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  1. #21
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    Just say when Shawn and I'll meet you for a day of "fish&fun"........Bob

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    it will always be a point of discussion because there is no right/wrong answer IMO
    Quote by tnflyfisher.
    You get as many answers as there are people replying. It is a matter of preference for the individual. I fished North River a few years ago with a 7 ft. 5 wt. and never had more than the leader and about a foot of line out; drifted a chartreuse pheasant tail in fishy-looking spots. Did quite well. One of the best flies and I lost it!!!!!
    I built a 6 ft. Tigereye, 2/3 wt. for the Smokies and small streams. I use an Orvis 2 wt. DT and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knothead View Post
    Quote by tnflyfisher.
    You get as many answers as there are people replying. It is a matter of preference for the individual. I fished North River a few years ago with a 7 ft. 5 wt. and never had more than the leader and about a foot of line out; drifted a chartreuse pheasant tail in fishy-looking spots. Did quite well. One of the best flies and I lost it!!!!!
    I built a 6 ft. Tigereye, 2/3 wt. for the Smokies and small streams. I use an Orvis 2 wt. DT and love it.
    Perfect example... I fished the North earlier this year with my go-to 9' 4wt. and also did well with a 11" bow as my biggest out of that river. Looking forward to going back up there again this fall!

    Can't imagine a 6' as my 7'9" is borderline too short for my tastes. I just like having more line control. I will however reach for the shorter rod (4pc.) for ease of packability when I head into the backcountry. As already suggested, I think it's hard to beat a good 8' 4wt. or 5wt. rod to do it all in the park. Again, just my opinion.

    Tight Lines,

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    FWIW, as a rodbuilder, I has seen that the 8-1/2 ft. 5 wt. is one of the most popular rods for E. Tennessee and W. NC. Great all-around rod!

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