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Question: How many fly rods do you take out? :: Total Votes:23
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1 fly rod 5  [21.74%]
2 fly rods 9  [39.13%]
3 fly rods 1  [4.35%]
4 fly rods 0  [0.00%]
More than 4 0  [0.00%]
What's a fly rod? 0  [0.00%]
Who needs fly rods, I just bring my spinning rod 8  [34.78%]
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Wentland Offline
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Posted: Aug. 02 2005,10:43

Does a Sabiki rod count as a fly rod. If so there are usually 5 or 6 flys on it.:p
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Posted: Aug. 17 2005,16:15

HEY Ken!!! it's still goin on after 1 1/2 years. I just leave those old split bamboo rods home & bring my spinners.....now I'm hearing voices too :O  :p

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Posted: Sep. 08 2005,05:20

Two, usually. Seven weight for the general brunt of the work and a 10 wt, if conditions warrant- larger fish and wind are the usual suspects for waving the heavy stick. One outfit is kept in the hatch, the other bewteen my legs or straddled across my legs if trolling between venues.

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Posted: Oct. 30 2005,01:52

I usually take 2 fly rods with me, my Orvis TLS Trident #6 and my Loomis GLX #8 (but loaded with a #9 line). I fish a floating line with little rod and a ghost tip on the heavier one. My usual approach is something skinny on the floater and a 2/0 deceiver on the heavier rod.

Taking them out on the Dorado is simple: I put the Loomis along the deck with the tip through the keeper eye on the foredeck. The reel sits nicely on the bait ctting board at the after end of the main hatch. This is ready to use within seconds if I see a fish move.

The small rod then just sits on the crate, with the butt end and reel under the bungies, over one under one. The rod tip sticks out astern but isn't up in the air where it would get in the way.

If I am not going to be using the lightweight for some time I just pull in half and put it in the fish hatch (it's a 4 piece, but I take it down as though it were a 2 piece) - still rigged and ready to go. Easy as Apple Pie.

The fish we target over here in the England are only  bait size compared to you lot over there. We have bass (a cousin of your striped bass) which go to about 25lbs if the commercials would let them. A 10lb fish is the fish of a lifetime and the norm is fish in the 1lb - 5lb range.
Then we have pollock, a reef dweller and relative of the cod. Very fast predatory fish which lurke just above the kelp forest - but when hooked power dive into it! You need to have some luck to stop one getting you wrapped up. In the evening pollack come off the bottom and so can be good sport - again a 10lb fish is a good one, but more often they are upto about 6lbs - on offshore wrecks in very deep water they jig them to 25lbs.
Inshore we have mullet - hence the lightweight. This is really our version of a bonefish  it fills the same kind of place in the system. They are very sporting fish, but the devil's oen job to get to take a fly. Think Milkfish (only around the 2lbs - 10lbs mark) they feed on algae and tiny sea creatures like mmature shrimps. A size 16 fly is not too small for them! Fished on a 3lb tippet.
Then we have mackerel and garfish. That is about the extent of our chances over here. Wish we had warm water like you lucky lot.
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Posted: Dec. 06 2005,21:41

I take two.  That allows me to throw two different flies if the conditions call for it.  It's also nice to have a back-up so I'm set if any mishaps occur.  This year they'll both be 8wts.  They have slightly different actions, so I can actually pretend to be contemplating a major decision when I choose which one to cast.
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Posted: Dec. 06 2005,22:35

This thread just keeps going, and going...

Great to hear from everybody! I must confess I routinely now include a spinning rod as well as the fly rod. Shame on me!
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Posted: Dec. 07 2005,14:12

Oh Super Fly - shame n you. Yu have gone over to the DARK SIDE :D
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Posted: Dec. 07 2005,17:43

Well, not completely over... :-)

But yeah, maybe a shade of grey!

But in the past two weeks I've caught snook, trout & redfish with the dark side! gotta start leaving that spinning rod home!
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Posted: Sep. 08 2006,13:26

I genrally carry two fly rods, not in different line weights, but in different sinking rates.  I load one with a floater (8 weight) and one with a sink tip, also 8-weight.  Even though I fish the flats, the currents in some of the channels require a fast sinker if I want to fish the bottom. One of the sinking lines has a 24-foot fast sinking (heavy) tip, which tend to overload an 8-weight rod, so I use a 10-weight slow tip rod, which allows me to double-haul about 30 feet of line for a longer cast.

I  installed two Scotty flush mount rod bases behind me and one in front on my Prowler 13. When fly fishing I use the one on the left side for storage and the one in the center as the active rod holder.  I also use an anchor trolley along the left side to the stern, so that the wind is over my left shoulder when I cast.


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Posted: Jan. 22 2008,13:03

Nice setup Al!

Amazed that this thread still keeps plugging away!

I've been doing a similar setup when I get out to go fishing. That has been a looooooong time for me though, 6 months plus. Work, kids and new puppy have kept me housebound. Add in a heavy work travel schedule and it's been no fishing for me.

But when I take two fly rods out I have one with a floater (usually 8 wt for salt) and one with an intermediate (also 8 wt). As you mentioned I mainly fish flats & such but there are always channels around. Also if it's choppy the intermediate presents better. And I can run a non-weighted fly below the surface.

Depending on the area sometimes I'll take a spinning rod and the intermediate. I'll keep an extra reel with a floating line, or sometimes another rod/reel, in the hatch. But that gets to be a bit much to carry.

Ken
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