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Thread: Glen Casada on Smokies Flyfishing Myths

  1. #11
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    Jun 2009
    Rock Hill, SC


    Quote Originally Posted by smctrout View Post
    I read with interest Glen Casada's article about Smokies Flyfishing Myths in the last issue of the Little River Journal. One of the points he made was that 9 or even 10-foot rods should be used. I would appreciate a list of at least some of the rods that he recommends.
    smctrout--When I first saw this post I thought maybe I had a long-lost cousin, and then when I read the material I realized you had likely confused my first name with that of a Tennessee legislator. Just wanted to clarify that I'm about as far removed from anything involving politics as one can possibly be.
    That being said, you've gotten some useful answers and/or suggestions on makes and types of longer rods.
    I would add one additional thought revolving around actions: (1) You'll pop more flies off with a fast-action rod (or at least I will) than with a medium-action one. (2) A really slow-action rod of the kind you once got with fiberglass is very forgiving on the hookset but doesn't roll cast particularly well and requires better timing when it comes to casting in general. (3) My personal preference is a medium- to medium-slow action, but that's more because I still, after 60 years astream, have a pronounced penchant to set the hook too hard at times. Do that with a fast, stiff action and you'll have parting of the ways aplenty.
    Jim Casada
    P. S. I'm sort of relieved to see that some others agree with me, because every time I bring the subject up in seminars I raise the hackles of someone or the other who swears by a one-weight fairy wand about six feet in length. My response is simple--if that's what you like best, by all means use it.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Gadsden, Alabama


    I must ask this question, (forgive my ignorance), which is better for the mending and nymphing with indicators? A faster rod or a more medium rod? My biggest problem when fishing moving water is getting good mends. I been told with yarn indicators and double nymph rigs faster rods but is that true? I am really confussed. I have about 10 rods and my favorite is my 8'6" winston 5wt im6 but I am hearing I need a faster rod like the z axis.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Dickson Co. TN


    I guess when it comes to the "fairy wands",wouldn't you think that the newer generations have made them more popular?
    By that I mean when I was coming up in the late 50s and through the 60s,all we had were the cane poles,bamboo,and least when it came to po' boys like me.Although I wasn't into the fly fishing in the mountains,when it comes to a long "pole",that's what we always called them,a long stiff one was the norm,and so it doesn't seem like a big step backwards to use one that's 9' or so in length.
    It's only been since I got interested in mountain fishing that I've seen the difference of light years that's progressed in flyrods.If I wasn't "afeared" of being laughed at,I would use the long fiberglass pole sometimes.

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