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 Post subject: Rod suggestions for a new fly fisherman
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 9:01 pm 
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One of my clients (and friends) has some property adjoining a DH stream in southern VA. The river is maybe 25 ft wide. He wants to try fly fishing and is asking for rod suggestions. My thoughts for the specific creek (as described, don't know the name or location) would be something like a 7.5 or 8 ft 4 wt. However, he might also want to try for smallies in the New River, which is only a few minutes away. So maybe an 8 1/2" or 9 ft 5 wt?

If he gets the disease, he will probably buy some other rods. Trying to identify some good beginner rod/reel/line combos at a modest price for him to help him toward the point of no return. Any suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: Rod suggestions for a new fly fisherman
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 9:21 pm 
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I will gladly go down and try out some rods in different lengths and wts for him

9' 5 wt


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 Post subject: Re: Rod suggestions for a new fly fisherman
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:21 pm 
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I second what Donnie said -------9 ft 5 wgt. Very universal set up. If he is going to fish small creeks all the time, a 7 1/2 3wgt is ideal.

I would suggest the 5 wgt to any beginning fisherman. Learn the stroke and then buy more rods

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 Post subject: Re: Rod suggestions for a new fly fisherman
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:27 pm 
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I recommended an out fit from Redington called the Minnow to our buddy jkelly for his son. It looks like this:

http://www.redington.com/fly-fishing-outfits/minnow/

This is a lot more rod than you might think. Not a bad reel, and the line is a RIO Mainstream . It casts and tracks nicely, with plenty of backbone. It's light, and it can easily be handed over to a kid when it's time to upgrade. I know DD likes this one, and I think jay will give it a thumbs up as well.

About $100 for the whole deal. G.O.P. sells them. I'm sure the link will guide you to other dealers as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Rod suggestions for a new fly fisherman
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:24 pm 
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Streamer wrote:
I recommended an out fit from Redington called the Minnow to our buddy jkelly for his son. It looks like this:

http://www.redington.com/fly-fishing-outfits/minnow/

This is a lot more rod than you might think. Not a bad reel, and the line is a RIO Mainstream . It casts and tracks nicely, with plenty of backbone. It's light, and it can easily be handed over to a kid when it's time to upgrade. I know DD likes this one, and I think jay will give it a thumbs up as well.

About $100 for the whole deal. G.O.P. sells them. I'm sure the link will guide you to other dealers as well.

Yer Pal,
Streamer



What he said :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Rod suggestions for a new fly fisherman
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:26 am 
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Streamer wrote:

About $100 for the whole deal. G.O.P. sells them.
Streamer


Wait. What? The G.O.P. is selling fly fishing gear now? Fund raising must be tough this early in the election season.

That Minnow kit is a good one though for sure. A kid brought his to the Winston Salem show for a casting lesson. It was a real nice well balanced rig that will hold its own up with the best of them.


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