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Old 11-26-2005, 11:02 PM
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There's only one rod left...

If you could only have one rod to fish with for the rest of your life, what would it be? I'm looking more for a weight, length, and # of pieces than a manufacturer. Oh, and what fish species are you going to be targeting with this rod?

For me, I'd take an 8'6" 5 wt mid flex 3 piece rod that I could use for trout, salmon, panfish, large and smallmouth bass, and maybe even some small saltwater fish like schoolie bonefish.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:22 AM
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huh, that's actually a pretty tough question. Even though 90% of my fishing is with a 4 pc, 5 wt, 8 1/2 ft rod in places where a 16 inch trout is a good one... the other 10 % is for AK salmon,rainbows and char...

So it would probably be a rod of compromise...a 4pc, 7wt, 9ft. Not perfect for either but would work for both.

A far more sadistic question would be: There is only one FLY left .... what would you want it to be?

I think mine would be a wooley bugger type fly I tie up.... though life would suck.

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Old 11-27-2005, 04:05 AM
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piece of cake...

Sage 9140-4 "greenie", and while you didn't ask, a Hardy #2 Salmon with a Rio MidSpey 7/8 floating line with a 15' leader tapered to a 10# tippet.

The fish: Steelhead, Steelhead, Steelhead, Steelhead, and more Steelhead!

The fly, a #2 purple "JailBait" with an enhanced booty.
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:14 AM
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A fast action 9' 6wt 4pc. I recon I could catch most fish with a 6wt Sage TCR.
Small creeks and big poppers would be tough. Probably out gunned by king salmon, tarpon over 20#, jacks and tunoids much over 10#, and big permit ( I don't know. Never caught one over 10#). Only one? That would be it.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:22 PM
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Sage Xi2 9 ft 6 wt with a Tibor back country wide. Plenty of backing if the rod can't stop 'em
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:15 PM
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St. Croix Avid series 9' 5wt 4pc w/ Battenkill. Just by virtue of the #'s, You hunt more small fish than you do large
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PS....I'd want a back-up, just incase the inevatable happens
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... Just by virtue of the #'s, You hunt more small fish than you do large
Yeah, I hear that, but those darn bigun's scar you for life when they get away though!
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Old 11-27-2005, 08:28 PM
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Mine would be a 9ft 7wt in 4pc, fast action.

Smallmouth, Largemouth, light saltwater, and some dinky trout.

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One of Bob Gorman's "Green River", Jade...9' 4wt served with a Loop 1.5 traditional .

Species.....Who cares as long as I'm casting


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9' 7wt EC Powell.
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This is one of those mental exercise questions that are fun to think about, but have no practical use.
As for expense: who in all the world can never hope to afford more than one fly rod/reel for the rest of his miserable life?
As for portability: you can carry two rods of the same length and section numbers, with handles reversed, in a tube made for one. The weight difference is a few ounces.
For an all-purpose pair, I might pair a five with an eight-weight...or perhaps a six with a ten. But I'd never let myself be limited to even two, except for a specific short trip. I've carried two tubes with four five- or six-section rods in a backpack as carry-on luggage, and still had room for reels, vest, waders and wading boots.
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I agree, the mere thought of having only one rod - >shiver<

It has made me think about some possibilities of configurability however...
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would be a Meiser 11'7" for 5/6/7. Heavy for trout and light for steelhead or salmon over about 15 #, but works for everything else.
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This is one of those mental exercise questions that are fun to think about, but have no practical use.
I'll agree with this. How's that for copping out?
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nooksack, juro, and Mark, come on, no copping out!!! Armageddon has come and only one of your rods has survived the apocalypse! What are you going to fish for and with?!?!?!?!

Any mental exercise related to fishing absolutely has a practical use. It makes you think about fishing!!!
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