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Thread: Rod and reel recommendations for GSMNP.

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    Default Rod and reel recommendations for GSMNP.

    I would appreciate any suggestions on a rig for the mountains

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    Jim,

    My favorite setup just to use in the mountains or small streams is a medium to slow action 8 foot 4wt rod. It is short enough that I don't feel crowded in tighter cover but it is still long enough that I have a good amount of reach and control over the line once it is on the water. It is light enough that I can feel even the small fish but has enough line weight to throw nymphs and small streamers.
    A nice small light reel is the way to go. The Orvis Battenkill BBS II is perfect though I would love to have a little Bauer for my rod.

    Daniel

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    My fav small stream setup:
    4 pc 6.6' 2wt
    3wtDT line
    3' Furled leader

    Mid size stream setup
    2 pc 7.5' 5wt
    5wtF line
    4' Furled leader
    John

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    Small streams setup:

    3 wt TFO Finesse Seris
    4 Wt Triangle Taper (white) w/ the first foot, foot and half cut off the tip.(pinpoint accurate) "trim the tip".
    Reel - Makes no diffrence it just holds line. I like the he Orvis Battenkill MA II. If I wasn't so hard on equipment I would get a Bauer. That is a very nice reel as well.
    6X tapperd leader 7-1/2 to 9'-0.
    Fly's #14 #16 #18

    Good fishing to you

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    Small streams setup:

    3 wt TFO Finesse Seris
    4 Wt Triangle Taper (white) w/ the first foot, foot and half cut off the tip.(pinpoint accurate) "trim the tip".
    Reel - Makes no diffrence it just holds line. I like the he Orvis Battenkill MA II. If I wasn't so hard on equipment I would get a Bauer. That is a very nice reel as well.
    6X tapperd leader 7-1/2 to 9'-0.
    Fly's #14 #16 #18

    Good fishing to you

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    4wt 7.5ft St. Croix Avid with 3-4wt Sage 1600 is my favorite set up for most Park Rivers

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    I agree with the 4wt suggestion. I have an orvis superfine 8'0 4wt 6.0 flex and love it. I also have a 5wt 8'6" winston but find it over kill. I used a 3 wt 7'6" orvis silverlable 4.0 flex but never trully liked it. My opinion is the 8' 4wt is perfect.
    Last edited by flyred06; 08-16-2007 at 05:21 PM.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

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