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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-10-2017, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Rod suggestions for roll casting

I have been learning to fly fish just to try something new and of course can't stop buying new gear. I have a few rods but want a shorter (I'm thinking 7') I'm using fiberglass custom antiques and think I may do better on roll casting on real tight smaller streams with graphite. I'll go overboard later I'm just looking for a good starter.
Also what is a good shoe or sandal for wet wading and should I have studs.
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Ive found over lining helps (one size heavier)

A pair of neoprene socks and my typical wading shoes work well.
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On small streams I use a graphite 7 1/2 ft, 4 wt rod and I think that is a very good rod for that type of fishing.

For both roll casting and all other types of casting. On small streams I use sidearm casting a lot, because it keeps your cast low, under the tree branches. You should learn to cast sidearm on your backhand side as well as your normal side.

The action of graphite rods varies a great deal from very fast action (stiff) to slow action (bendy) and a whole range of medium.

You just have to try casting a lot of rods, to see what works for you.

I've never overlined any fly rod. I have a 7 1/2 ft rod rated for a 4 wt line, and it casts well with a double taper 4 wt line.

If I test cast a 4 wt rod and it didn't cast well with a 4 wt line, I would just not buy that rod. I wouldn't put a 5 wt line on it to make it work.

When you're spending good money for a fly rod, you shouldn't have to do that. It should cast well with the rated line. If not, don't buy it.
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I just bought some Simms wading sandals today.
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Yeah I usually just wear my regular wading boots while wet wading with a big pair or two of heavy socks. They have studs. I've also used Keen sandals but the lack of studs was a little sketchy.
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I like a 7ft 3wt for small streams. All my rods are graphite, mostly all faster actions.
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Yeah I usually just wear my regular wading boots while wet wading with a big pair or two of heavy socks. They have studs. I've also used Keen sandals but the lack of studs was a little sketchy.
I also wear my regular wading shoes while wet wading with 2 pairs of heavy socks. And tighten the laces as much as possible.

In the past I bought those neoprene booties to fill out the space in my wading shoes.

But those are expensive and wear out quickly.

I would never wear any kind of sandals to wade in streams. I want my feet protected. There is a lot of broken glass, metal etc. in streams.

And even in the woodsy streams, rocks can be sharp and slice your foot like a knife.

I don't want to be a couple of miles from the vehicle and slice open an artery.
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when i fish a small stream i normally take my 10' rod and do alot of bow and arrow casting
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Im building a 7' 3 wt as soon as my rod building gear gets here. Some of the streams I fish are tight. Like UBERTIGHT. LOL


even the 8' 3 wt ive been using is tough. Some of these for brookies I can get away with more of a swing type casting. Toughest thing for me right now is to keep the fish on after I hook them. Barbless hooks only for brookies for me, and on these tight streams when you set, or lift the fish to you there is a lot of overhanging branches and stuff like that , that when you hit them you lose contact with the fish.


I may try a 6'-6" 2 or 0 wt next just for fun.
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Slower action rods roll cast better than fast rods, period.
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