i catch most of my fish in the back waters of lake chicot,what i call thicket fishing, a fly rod longer then seven foot is useless.
the only cast is a roll cast,your rod never gets behind your ear,it is rare that i use a leader longer then four feet ,you just can not roll a long leader under the low limbs of cypress or
tupelo gum trees not to mention the button wood bushes.
to generate the line speed needed to make those tight rolls i use 6 to 10 wt. line on 61/2 and seven ft. rods . those rods take a beating no mater how careful you are ,so i do not take any high dollar rods into this battle,and battle it is . when you hook a big chink between three or four cypress trees the first place he runs is for the roots,so you have to turn him the right way and now, not an easy chore with a 4lb. leader and not much room to maneuver.
my reason for this post is i was just curious if there is anyone that fishes like this with fly rods and flies.
let me say i did not get up one morning and decide to fish back water timber with a fly rod
,this has taken years of trial and error ,and has evolved into what i am doing today.but if you want to catch big gills and chinks,you are going to find them here,let me quantify that statement, i do fish large open water and i do catch big fish there,but most of the nice fish i catch are back water thumpers,in the quite cool shade of the backwater timber.