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HuskerFlyFisher
08-14-2013, 07:12 PM
I have a Cabela's 4/5 wt. 9 footer, but I've been contemplating a 3/4 wt. 8.5 footer.

What's the rod length/weight of choice for all you Smokies fishers?

billyspey
08-14-2013, 07:27 PM
7.5 4wt. Loomis gl3

flyred06
08-14-2013, 08:36 PM
sage zxl 3wt 8 1/2 ft
for smaller creeks scott g2 3wt 7'7''
payne parabolic bamboo 7'9" 5wt



I believe an 8 ft 4wt would be the perfect rod

2weightfavorite
08-14-2013, 09:59 PM
spring and winter I love my 10 foot Cortland. all summer and in low water I like my 8.5 or 9 foot 3 weight. I like my Ross rods.. They are light action and get a little more play out of even the smaller fish. I will add that I have also had no major problems landing fish 18in plus on them.

SmokyMt4runner
08-14-2013, 10:14 PM
My fav, mostly only fish with a dry, is my 7Ft 2WT.

Love it....


Jim

pmike
08-14-2013, 10:16 PM
I have a St Croix Legend Ultra that is 7'9" and it is my favorite Smokies rod. It has plenty of back bone for tossing tandem rigs without a hitch and can also handle a large fish with no problem...yet you can enjoy feeling the "fight" of smaller fish that are more common in the mountains.

Mike

MadisonBoats
08-15-2013, 06:28 AM
You might be surprised with this one...I finally let the secret out on this rod. One of the best rods I have ever thrown at an insane price. Good luck on finding one used or new.
http://www.bobwards.com/prodimages/30206-DEFAULT-l.jpg

buzzmcmanus
08-15-2013, 06:59 AM
TFO, Finesse. 8'9", 3-weight.

Oldman
08-15-2013, 07:08 AM
7.5 4wt. Loomis gl3
7.5 4wt. Loomis GLX They are both superb rods.

My fishing bud would prob pick a tenkara though.

narcodog
08-15-2013, 08:05 AM
11ft Tenkara or an 8ft Orvis Battenkill although I now have a 7 1/2 ft new cane rod.

swamp
08-15-2013, 08:05 AM
I have sage 4711 , 7ft11in 4wt. Nice dry fly rod
I use a 9ft 5wgt home built St Croix for everything else

The-Sasquatch
08-15-2013, 10:10 AM
Well, I haven't fished the Smokies yet, but since my plan is to fish small streams, I'm planning on going small. I love glass rods. I'm planning on bringing a 6'6" Eagle Claw Featherlight 4/5wt and my favorite rod, my Fenwick FF85 7'6" armed with a Medalist 1492AK. This should cover me for tight brushy streams and medium streams as well.

I am in the market for a short 3wt glass rod. I don't know if it's in the budget before my trip but I sure hope so.

Dukejb
08-15-2013, 11:16 AM
My two favorites for small streams are a 7' 4 wt bamboo built on the Kiley 8040 taper and 7.5' Orvis 99 bamboo 4 wt. For bigger water I prefer my 8' 5 wt built on the Dickerson 8013 taper. For an all purpose rod, it's tough to beat a Southbend 290/291. Can you tell I have a bit of an addiction?

Stonefly
08-15-2013, 01:30 PM
My favorite is an old Scott G, 8' #4 from the 80's. Also a Sage VPS Light, 7'9" #3.

Have a 6' Diamondback Glass #2 that I bought last year but haven't fished. With all the stuff that's happened since I got it, have yet to make it to the mtns, but I think it'll be sweet in the high elevation streams.

I think the ideal rod for Little River might be 8'6" #4.

stwve

Brownie
08-15-2013, 05:05 PM
So far from my limited experience of fishing the smokies I am finding that a slightly longer rod is better and am enjoying using my Orvis Helios 8ft 6 4wt as it reaches over the current seams and helps get a better drift. I have also used my 7ft 6 st croix 2wt which is fun but so far fishing the little river the longer rod wins.

Dancing Bear
08-15-2013, 07:10 PM
My go to rod is a Winston 8'9" 3 wt. If it's small stream brookie fishing then it's a TFO 8' 2wt.

billyspey
08-15-2013, 07:14 PM
7.5 4wt. Loomis GLX They are both superb rods.

My fishing bud would prob pick a tenkara though.

Both are gems.

Flyrod
08-15-2013, 07:30 PM
Orvis TLS 8'4" 3wt

flyred06
08-15-2013, 10:13 PM
My two favorites for small streams are a 7' 4 wt bamboo built on the Kiley 8040 taper and 7.5' Orvis 99 bamboo 4 wt. For bigger water I prefer my 8' 5 wt built on the Dickerson 8013 taper. For an all purpose rod, it's tough to beat a Southbend 290/291. Can you tell I have a bit of an addiction?


Man I love your addiction. I have a similar one. If there is a 12 step program i am in need of it badly.:biggrin:

tlshealy
08-16-2013, 12:05 AM
I have 2 TFO professionals one is a 9' 5wt the other a 7'6" 3wt. I love both and the 3wt is really light but if I'm fishing the MPLP or WPLP or little river I always grab the 9 footer. I actually think my next rod will be a BVK 10' 4wt. Gotta love a long rod especially with the water up this year.
Tad

Float On
08-16-2013, 08:16 AM
TFO, Finesse. 8'9", 3-weight.

I have the TFO Finesse 7'9" 3 wt. I fish the smaller tight streams and does well. It's a great rod even when I occasionally fish for the hatchery fish. I was surprised at how far I could cast with it.

How does the long version compare to the short one? I need to hit LRO and test it.

Bran
08-16-2013, 08:52 AM
Winston BIIX 8'9 3 wt.

buzzmcmanus
08-16-2013, 10:21 AM
How does the long version compare to the short one? I need to hit LRO and test it.

I use to exclusively fish a 7'9" rod and since going longer, I'll never look back. For every instance where I wish I had a shorter rod, there's 5 where I'm glad I have a longer rod. Let's just say that I no longer fish any of my shorter rods anymore. 8'9" is the shortest rod I fish and I wish it were 3" longer. I do fish some tiny speck streams and just have no use for a shorter rod.

Keep in mind, I don't always fish the same way most folks on the board do. There's none of this no wading, long delicate presentations, hugging the banks stuff for me. I wade right in and high stick dry flies through the runs. I'm far more concerned about getting a perfect drift the first time a fly passes over a fish.

Works for me. Your results may vary.

Dukejb
08-16-2013, 01:24 PM
Man I love your addiction. I have a similar one. If there is a 12 step program i am in need of it badly.:biggrin:

Flyred,

I don't know of any 12 step programs, but I've found a very effective 1 step program. Step 1 - have a kid. Then you don't have any time or money to feed the habit. I must say she's worth it though (and she got a pink Abel for her first Christmas):biggrin:

Float On
08-16-2013, 02:00 PM
I use to exclusively fish a 7'9" rod and since going longer, I'll never look back. For every instance where I wish I had a shorter rod, there's 5 where I'm glad I have a longer rod. Let's just say that I no longer fish any of my shorter rods anymore. 8'9" is the shortest rod I fish and I wish it were 3" longer. I do fish some tiny speck streams and just have no use for a shorter rod.

Keep in mind, I don't always fish the same way most folks on the board do. There's none of this no wading, long delicate presentations, hugging the banks stuff for me. I wade right in and high stick dry flies through the runs. I'm far more concerned about getting a perfect drift the first time a fly passes over a fish.

Works for me. Your results may vary.

I feel that 200$ slipping away for the longer version. I've been making excuses to not get it for 2 months now. To many times I've hit a spot where that extra reach would allow me to high stick over a run and keep my fly from getting yanked out of a pocket.

Sounds like we fish the same way. I'm rarely standing on dry land. Standing in waist deep water with my eyeballs barely able to see over the rock I'm hiding behind, I look like I'm stalking my prey instead of fishing. :biggrin:

PeteCz
08-19-2013, 10:22 AM
To many times I've hit a spot where that extra reach would allow me to high stick over a run and keep my fly from getting yanked out of a pocket.

I agree with Buzz 1000%. I used to fish with a 7'6" TFO on small streams and a 9' St. Croix Avid on tailwaters. But once I started using the 9' on small streams I never went back. Although getting a fly into the right spot is important, what the fly does when its on the water is even more important. A perfect cast into a tea cup is great, but if it immediately turns into a motor boat it won't catch many fish. A long rod affords you more opportunity to control your drift in tight spots than a short rod would any day. My $0.02

jeffnles1
08-24-2013, 09:00 PM
9' 4wt Winston BIIt.

Rog 1
08-26-2013, 11:07 AM
Like most of us I have too many rods and not enough days to fish them all...for the smaller "cricks" I love to fish my Orvis original one ounce...6'6" 2 wt....smallest of my rods but have caught my two largest fish in the park on it...a 14" brown and a 16" bow...at the other end is my Orvis Helios...8'4" 3wt...

chechem
08-26-2013, 02:33 PM
8'6", 5-wt TFO. But I fish Wooly Buggers often, and I like the versatility of a 5-wt rod. If I fished top water only, I'd use a shorter 3-wt rod, especially on the smaller streams.