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Smallmouth Fly Rod And Reel Set Up?

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Im wanting to purchase a fly rod and reel that will be best suited for smallies? Please send links or specific brands so I can look up prices. FYI I still really stink at understanding the fly fishing lingo for now so my apologies. :huh1:

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Big thing is how much do you want to spend? The Sage Bass II rod/line/case combos are some sweet rods, but you're at 550 without a reel. Add a reel to it and you can look at another 50-200 bucks pending on your brand and what kind of quality you want.

I have a Sage Bass I rod with an Allen Fly Fishing Trout 2 reel, it casts the big wind resistant flies extremely well plus it looks sweet.

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There are tons of great rods out there Tim...I like a fast action 7wt with a weight forward line..Sage's high end models are the best fast action rods on the market IMO...but if you dont plan to use it much, I'd go down market.St. Croix, TFO....In reels, get one with a good disc drag. Lots of great reels out there too. The Lamson Konic is hard to top for the money. If I wasnt long on reels, I'd be buying those...In flies....most of my topwaters are size 2-1/0...Gaine's Sneaky Pete's, variations of Tim Holschlag's blockhead poppers, Murdich Minnows, some #4-8 Madame X's if they are really picky...most of my subsurface flies are 3-4" long..usually on a size 4 or bigger hook..Mostly Shenk's Minnows, Sparkleminnows, Sex Dungeon's, and Circus Peanuts. Have fun.

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I would probably look at a 6 wt TFO.in the lower prices range, the exception would be a Clouser, but a Professional II would be a good action to start with for less money. Get a 9' or 8' 9" for wading or a 7 1/2'- 8' for a use in a kayak or canoe. Pick one in your price range. Put a Cabelas Prestige plus reel on it and a SA mastery Headstart line.

All good equipment that will last you a long time.

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If you want to throw bugs that are big enough to keep the sunfish from eating your fly every time it hits the water go with the 7 wt. False casting more than once is a waste of time and energy.

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There are tons of great rods out there Tim...I like a fast action 7wt with a weight forward line..Sage's high end models are the best fast action rods on the market IMO...but if you dont plan to use it much, I'd go down market.St. Croix, TFO....In reels, get one with a good disc drag. Lots of great reels out there too. The Lamson Konic is hard to top for the money. If I wasnt long on reels, I'd be buying those...In flies....most of my topwaters are size 2-1/0...Gaine's Sneaky Pete's, variations of Tim Holschlag's blockhead poppers, Murdich Minnows, some #4-8 Madame X's if they are really picky...most of my subsurface flies are 3-4" long..usually on a size 4 or bigger hook..Mostly Shenk's Minnows, Sparkleminnows, Sex Dungeon's, and Circus Peanuts. Have fun.

Where do you buy your larger subsurface flies that are about 3-4 inches long? Im looking for long fly that looks like a worm. Any ideas?

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I would probably look at a 6 wt TFO.in the lower prices range, the exception would be a Clouser, but a Professional II would be a good action to start with for less money. Get a 9' or 8' 9" for wading or a 7 1/2'- 8' for a use in a kayak or canoe. Pick one in your price range. Put a Cabelas Prestige plus reel on it and a SA mastery Headstart line.

All good equipment that will last you a long time.

What size of SA Mastery line?

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Tim, I'd look in the saltwater bins at the fly shop..Montana Fly Company used to carry the Coffey Sparkleminnow...not sure if they still do. Best bet is to tie your own, or find a shop, or a friend to tie for you.

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Don't know how soon you plan to purchase but there is a Warm Water Fly event at Reading's Fly Shop on the 7th.

I know Sage/Reddington rep is going to be there and you can cast several rods, incl. other brands, on water plus you might win something you would be needing to buy anyways in the free raffles that will be held.

Just a thought.

Several folks will be tying flies as well so you can get info in that regard as well.

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I just got a tfo bvk 6wt recently and its a great little bass stick. 7wt might be better actually.

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I'd put a lot more thought into your line choice than the rod.

The difference line to line is much greater than rod to rod.

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Well, I'd have to say its more your line choice plus your rod choice. You can get the best line in the world but you have to have the right rod to throw it- its the combination that's important. Rio Clouser line is baller.

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