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Thread: What's your preferred rod for Smokies fishing?

  1. #11
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    I have sage 4711 , 7ft11in 4wt. Nice dry fly rod
    I use a 9ft 5wgt home built St Croix for everything else

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    Well, I haven't fished the Smokies yet, but since my plan is to fish small streams, I'm planning on going small. I love glass rods. I'm planning on bringing a 6'6" Eagle Claw Featherlight 4/5wt and my favorite rod, my Fenwick FF85 7'6" armed with a Medalist 1492AK. This should cover me for tight brushy streams and medium streams as well.

    I am in the market for a short 3wt glass rod. I don't know if it's in the budget before my trip but I sure hope so.

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    My two favorites for small streams are a 7' 4 wt bamboo built on the Kiley 8040 taper and 7.5' Orvis 99 bamboo 4 wt. For bigger water I prefer my 8' 5 wt built on the Dickerson 8013 taper. For an all purpose rod, it's tough to beat a Southbend 290/291. Can you tell I have a bit of an addiction?

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    My favorite is an old Scott G, 8' #4 from the 80's. Also a Sage VPS Light, 7'9" #3.

    Have a 6' Diamondback Glass #2 that I bought last year but haven't fished. With all the stuff that's happened since I got it, have yet to make it to the mtns, but I think it'll be sweet in the high elevation streams.

    I think the ideal rod for Little River might be 8'6" #4.

    stwve
    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, unless they fly fish... with apologies to Thoreau

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    So far from my limited experience of fishing the smokies I am finding that a slightly longer rod is better and am enjoying using my Orvis Helios 8ft 6 4wt as it reaches over the current seams and helps get a better drift. I have also used my 7ft 6 st croix 2wt which is fun but so far fishing the little river the longer rod wins.

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    My go to rod is a Winston 8'9" 3 wt. If it's small stream brookie fishing then it's a TFO 8' 2wt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldman View Post
    7.5 4wt. Loomis GLX They are both superb rods.

    My fishing bud would prob pick a tenkara though.
    Both are gems.

  8. #18
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    Orvis TLS 8'4" 3wt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dukejb View Post
    My two favorites for small streams are a 7' 4 wt bamboo built on the Kiley 8040 taper and 7.5' Orvis 99 bamboo 4 wt. For bigger water I prefer my 8' 5 wt built on the Dickerson 8013 taper. For an all purpose rod, it's tough to beat a Southbend 290/291. Can you tell I have a bit of an addiction?

    Man I love your addiction. I have a similar one. If there is a 12 step program i am in need of it badly.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

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    I have 2 TFO professionals one is a 9' 5wt the other a 7'6" 3wt. I love both and the 3wt is really light but if I'm fishing the MPLP or WPLP or little river I always grab the 9 footer. I actually think my next rod will be a BVK 10' 4wt. Gotta love a long rod especially with the water up this year.
    Tad

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