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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Default Gear?

    I got a few questions, I have a 5-6 wt 9' I am bringing to gatlinburg, I am sure it is over kill but it is what I have, I use it here to Florida, I am sure I need to replace the leader and tippit to get even close to being in the ballpark, any advise guys? What wt's and rod lengths to you guys use around there?

    I see my first stop wensday is LRO

    Any help greatly appreciated


  2. #2
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    Feb 2008

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008


    While I haven't yet fished any of the streams in Eastern TN, I have fished plenty in Western NC w/ my 9' 6 wt.

    I don't know what kind of water you fish in FL, but you'll probably just have to get used to lots of roll casting and knot-untangling...something that 6" of rod length and a weight or two of line isn't gonna change that drastically...And you will probably have to experiment w/ leader length and be sure to stock up on 7x tippet...

    All that being said, I am looking forward to my next rod, which will be something in the 4 piece 3-4 wt range...
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Knoxville, TN


    In the smokies, I use a 6X Leader and 7X tippet, but that is with a 7-6 4wt rod.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Coastal Norf Cack-a-lacky


    9 ft, 5 wt rod. The biggest the end of my line gets is 6x. It works well for me. The length of the rod gives me the ability to reach, roll, and backhand at close distances when I am on the right side of the stream, casting upstream (I am right-handed). It also affords me a little distance when I am on the left side and have backcast room over the stream bed.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Northern Kentucky


    ditto what others have said. Mostly, I use a 9' 5wt or a 9' 4wt with between 5X and 6X tippet. I have used 7X before but haven't seen any real reason to go thinner than 6X.

    I just picked up an 8'4" 3wt from a guy who bought a bamboo rod and was selling his 3wt. I'm itching to use it in the mountains.


  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Gadsden, Alabama


    I use either a 8 1/2' 5wt winston, 7' 4wt troutbum by orvis or my 8' 6wt boo rod. 6 and 7x tippet. Elk hair caddis with a pheasant tail nymph dropper. leaders are about 9 ft long. The never sink caddis is my favorite caddis.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2006


    7'9" 3 weight, 5x leader 5x tippet. Get a good drift and the fish could care less about your tippet size. I also like the 5x because I can pull my fly's back out of the trees a little better. I use a 7.5 foot leader and find it easier to cast when you only have about 10 feet of line out the end of your fishin stick. Unless your jones-in to buy a new rod, your set-up will due just fine.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Bluff City, TN


    I'm with buzz on this one. I mostly use 7 1/2 foot 4X or 5X leaders and add 18" of 5X fluro tippet. I think a good drift trumps smaller tippet every time. During extremely low water I will use 6X fluro tippet and on some of the larger streams I will use a 9 foot leader. But for most of the streams 7 1/2 foot leaders with 5X tippet should get the job done.
    I would also agree with those who have said bring the rod you currently have and if you fall in love with fishing the mountain streams for trout... Find you a nice 8' 4wt, of course that is just my personal preference.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Maryville, TN

    Default I Concur, as well

    I fish mainly with an 8'6" 3wt in the park and rarely go below 5x (in the dead of the summer I may use 6x). Like Mike and Buzz both said, drag is the real issue, not tippet size. The difference in diameter is so microscopic that it really doesn't matter. Plus, fish see all sorts of junk in and around their food all day long. Its only when then see a mayfly water-skiing that they shy away from it...Having a 9' rod will help you keep more line off the water, so your setup should work fine.

    In the park you'll mostly be flip casting and roll casting from across your body and behind boulders and trees. And oh yes, you will get a bunch of flies caught in the brush around the streams so a stronger tippet gives you a shot at yanking a fly out of a tree every once in awhile. (btw, you have next to zero shot of yanking a fly out of a Rhodie, so don't even waste your time...)

    I also use a Blue Sky Furled leader, so all I ever have to do is replace the tippet. I've used the same two for about two years (fished about 30 times with each one) so they are quite durable. They come in sizes to match your fly line and turn over very well (for those times it actually matters).

    Since it sounds like you are coming over soon, you will be doing lots of nymphing and can probably tie about 5' of 4x on the end of your fly line plus a double nymph setup (BH Tellico and a #16 BHPT). You may do best if you head up to the the upper part of the Abrams Creek trail. The water will be a bit warmer than anywhere else...

    Good Luck! Have Fun and take pictures...
    Last edited by PeteCz; 01-27-2009 at 12:22 PM. Reason: Spelling

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