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  1. #1
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    Aug 2009
    Pelham, AL

    Default 4wt ok in Cherokee trophy section?

    I posted this on another forum and have 20 views with no replies (I guess no one has an opinion to express over there) Anyone here have some advice or thoughts?

    My wife and I will be going to Cherokee for a few days in May and our resources are limited in that she has a 4 wt and I have both a 5wt and 7 wt.

    Presuming she sticks with her 4 wt.... What tippet size should we go with? I was thinking a 4x floro but I've never fished those waters. She is using a 5 ft uni-thread furled leader but we can switch to a floro leader if we need to. Is the 4wt asking for too much from her and should I just give her my 5 wt and me fish the 7wt?


  2. #2
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    Dec 2008
    Kannapolis, NC

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    A 5wt-6wt is perfect. There are some huge fish in the Oconoluftee River C&R section, so a stouter rod is better. They can be pretty picky, but if you stay consistent you'll hook up. Palomino trout (albino rainbows) are found here which is just an added bonus to an excellent fishery.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Pelham, AL


    Thank you, Tyler. I presume you are saying that the 4wt is a little too light for the C&R section with those big boys cruising around. Guess I'll let her use my 5 wt and I'll use the 7 wt

  4. #4
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    Jan 2006
    Seymour, Tn


    I think if you used the 4wt and her the 5 , will work out just fine. I used a 4wt and 5x with no problems - you might tie into a hot fish here and there, and as stockers go, may give you some fight (mostly momentum from thier porcine builds)- but nothing a 4wt coudln't handle. 'Course I only make it over the mountain once a year in the wintertime, they may put in bigger fish than the 5+lbers we were yanking on...

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  5. #5
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    Mar 2008
    Birmingham, AL


    I think a 4wt is fine. If she is concerned about it, you can trade with her. You have to remember that the rod weight is really what is able to throw the line which will throw the fly and not the size fish you are able to catch. To exagerate the point, you can point the rod directly at the fish and fight him from the reel. Of course then you lose any tippet protection from the flex of the rod. Since switching over to bamboo, I have learned to fight the fish with the butt section of the rod and not with the tip, and it is amazing how much control you have over the fish and how quickly you can tire them. Fish the 4wt and use your normal tippet for the size of the fly and enjoy yourself.

  6. #6
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    Nov 2008
    Waynesville NC


    I use a 4 weight rod with a reel rigged with 5 weight over there, I use 6X fluro if i am going small using small myphs or SJ's but I will tie on bid streamers and fish heavier fluro tippet material, gmreeves is on the $ about using the rod to work fish. If you have ever seen the rod-to-water bottle- over the chair, trick (thank you Mr. Kent Edmonds) it really showns you where your power in the rod is. Put em on the reel and work those fatty's
    If it swims throw a fly at it!

    Barry Murphy
    828-400-3335 (Cell)
    "Healing Those Who Serve"

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