.

When you fish that much leader under a bobber, I really don't want more than about 30' of flyline out as it gets harder to set the hook the farther out it is, considering the angle of fly line to leader. The 10' rod helps with casting the whole mess AND with taking up slack to set the hook. Using the 8wt allows me to load the rod with a minimum amount of fly line out and still turn over that long leader. The Headstart line is fairly cheap and this setup is dedicated to bobber fishing only. I use faster 9 footers for other stuff.

It might sound a little strange but it works for me.

I also use Phil Rowley's Quick Release indicators and consider them a "must have" for this type of fishing.
 

mbowers

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#18
Check out Grey's Streamflex 10 ft 3-5wts (also Czech nymphers) as well for a rod around $300. My 10 ft 3wt with a 4wt line is a sweet casting machine. As of 2011 it now goes up to 11 (ft) if needed.
 

Blue

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#20
I think a longer rod could help, but I recently started using a 7' furled leader and 13' of fluoro tippet. It actually rolls and turns over great with a 9' rod and my choice is a mid flex like the LL. but a 10' or 11'er could be nice. Allen's is working on Switch rods, can't wait to try one.
 
#21
I think a longer rod could help, but I recently started using a 7' furled leader and 13' of fluoro tippet. It actually rolls and turns over great with a 9' rod and my choice is a mid flex like the LL. but a 10' or 11'er could be nice. Allen's is working on Switch rods, can't wait to try one.
When you say 13' of tippet, is that a level or tapered (or stepped) tippet? I take what you mean as 13' of 4X (or any X)?
 

Blue

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#22
It is level taper. Not sure if knots in the tippet to create a taper would cause my slip indicator to hang up. I use the Styro eggs with the plastic pegs. I do drill the peg out so it will slide easily over the furled leader.
 
#23
I use sage Z axis 10' 5wt and just slow down the casting stroke.Sage also makes the 99 its slower but sage makes it so its still fast. When i fish below 15 to 20 feet i use a full sink rio deep 7 stright down and hold on.
 
#25
I stopped by my local fly shop after work tonight and took one of the Greys 10' 4 wts for a test drive out in
the parking lot. I think this was a huge mistake! What a sweet stick! I am going to be looking at these rods
mighty hard in the near future. I think this would make a fantastic chironomid stick. Will throw a nice open loop. We were laying out 60' casts with ease in the parking lot...plenty distance for chronnie work. I with most definitely be adding one of these rods to the quiver in the very near future.
 
#26
How about the effects of the leader make up on the cast? What type of leaders are most easily cast when you get up to 20'+? Do you start with a 12' 2X or 3X and add say 3' of 4x and 3' of 5x to make the 20'? Or do you just start out with a long section of tippet or mono? I think part of my problem with the longer leaders is keeping the energy moving down the leader to the mids.

Mike
 

Blue

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#28
How about the effects of the leader make up on the cast? What type of leaders are most easily cast when you get up to 20'+? Do you start with a 12' 2X or 3X and add say 3' of 4x and 3' of 5x to make the 20'? Or do you just start out with a long section of tippet or mono? I think part of my problem with the longer leaders is keeping the energy moving down the leader to the mids.

Mike


I make a 7' furled leader in which you can add either 13' (or more) of straight mono/fluoro or you can even go half one weight and the last half a lighter weight, but the straight tippet does turn over nicely.