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WI_FisherAugust 27th, 2016, 2:41 pm
Posts: 8Hey new member here. So I recently splurged a little bit a few days ago and bought a sage 3250 5-6 wt reel and im looking for a good rod to go with it. I mostly fish on a smallish stream for trout and occasionally for panfish and bass. I currently have a redington path with a redington drift reel that I like but wanted to treat myself.
My budget is 350 to 400. Thanks for any help.
PartsmanAugust 27th, 2016, 6:00 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
For $425 dollars I like my new orvis 5wt. recon, but shop around, cast rods at your local flyshop and see what feels good to you.

WI_FisherAugust 27th, 2016, 9:33 pm
Posts: 8Two rods that keep jumping out is the Redington vapen and the Redington Hydrogen. Anyone know anything about them? Tried them? I forgot to say that my other rod is a 5wt. Would a 6wt be a bit too much for the #12-#20 flies I use most on the river, or would a 5wt handle the occasional bass fine? The main reason Im looking at Redington is thats what I have. Im going to check a few of the fly shops around me on monday too. Just sorta trying to get peoples opinions of stuff before I go. Thanks
MartinlfAugust 28th, 2016, 8:58 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
I've used my 5 wt for bass plenty of times, but I don't throw big air resistant flies with it, mostly sliders and wooly buggers for smallmouth. A 6 wt would be fine for flies 12-20 with the right tippet and leader.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WI_FisherAugust 28th, 2016, 9:06 pm
Posts: 8Do you think the Hydrogen would be a good choice then? I think thats what im starting to lean towards because then id have two different size rods, the action would be the same as my current rod. Do you think a 5wt or 6wt would be better for what I want to do with it?

AfishinadoAugust 29th, 2016, 7:41 am

Posts: 76
If you already own a decent 5wt, why not look at getting a 6wt for bass and fishing streamers and bigger flies for trout.

Here are comments on the Redington Hydrogen and Vapen from the Yellowstone Angler rod shoot-out:

It's best to try to test cast any rod before you buy. Good luck.
WI_FisherAugust 29th, 2016, 8:23 am
Posts: 8Does anyone know of any other rods that would fit what I'm looking for? The more I look and read about it it seems like the vapen is going to off the list. Thanks for all the help.

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