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Old 08-17-2010, 10:17 PM
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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"?
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:19 PM
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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.

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Old 08-17-2010, 11:29 PM
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No question 7'7" I use a 7'9" that is perfect in the smokeys
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:41 AM
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My 2 cents... 8'4"

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Old 08-18-2010, 06:15 AM
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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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Old 08-18-2010, 08:16 AM
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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.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:32 PM
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Jason--I'm a staunch proponent of longer rods. Get the 8'4" (and the 4-weight is a fine choice). Also, there was considerable interchange on this subject a few weeks back. You might want to do some looking at the various opinions as well as the rationale which underlay them. A bunch of folks had sound points.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:33 PM
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Hey Jim I remember seeing an old picture of Mark Cathey in your book holding a fly rod. I thought it looked like a pretty long 9' rod am I mistaken? Just trying to get some perspective on what old timers like Mr. Cathey used when fishing in the smokies.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:39 PM
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My favorite Smoky's rod is my 8' 4" Scott G2 in 3wt configuration.

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Old 08-18-2010, 03:44 PM
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I'd go 8'4" either way but like Jeff said I'd go 3 wt. I'm looking for one now albeit I'm looking at the Winston BIIx 3 wt.
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