Author Topic: Fly Rod for streamers  (Read 1116 times)

OL_JR

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Fly Rod for streamers
« on: April 09, 2013, 06:36:31 PM »
         Looking for some suggestions on a Fly Rod set up for streamer fishing.  I generally just use a plain 5 wt with floating line as an all purpose but wouldn't mind getting something a little beefier for chucking some heavier weighted streamers. 
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Re: Fly Rod for streamers
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2013, 06:50:50 PM »
Not much for suggestions from me shrubs,, I am like you I run a 5 wt as an all round utility rod. Mind you I also run mainly dry flies or small wets as well.

I racked my recourses this winter looking for a couple nice rods to use as light mooching rods for lake trout but can not find any. Lots of mooching rods but none light I also thought about going with a couple fly rods but man by the time you get into anything heavy enough you are looking at big bucks,, like in the $400.00 range,, little pricey to stack 2 of them on a boat. I am heading to the coast again this summer and will see what they have out there..

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Re: Fly Rod for streamers
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 12:23:43 AM »
         Looking for some suggestions on a Fly Rod set up for streamer fishing.  I generally just use a plain 5 wt with floating line as an all purpose but wouldn't mind getting something a little beefier for chucking some heavier weighted streamers.

Not sure how experienced you are fly fishing and hope this does not come across as condescending.
 
If it is a dedicated Streamer rod I would suggest a 6 wt at very least. Possibly seven or eight for larger rivers or if you see yourself fly fishing for pike in the future. I would also consider getting a weight forward sink tip line instead of using a floating line with weighted streamers. The weighted streamers will make casting more difficult and the lighter the fly the easier it is to cast. What ever you decide on if you get to the water and the fly is too big for your set up or its just difficult to cast first move is shortening the leader. The BVK series of the TFO rods are great in this weight range and hard to beat for the price. If you can try casting a few rods before buying, it would be a great idea to pick out one of these large fly's you mention and tie it on and cast it. The rod will behave night and day differently with a large wind catching fly on the end. It will be easier when if is wet(a little more streamlined). There are plenty of great reels out there for very reasonable prices. Some people talk about balance between the reel and rod and it is a factor but...... the balance changes as the line leaves the rod and reel and is airborne. If unsure go to the lighter side on the reel choice if you need to decide between two reels.

OL_JR

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Re: Fly Rod for streamers
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 08:10:32 PM »
               I'd be using it mainly for fishing streams mainly the clearwater.  I find the clearwater tends to call for some heavier weighted streamers to get down fast enough in spots and the 5wt just feels to light sometimes by the time your done adding weight.  Well most of the time actually.   

               Wouldn't mind keeping it under a couple hundred bucks rod and reel.  TFO line looks promising lad gonna have to get to the store and handle a few here soon.
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