Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Sterling Woodsman, Feb 17, 2014.
8'6"#4 and 9'#6
My liking is a 7 1/2 3/4 wt fiberglass for small stream and then the Sage One 9'6" 5wt. I cast the Sage one at the Lynwood show and it is a beast of a rod. It would cast streamers, weighted bugger and nymph rigs with no problem. Even lining it up one size would not cause an issue. Out of all the rods I cast, it gave me the tightest and most consistent loops out of any rod I have cast.
Now I just have to sell some things to get it!!!
I am set for the small stuff and as George Cook of Sage said to me " Bill, it likes you ", and yes it did.
All I have to say is that bringing only a five weight is the most common mistake visitors to the Yellowstone area make. I fish my 6 10x as often as my five.
Why do people in general ask about what rod to use when fishing someplace where your not used to. Or what flies to use when also fishing someplace else. Hell I moved here(Montana) from Washington. I use what I used in Washington to fish. I used what flies I used there also. What you used where you live will work no matter where you want to fish.
What if your moving there from alabama? Haha
there is no such thing as a do it all rod. If you want to fish effectively, you need the right tools for the job. A 9' 5 is good for throwing dries in most situations as well as nymphs of average size in a medium size river. Its not a very good streamer rod or very good at turning over hoppers in the wind (action of the rod has alot to do with that to). I fish in MT alot, especially on the Yellowstone and Missouri as well as some small creeks and medium rivers like the Bitteroot and Big Hole. I like a 9' 4 weight for dries and some light nymphing on less windy days, For streamers I fish a 9' 7 weight because I can throw heavier lines and bigger flies easier and farther. For hoppers or other big dries and nymphing all day I like a 9' 6 weight. I also bring a couple specialty rods like a 6/7 switch for swinging and a 5'9" 3 weight glass rod for small creeks and brookie ponds.
Since you're asking for advice on rod selection, I'm going to assume you don't know what you need. Therefore I'll happily share my biases with you. You'll need at least two rods, not just one. Start with that 4 or 5 wt in a length that suits you. And as other posts note, it's windy at times, so you'll want a 6 wt, or maybe even a 7. And since trout rise better to bamboo, you should buy yourself a pair of split cane rods. There's a nice shop in Twin Bridges that makes some of the nicest cane rods anywhere. Fish bamboo for trout in Montana. You'll never regret it.
The rod I use most in MT is a medium-fast 10' 4wt. It gets my line above the tall grass on the bank, roll casts, and mends really well. It is more versatile than my medium-fast 9' 5wt, gets the same distance with less effort, and nymphs better.
Then you should consider yourself lucky!
There are trout there also.
I agree: an 8 1/2' four weight and a 9' (or longer) six weight are the perfect pair for the common, middle range of trout fishing almost anywhere. The rods you'd use for Jurassic Lake or the East Fork of Mink Brook are specialized extremes.
Having used five weights many years in many places, I've come to think of the five weight as a useful compromise, but seldom a perfect fit for the situation of the hour.
Yup. 'Bama just ain't Montana, Jim.
We actually do (one stocked tailwater stream). How did you know that?
it really depends on where and how you want to fish..
If you want to streamer fish take a 6wt
if you want to mostly dry fly fish from the bank an 8'6" 4wt Is perfect
if you want to drift rivers and fish dries and nymphs a 9' 5 wt
Just a guess. One would think that with all the people that fly fish, that they would like to fish for them no matter where they live.