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Thread: New all around rod for smokies

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    Default New all around rod for smokies

    Hi all, i know this is such a broad and opinionated subject and thera are the long and short factions and the light and the heavy camp.I'm wanting to get a Scott G2 for all around Smokies rod.I'm pretty sure I want a 4 weight.Should I get the 7'7" or the 8'4"?
    Thanks,
    Jason

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    Jason,

    I am much less skilled than others on here, but IMHO go with the 8'4". Most of the casting you do will be roll casting (if you want to stay out of the trees) and that few extra inches will give you the extra momentum you need to get some line out and a good presentation at a distance (relatively speaking). That said, the shorter rod would work fine too though and would be a bit better if you like fishing the tiny streams up high. I don't so I stick with the longer rod. JMO.

    Dwayne

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    No question 7'7" I use a 7'9" that is perfect in the smokeys

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    My 2 cents... 8'4"
    Adam
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    Default Shorter rod for me

    I started fishing the park with a 6-1/2 or 7 ft. rod. However, I do like to fish small streams and built a 6 ft. 2 wt. just for that purpose. Works good on LR and medium size streams, too. Started to build a 5 ft. rod but got a good deal on the 6 ft. blank.

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    8FT 4WT 4PC my best all around rod, my original cortland pack rod w/crown11 reel, serves me best for all around fishing in the GSMNP.
    Fishhead

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    I would go with the shorter rod. You don't have to roll cast everything with a shorter rod as it stays under the trees better. This has been my experience from using both a 9', 7'6", and 6'6".
    Good luck

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    I have everything from a 5' rod to a 8'4" that run the range from a 2wt to a 6wt....they all have their place....I have fished my little Orvis one ounce 6'6" rod on every bit of water and have caught fish up to 16" on it...best rod for all circumstances if I had to choose would be my 7'6" 4wt...you need to cast whatever you decide because how it feels and works in your hands makes the difference....good luck and let us know what you choose.

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    If you are looking for an "all around" rod that you can cast on streams like the little river, roll cast on tight streams, & high stick.....I'd go with the 8'4".

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    Thanks for all the input guys.I've owned and cast alot of different rods over the years,but all my fishing has been done on stillwaters.Stream fishing is still a mystery.I love GSMNP and plan to fish it soon.

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