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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Nodakflyer
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Nodakflyer on Jan 7, 2019January 7th, 2019, 9:14 am EST
Hey guys and gals. I'm somewhat new to fly fishing, had a rod in highschool and tied my own patterns and whatnot. I'm looking for a solid rod combo that I can get back in the groove with. Also planning a trip to Iceland in June.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Jan 7, 2019January 7th, 2019, 12:13 pm EST
We need more data. What species are you planning on fishing for the most? Trout, bass, Atlantic salmon, sea trout? How long a rod would you like to have? For most freshwater fishing you really can't go wrong with a 8' 6" or 9" #6 fly rod. When you buy the reel I would suggest buying an extra spool and put a weight forward #5 on that spool so you can go one line size lighter with the #6 rod and use smaller dries and nymphs and get a lighter, less conspicuous, presentation with the lighter line.

Orvis makes a very nice combo called the "Encounter". It comes with a nice crisp action rod, a nice large arbor reel, line and backing. I saw a 9' #4 Encounter on Saturday at Bass Pro and it is a very nice backup rod, or a first rod, for a newcomer to fly fishing. It is a 4 piece rod and comes with a cloth sack and hard case. It was on sale for $135. It usually lists for $170.00.

Here is a link to that rod on the Orvis web site;

https://www.orvis.com/p/encounter-5-weight-9-fly-rod-outfit/8P43?item_code=8P435363&adv=127748&cm_mmc=plas-_-FlyFishing-_-8P43-_-127748&msclkid=6d04337b1d5a1c78c5a96f4f1a0d76af&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Orvis_Shopping_PLA-US_Brand&utm_term=4577816662829550&utm_content=Fly%20Fishing%20TM
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Nodakflyer
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Nodakflyer on Jan 8, 2019January 8th, 2019, 3:33 am EST
Thanks for the reply. Mainly targeting pond stocked rainbows, panfish, and spring walleyes in the big lake. I had my doubts whether or not a #6 would be a suitable weight, but I would like around a 9 or so footer.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Jan 8, 2019January 8th, 2019, 6:18 am EST
A #6 weight 9' modern fly rod is fine for all the species you have mentioned. If you plan of throwing larger streamers for walleyes you can buy an extra spool for the reel and buy a sink tip WF#7 line to give you better casting with less effort with larger streamers.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Iasgair
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Iasgair on Jan 21, 2019January 21st, 2019, 2:06 am EST
Somewhat new to fly fishing and already planning a trip to Iceland? You lucky man. Yeah, you're going to need that 6wt. there, that's for sure.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Jan 21, 2019January 21st, 2019, 4:59 am EST
Hello Nodakflyer,

Mainly targeting pond stocked rainbows, panfish, and spring walleyes in the big lake.


I don't think the #6 line is really appropriate for casting from a boat or shore of Lake Erie for walleye. Also on the light side for OH & PA steelhead. I'd recommend a 9' #7 with an extra spool for the fly reel so you can use a floating line for the panfish and stocked trout and a sink tip for lake walleye.

Here is a nice Orvis combo 10' #7 with a reel and line. They are also offering a 9' 6" #6 which if you are a relatively skilled caster you could go up one line weight to a #7. Just open your loop up a bit.

https://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=2nss&dir_id=758&group_id=759&cat_id=5978&subcat_id=7309

Nice outfits for $298. If you are willing to go up to the Recon line of rods I think you can get a 10' #7 with a reel and line and their 25 year warranty for around $700. I have a 9' #5 Recon and I love it. I think it is close to the quality of their flagship rods the Helios line.

I have the Hydros IV reel on my 10' #7 steelhead rod and it is a great looking reel with a powerful drag.

https://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=14S8&dir_id=758&group_id=759&cat_id=49052&subcat_id=49054
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jawyellowba
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Jawyellowba on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 7:55 pm EST
For $200 for a baitcasting combo, I would go with a Diawa Tatula CT reel off Ebay which will run around $90 new with shipping, and then either a St. Croix Mojo Bass casting rod ($130), or a Dobyn's Fury casting rod ($110). For the rod, for small ponds and some lake fishing I would probably go with a 7'ish Medium power, fast action, unless you're fishing a lot of really heavy cover and/or larger lures, in which case you might want to go up to Medium Heavy power. I use several CT's and both lines of rod and have had good luck with them.

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