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Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pa Mountains, Life Member NRA
Re: Fly rod length
The length of your Fly Rod has more to due with the size of the streams you mostly like to fish, our medium size streams here in Potter/Tioga are pretty fair size and your
8', 5 WGT rod would be ideal, however I like a 4 WGT longer rod 8 1/2' - 10' for Pine Creek especially on the large riffle waters. All these Rods are slow action for casting big Parachute Drakes on light 6x/7x constant tapered leaders.
Now on the Brookie steams I use my F.E. Thomas 7' 4 WGT Bamboo Fly Rod most of the time, unless I am in the head waters where I use my Bamboo 5 1/2' 3/4 WGT J.D. Wagner,
also slow action. What you will find is that having different Fly Rods for different size streams makes Fly Fishing very enjoyable. My other recommendation is to invest in a quality zero drag Fly Reel for each of your different size Fly Rods.
Have fun fishing with your new rod!
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