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Old 12-03-2004, 07:56 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

I dont have a tremendous amount of help for rod choice................. I like St. Croix's especially the moderate fast actions, I've fished the redfly setup and to be honest I wasn't impressed, especially when the handle found a way to gash and rip on the second outing....... If you are planning to fish for more bass than panfish a 7 weight would probably be better for throwing the larger sized flies, and trust me when you are just starting handling a decent crappie and maintaining line control on a 7 weight is plenty challenging.

For lines a weight forward bass bug or beginners line matched with the rod weight.

For leaders I would recomend:

4x or 3x (5-8lb)- For most panfishing
2x or 1x (9-11lb)- for most bass
0x (13-15lb)- for bass in heavy cover
These leaders should be 71/2 to 9 feet long

My favorite bass flies are

Dahlberg divers
and large (6-2+) woolly buggers

my favorite panfish flies are

soft hackles
peasant tails
bitch creek nymphs
size 8 or smaller muddlers, mickey finn and dace patterns
small poppers
small woolly buggers
- bright or flashy colors work very well

Starting flyfishing can be a little intimidating, the most important thiing is practicing with good equiptment, otherwise equiptment failures and problems take away from the sport and could ultimately lead to quiting flyfishing entirely....

Good luck, I hope we have another great mid-westerner contributing to the forum.
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