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01-19-2009, 10:13 AM
I fish a lot from a boat where we are bass fishing larger lakes here in alabama. I also like to drift boat fish on the hiwasse. My question is I am thinking about buying a 10' rod for these applications. Does any one have any knowledge or comments on 10' rods. Are they good or just a waste of money. I want better hook setting capabilities when long amounts of line are out on the water and better contol ability in tailwaters. I have never used one and am just trying to get the pro's and con's on a longer rod.

01-19-2009, 12:52 PM
10' rods are fine...as long as you have enough room to cast...

01-19-2009, 01:06 PM
I have a buddy (can't use his name), that is a big proponent of using 10 ft fly rods. He showed me how well the extra foot aids in lifting a lot of line off the water for upstream mending. When casting from a drift boat, you can make a long cast and while holding the long belly in the air, lay out a reach upstream and you don't have to make a lot of constant mends. I would say if you fish from a drift boat a lot, or do a lot of nymphing on big water, a 10 ft rod would be ideal.
If you float & fly during the winter for bass, the 10 ft would be good also when tossing those long leaders with an indicator.
I like the St. Croix legend ultra 10 ft fly rods.

01-19-2009, 01:11 PM
would you want a faster action rod with this added length. The action I tend to like the most is a 6.0 midflex on the orvis scale or like the winston action on the IM6 models.

01-19-2009, 01:29 PM
Yes, I think you want a slightly faster action if your wanting to make the really long cast especially if your fishing rivers where the wind can pick up.
A med action rod can wear you out trying to throw long distances against the wind. I fish really slow and short rods also(fiberglass 5-6 wts), but reserve those for smaller rivers where cast are 50-60 ft maximum and I am wading, casting under overhanging limbs, and wind is usually not bad.

01-19-2009, 01:57 PM
yes I to use shorter rods when wading. And I have an 8ft fiberglass 4wt I love. But I think you are right for the longer cast I would need the faster action of the 10ft rods.

01-19-2009, 02:41 PM
Thought of another useful tech. with these faster 10ft rods I used to do when I had a boat with a casting deck. You said your fishing from a boat on lakes.
I always enjoyed getting out early on a local lake when the bass and stripes were eating minnows on the surface before the sun got bright and higher in the sky.
keep the line and floating fly out in front of you, make a quick roll cast , back cast into a double haul and shoot line out to the "break" before your buddy can wind in and recast! crease flys and wiggle minnows work good for this technique.
I miss having a boat :frown:

01-19-2009, 03:17 PM
That is a good point. Troutman you have just about sealed my decision. Who do you think would make the best rod in this catagory? I will tell you now I am not a Temple Fork Fan. I do like orvis, st. croiux and winstons. I just hate to spend winston money in this economy.

01-19-2009, 04:23 PM
the very best 10ft. rods on the market are the old g loomis GLX fr series 2 piece i have a fr1205 one of my favorite ,fast action. i also have a gloomis imx fr 1204 2 piece med fast action .i have been lookin for a fr1204 glx for 3 yrs . i have owned sage 10ft z axis not as good as the g loomis. scott has a new series with a fast action 10 ft., have not been able to cast one yet . i know of a new glx 10ft 6wt. if interested pm me at sizor@tds.net for info.

01-19-2009, 04:39 PM

I have always like loomis in my bass tackle and have owned 1 loomis flyrod. They are nice. However, right now they are slightly out of my budget from what I have seen on their website. But you are right they are great rods and opens the door for maybe holding off a short period and buying one later. Also I was thinking on a seven weight rod. Thanks

01-19-2009, 05:35 PM
I love Loomis rods also. I just sold a metolius HLS 9ft 6wt recently to a friend. I had a chance to buy a 9ft 6wt GLX from Wynns years ago when they were going out of business at a great price (cost) but I hesitated and lost out. :frown:
The only 10 ft 7wts that i know of in the mid price range of $300-$400 is the St. Croix LU and the Redington CPX 10 ft 7wt (owned by Sage)
I have not cast any of the redington CPS or CPX rods but they have a good reputation.
I have owned several and still do own 1 LU and they are quality built.

01-19-2009, 05:47 PM
the 6 wt. i was talking about is in your neck of the woods i haven't cast the st croix but have own a 9ft. rod i really like. and they are quality.

01-19-2009, 05:49 PM
After looking at several websites it looks like the st. croiux maybe the way to go. If I buy another standard rod such as a 9' 6wt it will probably be a loomis. With that being said I may also research in buying up a blank and having me a rod built. Any thoughts on that?

01-20-2009, 03:03 PM
Hear hear for Loomis glass rods for bass, 7 wt for smallies, and 8 wt for largemouth. Have also found it helpful to overline one weight with stiff rod throwing deer hair fly and large poppers.

01-20-2009, 03:12 PM
where are you finding loomis glass rods. I did not see them on their website. I would definately be interested in one of those. I do still want a 10' 7wt rod though just for me I think.

01-21-2009, 05:15 PM
What about the sage flight series rods? Any thoughts on those. I have never owned a sage but I see they have a 10' 7wt. Is this a good line of sage or is it a low line for sage? American made or korean made? Better than the TFO professional?