Do you love big bluegill?
I got a Hobie Pro Angler kayak last spring and had a blast chasing gills with it using light spinning tackle. I want to get fly rod to use in the kayak this year. So I'm looking for suggestions for the best all-around fly rod (if there is such a thing) to use for gills while in a kayak. I'll throw nymphs, spiders and small poppers and will fish lakes exclusively. I'm an experienced fly caster with many 5/6 wt rods but think I should go lighter for gills.
Please let me know your suggestions. Thanks.
Steve, In your experience with the rods you fish now ( 5/6 wt ) do you prefer slow or fast action rods? I think rod action is as important as line weight when choosing a Popper and Weighted Fly rod. If you think you will be fishing mostly poppers I would recommend you lean to the 4 wt unless you you prefer a very fast action rod. I fish slow glass rods and I prefer a 5 wt for poppers and weighted wets.
Steve-- i cast everything with my 3 wt. poppers-- droppers on poppers- hair bugs - you name it. with just a bit of practise; you can cast just as easy as with a 5 wt.. my much pfrefered way is-- roll casting-- a porkupine quill float and a fly of some sort!!
hi steve go with a 3 wgt fly rod for fishing gills from a kayak. its a blast catching them on a light weight fly rod and as for your spinning rods. all i use is ultra lights nothing over 6 ft and nothing over 6lb line. i like mr crappie line that way i can see it when the gill takes the jig or worm.hope this helps and welcome to the plastic navy and the new addiction
2 or 3 weight in a 7.6 footer. I have found from a pontoon that the longer length is more difficult to get the fish right next to the boat for release or keeping. Especially when there is water movement and boat control involved. Every inch counts. Roll cast ing is THE preferred cast for me.
Just to wrap this up.....I got the Redington 3 wt. Looks like it is going to work out great. Thanks everyone for your ideas and suggestions! Just waiting for the warmer weather to arrive here in MI.
Steve-- you cant go wrong with a 3 wt buddy!! the fun is about to begin for you now!!