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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2016, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie set up?

Thinking on buying a fly fishing setup, fish mainly small streams around Johnstown , Cambria county. Looking at Reddington 8ft crosswater kit for bout $110.00? Good bad? I like nymph n terrestrial fishing.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2016, 08:40 PM
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Re: Newbie set up?

I have an older Redington rod and it casts fine. They are good rods at a moderate price.

If someone is going to buy one fly rod for PA trout fishing, I'd recommend an 8 1/2 ft 5 wt.

If they are going to buy 2 fly rods for PA trout fishing, I'd recommend a 9 ft 5 wt for larger streams. And a 7 1/2 ft 4 wt for small streams.

With those 2 rods you would be well equipped to fish any trout stream in the state.

(Not including steelhead or smallmouth bass fishing, which really are better fished for with heavier gear, like a 9 ft 7 wt.)
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Re: Newbie set up?

Bert is correct on the 5wt. Then look for either an 8-9'. More than likely that rod will be usable with either 5 or 6 wt line so just grab a second spool and put on your 6 wt line and you can handle most bass, large streams and if you play the fish out a chromer can be brought to hand on a 6 wt.

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Re: Newbie set up?

Putting 6wt line on a 5wt rod will not turn it into a 6wt. It will however slow the action of the rod down.
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Re: Newbie set up?

You can argue it however you choose regardless there is a reason rods say 5/6. Most package rods have that delineation. I acknowledge that my 3 wt specifically says 3 wt. but we aren't talking about higher end rods we are discussing a beginner setup for a newb.

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Re: Newbie set up?

I used to have a cross water set up. Really liked that rod in a 9' 5 wt. Nice medium action and was easy caster. I don't think it would be a bad choice at all. I fish many of the streams you do and never had any issues with that set up. The reel that comes with it is not all that bad either, and has a decent drag system.

I like a 10' rod now. Never thought I would but I trusted attackones advice a few years ago and am thankful that I did.

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Re: Newbie set up?

In staying with the OP's question regarding a small stream rod, an 8' 5 weight rod would be a good choice. Or a 7 1/2' rod. Depends on your definition of small streams.
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