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12-07-2002, 12:43 PM
ok so my poll failed and there are not many light line trout FFers out there, but there has got to be someone out there whop supports what i am doing i got yes vote on my poll besides me. i still think we need more FF to post threads on light FF Eddie you started somethreads but never replied to me.

We need more light line stuff please.

If any one want to ask me some ?'s about light lines feel free to do so.

12-08-2002, 05:47 AM
How do you deal with windy days? I have a 3 weight and find it hard to throw a lot of line on those days.

12-09-2002, 05:25 AM
:) SDHflyfisher My thoughts are on the same line. If you are looking for articles on light line fishing you might lookup an article I wrote which is on this site in the left-hand column. dated 4-11-01;)

12-09-2002, 08:48 AM
As far as I am concerned - any trout fishing done with a flyrod IS light line fishing. Weather this is for that native brookie with your 4wt and 8x tippet or 17# of fresh Ontario Steel on your 6wt with 3x tippet.

Maybe you need to define what sets the 2 apart. To me, light line is as much a part of flyfishing as is catching fish on a fly.

As this seems to be at the heart of the discussion - IMHO there is nothing you can do on "micro" weight rods (3 and under) that can't be done with a traditional, slow-action 4wt. They put uneccessary stress on the fish, limit the kinds of flies you can throw and don't cast in the wind.

My .02 :devil:

12-09-2002, 09:22 AM
What do you consider light line?

I fish a 4-wt in Wisconsin and that seems to fit just right.


12-09-2002, 10:35 AM
In defense of lite lines. When fishing very light tippet(say 7x), I find that I can beat a fish(up to 21")as fast or faster with my 2 or 1wt. Those rods offer alot of tippet protection, and I find that I don't have to pussy foot around trying not to pop the tippet. A soft 4wt might not have any more guts than a fast 2wt. Now, an argument could be made against tippets under 6x.

12-09-2002, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by craig
How do you deal with windy days? I have a 3 weight and find it hard to throw a lot of line on those days.

I always use my #3 it gets difficult sometimes but on windy days you can get a bit closer to the fish. and like eddie said the lighter rods protect the tippet even though i have broken off a few fish on 6x tippet.

12-10-2002, 10:10 AM
...or you might consider trying a bamboo rod...those REALLY protect the lighter tippets (depending on the rod of course) and then there is no need to force yourself to use a 2 or 3wt when it's windy...

Like all things though, there are good and bad times to use light line rods, just as there are good and bad times to use a cane rod.


12-10-2002, 10:38 AM
Jared - I agree w/the bamboo observation. Fished one when I was younger (wish I still had it) and the thing was incredibly limber and forgiving.

As the old adage goes "the ski doesn't make the skier" and the same applies to fly rods. I understand the need for tippet protection when you go below 6x but what it really gets down to is knowing how to use your equipment to handle a hot fish with a light leader.

Craig, unless you're casting midges to ultra-spooky fish, you would be better served to use a crisp 5 or 6 weight with a WF line on a really windy day.

12-10-2002, 03:46 PM
I would like to get a good bamboo rod but i do not have the money, being 16.
I plan on getting an old one and fixing it up.