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flyred06
11-15-2009, 11:15 AM
Ok we now know peoples favorite 2 flies for the mountains, so now lets see what is your favorite smoky mountain rod. Please give length, line wt and brand. I will start. Right now mine is my 8'6" winston im6 5wt. Its a three piece rod in which I like. However I am in the process of searching for a new rod and I thought I might get some ideas from you guys on what you use and like. Lets see how it goes.

tire guy
11-15-2009, 12:57 PM
Flyred my all around favorite rod is my Sage Z-Axis 9' 5wt. However if I set out to fish dry flies in the mountains then my TFO 9' 2 wt. is my choice. And I usually carry both just in case.

fourx
11-15-2009, 01:26 PM
Flyred-
You can only go downhill from a Winston unless your buying another Winston.
For the Park I go with a 9' (Yes 9') 4wt. im6 Winston.
Loads well with a short line, keeps the line way off the water when high-sticking, protects light tippets, mends like sex, and is very handsome with it's Abel "0".
Don't get me started on my other Winston's.

4X

flyred06
11-15-2009, 03:10 PM
Fourx I feel the same about my winstons but I be honest, I have a deep desire for one of the new sage's.

BlueRaiderFan
11-15-2009, 05:16 PM
I have very limited experience, but I like my little TFO 8ft 4wt. It's not long enough to let me hide as far away as I would like, but it is a lot easier to carry in the mountains than my 6wt.

fly fisherman DK
11-15-2009, 05:53 PM
I like my TFO pro series 8'6" 3wt rod. It's perfect for the brookie streams that my dad and I love to go to.

jeffnles1
11-15-2009, 09:37 PM
My 2 favorite rods for the mountainsa are
1) my Winston BIIt 9' 4wt.
2) my Scott G2 8'4" 3wt.

Both of these are fairly soft action rods and load well with just a little bit of line out. The longer rods give me a little more reach and allow me to keep more line out of the water. Sometimes, I more or less "dapp" the fly into likely looking runs and only have a few inches of fly line outside the tip.

Jeff

Rog 1
11-16-2009, 10:31 AM
For the outtings on those little back country gems I love my little Orvis one ounce 2wt and the rest of the time I have to go with my new Orvis Helios in the 8"4" 3wt....

Varmitcounty
11-16-2009, 10:43 AM
I have an 8' 3wt. Winston bamboo that I love in the park for dry fly fishing.

Bran
11-16-2009, 11:41 AM
And of the few I've tried I'll say my 8'6" BIIX 5 wt. is a great all around rod although I still like my TFO Prof. 4 wt. for it's softness. I would probably enjoy a BIIT 4 wt. but for the money I'll keep using the TFO for now. I'm thinking of getting a BIIX 3 wt. next year maybe.

pmike
11-16-2009, 11:41 AM
...not to mention my most effective Smoky's rod is my 3 weight, 7' 9" St. Croix Legend Ultra, the older three piece model. It does great with dries or nymphs and can easily handle a dry, dropper rig.

Mike

afoshie
11-16-2009, 11:59 AM
Sage Fli 476-4 with dt 4wt line

lauxier
11-16-2009, 02:10 PM
i have a 3wt babb bamboo 7ft,and a 5wt 7'6" that are great--have a scott 4wt fiberglass and a 5 wt redington(south fork) fiverglass that's fun to.have a 5 peice winston 4wt 7'9" thats gooood.several years ago i bought a little winston (not a retro) fiberglass rod 4wt that was fab-someone stole it out of my pickup-Bought a second hand bamboo (won't mention the builder)4wt 5 1/2 ft long,it was a club,like trying to cast with a louisville slugger-had a 3wt winston 8'3" 5 piece,that i gave to my grandson,it was an all time favorite and still is--there's no other rod has that feel like a winston,although i've noticed sage guys really like their rods--that new orvis rod is supposed to be fab-i like rods--about 10 years ago i went bamboo-and bamboo is what i like now

fourx
11-16-2009, 04:01 PM
My 2 favorite rods for the mountainsa are
1) my Winston BIIt 9' 4wt.
2) my Scott G2 8'4" 3wt.

Both of these are fairly soft action rods and load well with just a little bit of line out. The longer rods give me a little more reach and allow me to keep more line out of the water. Sometimes, I more or less "dapp" the fly into likely looking runs and only have a few inches of fly line outside the tip.

Jeff

Nice quill of sticks. People underestimate the long rod's effectiveness.

4X

flyred06
11-16-2009, 10:47 PM
I am really surprized (and pleased) to see all the winston fans on the board. I have two winstons but catch myself going more towards sage, I guesss just to have both. But I do love my winstons also. 9' 6wt and 8'6" 5wt im6.

JohnH0802
11-17-2009, 11:25 AM
I personally love catching fish on my orvis superfine 5 wt 7'6" rod. You can cast a dry all day with a flick of the wrist, while at the same time switch over to casting cone head buggers and the rod still does it with minimal effort. If I was going to be mostly nymphing I would use my Orvis Helios 8'6" 5 wt. I would like to get a 9' 5wt sage vt2 to try out though!

The Principal
11-17-2009, 06:33 PM
I like my TFO 8ft 4wt.

flyred06
11-17-2009, 06:41 PM
The Principle, what part of northeast alabama are you located? I am located here in gadsden and was wondering if you were close to me.

Troutman
11-17-2009, 07:31 PM
For pure dry fly fishing on any of the streams, I really enjoy my lamiglass honey 6.5ft 3wt. a great little rod for backcountry spec fishing. , My second choice of rods and the one that gets used when I plan on nymphing is a St. Croix legend ultra 8.5ft 4wt.

bones
11-17-2009, 09:15 PM
Guess I'll be the oddball; Hardy Glass 3wt (made somewhere other than England) balanced with a made in Alnwick Featherweight. Poormans 'boo and it does both dries and some moderate nymhing, nothing like a conehead bugger though.

WVBrookie
11-17-2009, 09:31 PM
I have two favorite brookie rods:

6' 2wt bamboo (strung with 1 wt line)
5' (one-piece) 2wt bamboo - for really tight quarters


If I'm packing in, I have a 6' (4-piece) 2wt Superfine Trout Bum.

Chris

flyred06
11-17-2009, 10:48 PM
Has anyone had any experiences with the 3wt 9' tfo professional rods?

Bran
11-18-2009, 11:25 AM
I've cast one before and it felt great. I have the 4 wt and it's a nice rod as long as I'm casting dries or staying fairly light. I've pushed mine to the limit casting some weighted Crawdaddy and Bass patterns and it's a fairly slow rod in comparison to others that I have but still a great all around rod especially for the money. Needless to say it's a thrill to hang a 4 pound bass on it.

bredmon930
11-18-2009, 09:52 PM
Flyred, I haven't had any with the pro 3wt. but have experience with the TFO Finesse series 7'9" 3wt, and 8'9" 4wt. I absolutely love them. They are a true med. action and great for dries and long leaders. The 4wt can easily toss a dry dropper rig, and i even toss tandem nymph rigs with one BH and a little lead or sz12 BH bugger with a little lead. The cast with the bugger is exactly the most beautiful thing, but it can toss it if need be. Or it could be my meager casting skills :biggrin:. Ive haven't really heard anyone talk about them much on here, but they are really nice little rods, definately worth the extra 30 bucks if you like a slower action.

JohnH0802
11-18-2009, 10:01 PM
Has anyone fished a Sage VT2 9 ft in 5 wt? This is one I have been looking at for a while....just a thought at this point though.

ruggerfly
11-18-2009, 10:22 PM
JohnH0802,

I used this Sage in a 6 wt. (tried it out while in Alaska--my guide had one). It was a medium/fast action in my opinion. Good rod, but I think that I will stick with my Winston, TFO, & others for the money (one of my favorite rods is a pflueger 8 wt that I picked up at a local store while steelhead fishing in Washington).

My 2 cents.

flyred06
11-18-2009, 10:23 PM
I have actually cast the rods you are speaking of in the finesse series. They are quite nice. I cast a 8'9" just today. As for the sage vt2 rods I would like some idea on those myself. I have a launch 8wt that I love and would like to know more on the flight series if anyone has any info.

JohnH0802
11-18-2009, 11:09 PM
FlyRed06,
I can tell you that I love my Sage FLi 8wt 9' 4 piece fly rod. I have just starting fishing for redfish here in the lowcountry this year and I have caught over 40 redfish since July with it wading in the short spartina grass. The action I would classify is medium/fast, not too stiff and not to soft. It has cast into the wind well form me.

It is this experience with this rod that has me interested in the VT2 series rods.

If you look at my last couple of threads in saltwater fishing you can see pictures of me and my Fli with the fish that I caught.

John

hillbillydave
11-29-2009, 01:25 PM
My two fav rods are a White River Hobbs Creek HC7644 7' 6" 4wt and a St. Croix PF764 7'6" 4wt . I like the shorter rods in the mountains ' they cast dries and nymphs equally well for me. If I'm gona do strickly deep nymphing than I'll fish my St. Croix PF865 8' 6" 5wt it works well for high sticking but not too long .

Denver1911
11-29-2009, 06:59 PM
8', 4wt, brand not important.

buzzmcmanus
11-30-2009, 11:19 AM
8', 4wt, brand not important.
That's the same one I use. Sometimes on smaller streams, I use a 7'9", 3wt, same brand, different model.

Dawgvet
12-05-2009, 01:58 PM
I'd have to go with my trio of:
1) Bill Oyster 8' 5wt bamboo
2) St. Croix Imperial 8'6" 5 wt
3) Dickerson 7613 7'6" bamboo

Haven't found anything in the Smokies I can't handle with one of those yet (but I'd like to ;) )

The Principal
12-07-2009, 12:06 PM
flyrod06,
I am in Cedar Bluff. We may know each other. Are you in the Rainbow City Fly Fishing
Club?

flyred06
12-07-2009, 11:07 PM
Yes Principle I am. I believe I know you. Crosscreek is also in our club. Are you the principle taking the flyfishing course at Gadsden State?

The Principal
12-09-2009, 12:58 PM
No, I wasn't able to take Frank's class. I am one of the guys who went on the Alaska
and Michigan Trips.

Drop me an email pmcwhorter@tds.net

nocona
12-15-2009, 01:35 AM
Flyred-
You can only go downhill from a Winston unless your buying another Winston.
For the Park I go with a 9' (Yes 9') 4wt. im6 Winston.
Loads well with a short line, keeps the line way off the water when high-sticking, protects light tippets, mends like sex, and is very handsome with it's Abel "0".
Don't get me started on my other Winston's.

4X


of all the 6 Winstons i've owned none have made it past 3 months. I've ended up selling them and investing in some "cheaper" rods that are a million times better for fishing the smokies (imho). But I deal with sales reps for rod companies all the time, and the Winson rep. for east tn. is a little cocky, so I am a little biased b/c of that too. I too love longer rods-even on the smaller brook streams though! but the "cheaper" rod i use primarily is a little okuma 7'6 4 wt. And the only other rod I've liked better is a St. Croix Imperial-which is nice, b/c I no longer have to spend over $120 on a rod-my favorite rods are in the right price range!