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blazingslide 04-18-2004 11:28 PM

Flyfishing gear
Hi all,
I'm thinking about getting into flyfishing, and am trying to decide what type of rod and reel combo to purchase. I've been looking in Cabelas at the St. Croix Imperial combo, St Croix Avid combo, and a Fenwick HMG Combo. I'll be using the combo primarily for trout fishing, and need a versatile rod that will allow me to fish with nymphs as well as dry flies. I've been thinking about getting a #4 weight rod, probably 8 1/2 to 9 ft. Is this too light?
Any suggestions or comments? ANY help would be appreciated.

Dble Haul 04-19-2004 08:04 AM

What type of water will you be fishing? A 4 wt is good for small to intermediate sized waters, but you might want something a bit heavier for larger waters/currents and the possibility of getting into big fish.

I'm a big St. Croix fan, so you won't get any arguements from me. If you weren't doing a catalog order, I'd say cast before you buy to make sure the rod is right for you. In fact, if you know someone who has one of the rods you mentioned, give it a test run if at all possible.

blazingslide 04-19-2004 05:04 PM

I will generally be fishing on medium-sized streams. The current will vary in strength. Would a 5 weight be more suitable? As for size of fish---generally 12" trout for the norm, with the chance to hook into some in the 20"-24" range.

flytyer 04-19-2004 08:32 PM

The St. Croix combo is one of the best values on the market. Redington also offers a great valued combo in the RedStart series.

A 4 wt rod will handle trout up to about 4 or 5 pounds so this line size won't be your limiting factor for the streams you are going to fish. However, the best way to make a rod wt choice is by the size and weight of the flies you are going to use. If you are not going to fish flies bigger than a #16 (maybe a #14) the 4 wt rod will do just fine. If you are going to fish flies up to a #10, the 5 wt is the better choice. If you are going to fish flies up to #6 (#4 in a pinch), a 6 wt is the better choice.

In other words, instead of making a rod choice on the basis of the size fish you are going to fish for, make it on the basis of the size and weight of flies you are going to fish. Remember a heavier line rod can always fish small flies; however, a light line rod doesn't do too well with larger flies.

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