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    Smile Murvul New Guy

    Glad to join the message board. I have known Paula and Byron for years and they are an East TN asset. Most of my fishing has been on tail waters but I am excited about focusing on the Smoky streams. I use a Orvis 8.5 foot and have considered a 7 foot three weight for Smoky fishing. Do many people use 7's or is presentation easier with the 8.5. Sometimes the 8.5 feels a little clumsy (or the user does) on smaller streams.

    Kevin P.

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    Hi Kevin,

    I'm glad you joined. Sorry I was on the phone when you were here the other day. I like a rod in the 8' to 8.5' range for the Smokies. Other people like shorter rods. My go to rod for the mountains is an 8' 3" 4 weight.

    See you at the Friends of the Smokies party next month!

    Byron

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    Jun 2008
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    Tennessee
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    Default Welcome

    Welcome to the board kprof! Lots of great people and info here. Its a great place to learn new stuff and to share what you know with others. Good fishing to ya!
    Mark <::><
    Mark <::::><


    "We try to be perfect, but we're only fishermen. We wade out into the water, we don't walk on top of it."

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    The little fishing I've done in the mountains, I wished I had a shorter rod. I use a 8'6" tip flex with a 6 wt line. I would like to have a 7 ft 3 wt.

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    If your wanting the best all around smokies rod. Go with an 8ft 4wt.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2007
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    Maryville, TN
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    Default Religious Discussion...

    You really need to look at what type of fishing you will be doing, even in the park. Small, rhododendron-choked streams will be easier to fish with a short rod, but in general, the longer the flyrod you can get away with, the better job it will do of controlling your line in the mixing currents. The old locals were experts at long cane poles and high-stickin'. There is a lot to be said for that approach in the park. The more line you can keep off the water, the better.

    My preference is an 8'6" 3wt (sometimes I wish I had a 9'6"), but your best bet is to find what works for you.

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

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    Jan 2007
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    Knoxvegas, TN
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    My favorite smokies rod is an 8' 3" 3wt. The 3wt part makes me think 10" is huge, and the 8' 3" part helps more than it hurts.

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