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Kentucky Kid
04-11-2007, 11:07 AM
I've been fly fishing for a few years now and I've been looking at people's fly rods. I have a five foot-three weight fly rod and I haven't seen anyone with a shorter rod. This is my favorite rod and I fish it all the time. I was wondering what everyone elses smallest rod was. Just curious.

Waterborn
04-11-2007, 11:19 AM
Don't know if this counts but I use to fish Kanati Fork before they closed it and an 8 ft rod was way too big so I would break it down and just use the upper half and effectively make it a 4 ' 4 wt ;) ...

Troutman
04-11-2007, 11:28 AM
You must be a very good caster. I tried a 6 ft rod once in the grass at a fly shop. Had a hard time keeping enough line in the air for cast over 35ft., especially when kneeling. It would have been fine for small brookie streams with dries and short cast but decided against buying it.
The shortest rod I currently have is 7ft 6" and is used primarily as a backup pack rod for hike in trips. All my other rods are 8-9ft.
I've also broken down the longer rods and fished the upper section with the reel and butt section tucked in the back of my wading belt.

WNCFLY
04-11-2007, 02:08 PM
I have a 6ft 4wt for the small streams. It works great when you need a shorter cast.

ruggerfly
04-11-2007, 04:48 PM
............... 7 ft

Rog 1
04-12-2007, 08:46 AM
Converted an old glass rod for my son when he was three....cut an old 8.5 foot garcia condolon down to a four footer.....it would actually cast ok for short distances and several Smoky bows were brought to hand by my son ...then he got older and "stole" my 6.5' one ounce from me....

bamafly
04-12-2007, 11:51 PM
7 ft - 4wt.......and I really love it

ccmmcc
04-13-2007, 09:18 AM
I've been toying with the idea of getting rid of all my rods and just hand casting! :)

Jswitow
04-13-2007, 01:02 PM
8-0. Length, lightest is a 3 wt. If too long I bow and arrow cast......poorly.
Best,
John

Stonefly
04-13-2007, 01:39 PM
I've been toying with the idea of getting rid of all my rods and just hand casting! :)

Isn't that something Lefty does as a demonstration?

sb

WVFlyer
04-14-2007, 03:29 PM
I have two outfits. A 6 wt. 8.5' rod for smallmouth fishing.

The one I always take to the Smokies with me is a 4 wt. 8' rod.

There has been times I wished that 4 wt. was a little shorter, but for the most part it works very well for me.

Grampus
04-14-2007, 05:08 PM
In the early 90's, I saw a woman fishing above the wye with a POCKET FISHERMAN. Yes, the ole Ronco original.

Grampus