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#1 Sportsman

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 05:41 AM

So size doesn't matter, at least so I'm told.
This season I have pretty much given up the standard 6 and 7 wt rods and lines for trout fishing and use a 4wt for almost everything. It casts just as well and has handled rainbows up to 10lb with no problem, in fact just tonight I caught a cracking 8lber :D
The point is using light tackle is so much more pleasant and doesn't seem to adversly affect the fishing, so - how light can you go? I've got the hots for a 8' 2wt blank which I would like to build. Has anyone fished with a rod as fine as this, and if so, how did you get on?
I can see problems casting into wind etc. but don't foresee any problems landing fish, so, are there any problems I don't know about?

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 05:16 PM

There could be problems if you intend to release the fish - prolonged fight and all that.

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 09:32 PM

A couple of years ago at Go Fishing I held a 0wt after it was demo'd by it's very proud owner, very very light in the hand, infact you didn't know you were holding it.

I've just ordered a 6' 6" 2wt for my lad, smallest rod I could get, can't wait to have a cast with it... once I've built it. :) and found a line to suit it :)
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Posted 13 September 2005 - 11:09 PM

Dunc85
In my experience a lighter rod doesn't prolong the fight, in fact the opposite is true. Because the lighter rod protects the leader you can give the fish some stick without breaking off or pulling the hook. Try the same with a heavier rod and you would lose the fish. I often land fish quicker on light tackle, and certainly that is the experience of my friends / aquaintances who fish light.
S.M. what blank did you get in the end?

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 02:19 PM

I went with the kit that you suggested from Hook and Hackle, have also ordered a 3 piece 8 wt IMX blank from them, it comes with a kit, but am going to change the cork, and seat, and possibly the rings, might try a set of recoil, but need to do a little more homework, the set with the kit may be OK.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 06:01 PM

At the other end of the spectrum I have just bought a 12# for Tarpon, if I don't get on with it I can always use it for uptiding.
I had a play with the Sage (or was it Orvis) 0#, the one with the built in reel, a few years back and it was a lovely rod but i would not have wanted to use it for anything other than for small fish on small streams.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:29 PM

Hi SM
I would be interested to know how your build goes. If you need anything PM me.
Regarding rings for the 8wt. I have a set of recoils on a Dancraft 4wt. They are very light and probably very durable, also very corrosion resistant so I assume they are to be used in the sea. There have been mixed reviews in the States, some people love them and some hate them with reports of wear and grooving. Personally for that weight of rod I would go with Fuji Alconites, or any other lined ring, the extra weight wouldn't affect the action of an 8 wt and would improve casting.
I'm just starting on a Dancraft 3wt that I might use recoils for, let us know how you get on.
Regarding the cork, Bob at Hook and Hackle has some "Knotty Burl" cork handles at a very good price.(look under "cork) I've got 2 and they are excellent quality.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 02:44 PM

Thanks Dave,

I think I will use the Recoils for guides and the Strippers I may use Fuji, the ones I've been looking at are $28 each, ouch. Yes the rod is for use in the Salt.

I ordered the knotty burl handles for both rods, thought they might look better than cheap cork.

Is it worth ordering the Recoils from the states or uk, there isn't a lot of difference in the UK price once you add the VAT etc on to the US price.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 03:03 PM

Hi SM
You can get the recoils from Guides n Blanks and there probably isn't much difference in price.
You will love the knotty burl handles
Your Fuji stripper must be the Titanium Sic nice but pricey. Have you thought about a Sic lined tip ring. That takes most of the wear anyway.
If I ever work out how it would be nice to put up some pictures
Dave

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:53 PM

You'll need this link to post your pictures, just use your forum name, email address and then browse your computer to find the pictures file... make sure it's not too big, then upload.

You will then get a window with a long file name, copy it and paste into a new topic or existing post.

Most important thing is no spaces in your file name.

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