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    Default Tailwater rod/reel setups

    Thought it would be neat to see what kind of rod and reel setups you guys are fishing on the tailwaters. My setup is a 8'6" 5 wt TFO Professional Series paired with an Orvis Access II reel. Just got the new reel recently and I'm really liking it.

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    i use a 8ft 9 temple fork med action 5wt spooled with an intermediate sinking line 1.5 -2 inches per sec. my reel is just one i bought at gander mountain on sale for $59 not even sure of its name without digging out the box but it has a drag and works great for me...i carry my 5wt floating line in my vest... but fish mostly a fly that i use which doubles as a soft hackle and a streamer... which suits the line great and catches fish .... i have caught trout blugill catfish bass and crappie on the fly ...
    i fish because the voices in my head tell me to

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbreedi1 View Post
    Thought it would be neat to see what kind of rod and reel setups you guys are fishing on the tailwaters. My setup is a 8'6" 5 wt TFO Professional Series paired with an Orvis Access II reel. Just got the new reel recently and I'm really liking it.
    My primary tailwater rig is a 8'6" 5-wt mid flex Orvis Zero Gravity with a Orvis MidArbor reel. Heavy enough to chunk light streamers, nymph rigs, or even larger dries.

    My backup rig, or when fishing to spooky fish with tiny dries, is a 9' 4-wt Winston Ascent with an Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock reel.

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    9' 4 wt Sage SP
    9' 4wt Sage Z-axis

    Are the only rods I fish on tailwaters

    Reels I either use an Abel #0 or a Sage 2540. Abel on the SP and the 2540 on the Z-Axis.

    Both rods are great, the sp is a little softer then the Z, but still is a fine rod. There is not a finer rod on the market then the Z-axis IMO. On the reels, it is a personal preference thing IMO. I personally think the two I fish are as good as money can buy. However, others may like something else.

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    Waterwolf,

    I am curious as to why you fish only 4 weights on tailwaters, especially the Clinch since that seems to be your main destination. I have used 4 and 5 weights, but mainly 5 weights on the Clinch, SOHO and Holston.

    Neal


    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    9' 4 wt Sage SP
    9' 4wt Sage Z-axis

    Are the only rods I fish on tailwaters

    Reels I either use an Abel #0 or a Sage 2540. Abel on the SP and the 2540 on the Z-Axis.

    Both rods are great, the sp is a little softer then the Z, but still is a fine rod. There is not a finer rod on the market then the Z-axis IMO. On the reels, it is a personal preference thing IMO. I personally think the two I fish are as good as money can buy. However, others may like something else.

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    I use a Scott S4 9' 5WT, an Abel Super 5N reel, and Orvis Power Taper WF5F line.
    LIVE WORK AND FISH LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW

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    My main set-up is:
    9' 5wt Sage Z-axis
    Lamson Litespeed reel
    Rio Grande WF5F line ( like the 1/2 size up for z-axis)
    9' or 12' leader Rio and Seagur tippet
    and I fish midges 95% of my time on the water in both Holston & Clinch
    I find this set-up works OK for me.
    No matter what your set-up, you gotta have confidence in it.
    As you can tell from the many great fishermen on this site, nobody seems
    to use the exact same set-up as another but all are successful at
    the sport.
    "Evil prevails when good men do nothing"

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    Earlier in this thread I said I use my 5 weight XP. I now have a new favorite which I think will be great for the tailwaters of Tenn. It is a 9 ft 4 wgt Hardy Zenith. I have a Ross F2 reel on it. For small flies especially dries I have to say I really love my 8 ft. 4 wgt. Winston Tom Morgan Favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineman19 View Post
    Waterwolf,

    I am curious as to why you fish only 4 weights on tailwaters, especially the Clinch since that seems to be your main destination. I have used 4 and 5 weights, but mainly 5 weights on the Clinch, SOHO and Holston.

    Neal
    Sorry pineman, I just saw this. I might be a little late in responding but here goes

    I prefer a 4wt for no real reason other then it protects 6x tippet better then a 5wt IMO, and they usually lay a fly line down much softer then a 5wt. That alone makes a huge difference IMO on the Clinch when the water is low and clear.

    Personally casting is no different to me on a 4wt versus a 5wt, granted the model and mfg of the rod makes a lot of difference when it comes to this.

    I have always fished a 4 wt. for trout, I have several 5 wts but rarely fish them. I have a brand new 5 wt. SLT that has never been fished, literally. It is a nice rod I just haven't used it. I use a 4wt out west as well, even throwing bigger hoppers. If I need to step up to throw big nymphs or a lot of lead, I will grab a 6 wt. to get that extra back bone I need.

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    Thanks for the input Waterwolf.

    Neal

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