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Old 10-07-2007, 05:38 AM
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Recommended line - tight creeks, small flies

I've got a Crystal River 8 1/2 foot graphite rod that is recommended for 6 - 7 wt line.

I'm looking for recommendations for fly line that is suitable for tight creeks (lots of trees and vines everywhere) where I'll be doing a lot of roll casting using very small flies.

What line weight do you recommend? Can I go one size smaller than what is recommended on the rod or should I stick to their 6 - 7 wt recommendation?

Is weighted forward the only way to go or is double tapered also acceptable for roll casting small flies?

Any brand recommendations would also be appreciated. Price is sort of important, but quality is more important.

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Dave
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:59 PM
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Hmm, no help yet... OK, I'll reply to myself.

Dear Galong, look on the internet for line reviews and stop being so lazy you silly boy!
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:25 AM
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What size fish are you going to be targeting? In the US, tight creeks, roll casting, and very small flies means a 4 wt rod or less.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:38 AM
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Hi Teflon Jones,

Thanks for your reply... sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I've been a very busy boy with work.

My problem with the creek that I'm targeting is that there is heavy cover, complete with tarzan-ish vines, wild limestone rock formations and lots of trees.

I'm already assuming that I'll be doing a lot of roll casting... which I am not very proficient at, but want to learn.

I am targeting barbs mainly. They seem to range from 1/2 a pound up to 2 pounds.

I recently bought a bunch of #16 and #18 size flies. I also bought some 4X (6 lb. test) tapered leaders. I'm fairly new to this so I hope I bought the right stuff. I honestly didn't realize the flies were going to be that tiny!

Anywho, I'm thinking about buying a 4 wt or possibly a 3wt outfit with a rod that's around 8' 6".

Any advice, comments, ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Dave

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Old 11-18-2007, 04:47 PM
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Based on the description of the water you are going to be fishing and knowing that price in important to you, I'd recommend you go with a wt double taper (DT6) line. There are several brands selling with DT lines priced about $25.00 that would suit you. The lines targeted at beginner fly fishers, as long as they are the DT lines, would fit your needs well.
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:09 PM
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Hi flytyer,

Thanks buddy... I think that given your advice perhaps I should try the rod and line that I already have before rushing out to buy a lighter outfit. I've got Scientific Angler WF6F line on one of my outfits.

I guess I should try that first and assume that if it doesn't work quite as well as I wish, I could assume that it could be my casting skill instead of the gear.

The next step if it truly doesn't work out might be to get so DT line and try that.

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