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    Default Go to Mountain Fly Rod

    Although I have had several Fly Rods over the years, when it's time to feed the Rhodo's I prefer my Sage TXL, 7'10", 3wt -3pc. What's your stick of choice in the mountains?
    Last edited by DryFly1; 08-22-2020 at 04:00 PM.
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    My favorite rod for years has been a 9 ft 4 wt. But lately, I've been going to a 9 ft 6 wt. I like the extra fighting power of a 6 wt.

    Jim Parks
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    I have several I use in the GSMNP depending on exactly which streams I am on.

    Sage 389 LL
    Sage 486 VPS Light
    Orvis Western 804
    Sage Trout LL 490

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    For Small Smoky Streams
    Winston LT 2wt. 7'9" 5 piece
    Cabelas 4wt. 6'6" fiberglass 3 piece

    "Brown 2wt Winston/Orvis I Battenkill Reel"
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    Here lately a Scott g 8’4” 4 wt. I also have a couple of Walter Babb bamboo rods the see a good bit of use. For years about all I Fished was a sage 590 rpl 4 piece I’ve had for 25 or so years.

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    It depends on the water for me. Small streams are almost always on my bamboo when dry flies are being thrown. I also have a TFO 7’6” fiberglass that I use on these small streams. In the bigger water I use a Euro setup quite a bit. 10’6” Cortland MKII is what I use for that. I just picked up a Sage Trout LL 8’6” 5wt that I am anxious to try out as well.

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    For most smaller streams and fishing, a 3-weight no shorter than 8'. My most-used rods are an 8' 3-weight , a 10' 3-weight, and for smallmouth and trout streamers, a 9' 7-weight.
    Specks: the other pink meat.

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    10 Orvis Clearwater 3wt with Lamson Liquid Reel for nymphing.
    89 TFO Finess 5 wt With Orvis Battenkill reel for everything else

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    I built a 6 ft., 2 wt. rod just for small streams as you find in the park. Have a 7 ft., 5 wt. and 6-1/2, 4 wt. that I use, too. One can never had too many fly rods!
    John Torchick

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