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Good morning, as partially explained in a brief bio posted to My Page, my fishing has consisted of cane pole with float, hook and worms. Have done a bit of fly fishing on several trips out West where I used a mid range trout set-up which consisted of a 8'6" #5 rod with, I believe, a 6wt. floating line which needs the backing and line replaced (perhaps with a 4 wt. line). If bluegill fly fishing is added to my desire for trying a spinning rod and reel, do you guys think I have an adequate fly rod/reel set up? Probably old for an occasional fisherman to get too invested in equipment. One more bit of advise ... I would appreciate suggestions re: a spinning rod and reel of the 'best for the money' type, plus recommended line- type and weight.
More advise will, I assure you, be sought but, for now, thank you for your current input!
Ben, 90% of the fishing I do is with a % weight , 8-5 ' graphite fly rod , I just do it a little different , I use a #8 hook a small split shot about 6-8 inches up from the hook and then I suspend this under a 7-9 inch porcupine quill. This is like using a cane pole with an adjustable line, which is deadly on all types of fish but I mainly target bluegill . The quill is the most sensitive fishing indicator I have ever seen and I have 57 years experience using them and still do . LOFR
BEN;JUST LIKE ; LORD OF THE FLY RODS; AND KEITH RITTER;; I ALSO USE A FLY ROD FOR BLUE GILLS... MY FAVORITE IS A TFO 8FT6IN IN A 3 WT; WITH 4 WT LINE.. ( WITH FLY RODS; YOU GO UP; GENERALLY ONE WT LINE ON WHAT YOUR ROD IS;; MAKES FOR EASIER CASTING;; DONT GO DOWN BELOW WHAT THE ROD IS;; MAKES FOR A UN-HAPPY DAY !!)) MOST OF THE TIME I CAST SOME TYPE OF FLY; MIGHT TIP IT TO; WITH A PIECE OF NITE CRAWLER;; CATCH RATE GOES WAY UP THAT WAY !! OR;; MIGHT USE A POPPING BUG;; WITH A DROPPER TIED ONTO IT;; VERY DEADLY SET UP THAT WAY ALSO!!
Thanks to LOFR and Keith ...both your answers were exactly the type info I am looking for. LOFR, realize you are dealing with someone with limited equipment vocabulary! The 0/0 I assume refers to a monofilament line loaded on a fly reel. Strip off some line and cast the bait, split shot and indicator as with a 'regular' fly-line.
Very Helpful, David. Thanks! Particularly the info about not using lower weight fly line than rod rating. My #5 rod with a 5- line could work I suppose for dry flies even though I have a larger set-up than needed for bluegill. Definitely going the spinning route though.
As for a 5 weight fly rod -
Dont stress over the weight. If its balanced and you can cast it, focus more on your leader and tippet combinations. The desire to go down to 3, 2, even 0-weight rods is recent and, dare I say, a fanciful pre-occupation. Its one of those things where you learn you can do it, but you ask, "Do I have to?"
The single most useful weight for freshwater fishing is the 5/6 wt. Industry sales and experts bear this out. Big bass, Steelhead, monster pike, and other such "specialized" fishing requires more... but for the sort of fishing were talking about here, that 5 wt will be more than adequate.
It is also the most used and so has the most options, especially in lines - being the most popular has that effect.
So dont feel like you're committing some faux pas because you haven't gotten a 3 wt like you read about in In-Fisherman.
"Garden Hackle" HUM, I like.
One of my most versatile spinning rigs and setup that i keep in my vehicle at all times... its been a great all around rig for me... great for fishing presentations in most situations.
you can see many more examples of setups on
ive posted many of my favorite setups as well as BBG members... general setups like this or more specific.
Ben;; your 5 wt fly rod will be great to use on blue gills also; a 5 wt ; is actually a great wt rod that most everybody uses;; we just down size in rod wt ; just for more fun catching blue gill;; its a real blast !! and when you hook into a 3 to 5 pound catfish; or bass or a stripe;; the fun is awsome !! since you already have a 5 wt rod; keep using it ! no real need to change it up-- its going to be fun as is !! for spinning gear; any type of ultra light will be great;; some prefer; higher end reels; n rods;; but thats up to you; tooty makes a great fiberglass rod; even has some older; wonder rods that he sells some times; ( tooty;s other name on his drivers liscense- david l eitutis)
Ben , I accidentally hit the upper case key on the keyboard , what I was going to say is I use a 5 wt. rod because because you never know when a big catfish is going to take your hook. LOFR
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