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NodakflyerJanuary 7th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Posts: 2Hey guys and gals. I'm somewhat new to fly fishing, had a rod in highschool and tied my own patterns and whatnot. I'm looking for a solid rod combo that I can get back in the groove with. Also planning a trip to Iceland in June.
WbranchJanuary 7th, 2019, 5:13 pm
York & Starlight PA

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We need more data. What species are you planning on fishing for the most? Trout, bass, Atlantic salmon, sea trout? How long a rod would you like to have? For most freshwater fishing you really can't go wrong with a 8' 6" or 9" #6 fly rod. When you buy the reel I would suggest buying an extra spool and put a weight forward #5 on that spool so you can go one line size lighter with the #6 rod and use smaller dries and nymphs and get a lighter, less conspicuous, presentation with the lighter line.

Orvis makes a very nice combo called the "Encounter". It comes with a nice crisp action rod, a nice large arbor reel, line and backing. I saw a 9' #4 Encounter on Saturday at Bass Pro and it is a very nice backup rod, or a first rod, for a newcomer to fly fishing. It is a 4 piece rod and comes with a cloth sack and hard case. It was on sale for $135. It usually lists for $170.00.

Here is a link to that rod on the Orvis web site;
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
NodakflyerJanuary 8th, 2019, 8:33 am
Posts: 2Thanks for the reply. Mainly targeting pond stocked rainbows, panfish, and spring walleyes in the big lake. I had my doubts whether or not a #6 would be a suitable weight, but I would like around a 9 or so footer.
WbranchJanuary 8th, 2019, 11:18 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2417
A #6 weight 9' modern fly rod is fine for all the species you have mentioned. If you plan of throwing larger streamers for walleyes you can buy an extra spool for the reel and buy a sink tip WF#7 line to give you better casting with less effort with larger streamers.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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