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Old 10-24-2008, 05:48 PM
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Before buying too much new equipment, what is everyones opinion on moving down to a 6ft fly rod versus keeping on using a 8ft fly rod. In some of the areas I fished it seemed that a six footer would be easier to handle with the overhead areas and the backcast. Is there and advantage to a six footer when casting the light flies we used this last trip. Any input will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:10 PM
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I like my 9 footer for the mountain streams. For every place I have a hard time finding room above and behind me, there are two places that I am glad I have the length to get the fly and line out over the water side-armed when hemmed into a tight spot. Also, the places where the backcast does open up, I like being able to cast from distance.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:47 PM
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I'm afraid if I had a nine foot fly rod I would spend a lot of time tangled in the trees. The last time I was out I didn't catch anything in the trees!
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:00 PM
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I own three trout rods, 2- 9 ft.s and 1 6ft. The 6 footer has dust on it. I like the length for mending etc. Just use a roll cast.

Also, Just ignore those suggestions for dropper rigs. Really an attempt by LRO to sell more flies. No wonder their business is doing better.(:>) Dug two sets with dropper flies, out of trees last August. I don't need two flies to tangle up- one is enough!
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:18 PM
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I don't think I will attempt a dropper fly. If I did I'm afraid I would be digging the dropper fly out of the back of my head or off the seat of my waders with the hook firmly in place!!
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:22 PM
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I much prefer a longer rod when fishing the park. It takes a really small stream to make an 8' or 9' rod too large...stick with the length for the advantages it offers and learn to cast from different angles to compensate for the different scenarios you will face...
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:39 PM
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I had an 8' 3wt. Sold it and got a 7' 6" 3wt. I can't tell you how many times I wish I had the 6" back. I recently placed an order for my first bamboo rod, and it will be a 7' 9" 4wt.

I normally fish a dry and dropper in the Smokies, and I'd prefer a rod at 8' or a bit over. But I certainly don't have the experience of a lot of guys here.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:10 PM
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Thanks for the tips. Hey plateau angler, if a nine footer will cause me to catch fish like I see on your blog I'll run to the store right now and buy a dozen!!
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Old 10-25-2008, 05:21 AM
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FG; I fished with a 7'6 and kept feeling as if I needed more, for mending, high sticking, bow & arrow casts, and of course dappling. I bought my 8'6 and I don't think I will be useing that 7'6 in the park anymore. As a matter of fact I am useing my 4wt 9' more in the park and small streams. I am no expert but I would not go shorter.
As far as casting, you can develope non-conventional styles in small water such as side arm to keep out of the trees. And when you do you can teach me
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:40 AM
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gypsy, I already have an unconventional roll cast. Climb on rock, cast, slip off rock, ROLL into water!
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