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7 hours ago, Smallie Seeker said:

Anybody gotten their hands on a G. Loomis Asquith yet? Can it really be worth the $1100 price of admission?

Never put my hands on one and no it’s not worth $1,100 😄

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Any fly rod is worth just what you are willing to pay for it, like anything else in life.  If the 1100$ tag turns your wheels, go for it. The same is true of the broom handle Sage rods, if that's what you like they are perfect. I kinda like rod that bends, and anything lighter than 7 isn't going to get much use by me. I don't cast very much and I've never found any rod that was too slow or too fast- I have found rods too soft to lift a bass and I have found rods to stiff to roll cast well. One of the comments above said that you need to find what fits your stroke/style and that pretty much covers it all.  I always wonder at people on these forums that ask what rod is best for  this fish or kind of water or what line to use on xz rod; it should be obvious that some people like all of the various selections or they wouldn't be there to chose from. Any line out there and any rod out there will work just fine for some one, if I want to know what works best for me I have to try most of them.

I know my limitations and smaller than 6wt is just going to frustrate me with all the effort it takes, longer than 8'6" is just going to wreck my shoulder more, shorter than 7' isn't going to make very long rolls and so on, line weight of 7 or 8 has enough mass that I can get a 5" long rabbit strip out there a little ways or chuck a 1/16 jig  or shot to get it below the foam in the fast chute, really big bass streamers might see the old WF9F line. I kinda know what I would like in a streamer rod and it happens to be the same things I like in a dry fly rod, but I can't even guess what your favorite color is never mind what will work with your casting style.  If I had use a Sage rod it would be to push the boat with, I would hand line the fish. The very early Sage were pretty decent but nothing I've looked at of theirs for years felt remotely like a fly rod to me.  I have never used a Winston on the water but I think from the shaky test that I would love one. What I have done in the last few years is gone back to fiberglass, it is much easier on my body. But, I would not recommend that to everyone.   A soft tip full flex 8.5'  9wt is a great still water trout rod with the right leaders and flies down to 26, and it has the brawn to take to the bay when the morning hatch is done, or wrestle large mouth out of  lily pads.  People that like to cast and people that like to fish aren't always going to be on the same page.and that 's not a bad thing

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3 minutes ago, ness said:

Anybody here ever just adjust your cast or get a little closer or farther away? Or, do you just keep buying rods? :D

 

I just wade a little deeper, usually. But fishing those kettle ponds up east that's only good for three steps, so you got to roll it from there..

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But hey I need that rod for nymphs size 22- 16 and and a different rod for nymphs #16-8 and gosh dry flies- ya got deer hair and elk hair and divided wing and parachute and every one deserves it's rig- gnats and nits and pupae and larva ... I was in the wally store a few weeks ago a man was just looking at some great big bass hoagie thing and we talked a bit and he told me how he took 17 bass rods in his boat and his son took 11 on each trip to the lake, said that wasn't always enough. 'plained how you need a different rod for these different lures (he called em baits, but he was talkin bout lures)  and then also for different presentations and and..

I went right home and got on the e auction looking for new fly rods. I know fly fishing has to be more complicated than just ole bass fishin and if it takes more rods, I'll just have to get more rods & reels & six lines each & like as not then I'll need a trailer to haul all that stuff and an index of when to use what under which conditions

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Once on a spur of the moment trout trip I grabbed my waist pack, a 5wt reel, and accidentally grabbed the wrong rod tube (a fast 7wt.)

Did I make it work and manage to catch some fish?   Sure did 😅 and after an hour or so I realized that mending that 5wt. line actually worked alot better with a 7wt. rod.  The only thing that bothered me all day was that the rig was a bit tip heavy. If I'd had some tape or a rubber band I could have lashed a rock to the fighting butt and been just fine.

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3 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

When I go to the White I take a 5 weight and one back up rod in case that breaks. 

That oughta work. Do you keep a 9 weight handy in case you want to cast some #26s? :D

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