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  1. #1
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    One Fly Setup To Rule Them All

    Looking for recommendations on versatile a fly rod/reel combo and basic flies that everyone should have for fishing streams, creeks and smaller rivers in the Tahoe Basin and Northern Arizona.

    I grew up fishing walleye, bass, northern, etc in Minnesota and know my way around that whole scene very well, fly fishing is somewhat new to me so looking for advice on a do-it-all setup.

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    One Fly Setup To Rule Them All

    Hard to go wrong with a 9ft, 5wt. Spend the money on the rod, get a cheap reel.

    And donít worry, youíll get more.

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    I bought a Fenwick Aetos (in a 6wt for bass fishing) based on a ton of reviews saying it's a fantastic value rod.

    I'm super impressed with it and much prefer it to my Orvis Access that was stolen from my truck.

    So if you're not looking to drop a ton of money on a rod, check it out.

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    One Fly Setup To Rule Them All

    I started with a reddington classic trout 5wt,caught fish just fine... still use my CT in a 3wt.

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    Third the 9' 5wt. with a cheap reel, even though I don't own one. Spend as much as you're comfy with, 'cuz it ain't the horse, it's the cowboy, especially when you're starting out. If you end up liking the sport, keep it for rocky creeks, where you could break a rod, or pass it on.
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    Ditto on a 5wt line...a versatile line, can be thrown a mile and can handle pretty large sized streamers & nymphs yet can be dropped pretty softly and can fish light tippets and small flies, should you choose. Agree on the 9' rod's versatility...just demo them if possible.... 9' and 8'6" rods often have a much different feel between the two....demo if possible...or ask a lot of questions comparing rod_X with rod_Y and rod_Z. Lighter reels w/simpler drag systems work just fine...im_$.01_o.

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    I've mulled this over a million times. If it was freshwater, I'd do 5wt switch. For salt/fresh, 6wt switch. Salt with little fresh, 7wt switch.
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    9í 6wt for a do all one rod. Streamers and big dries are easier to chuck on a 6wt. Not to much rod to over power smaller fish yet will handle big fish with ease.

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    ^^^ Thatís what I did, but looking back, I think the new 5ís are stronger and more versatile, and the 6 wasnít the greatest for small fly 6/7X tippet stuff. I got a 4 next so thatís my main dryfly rod w/ the 6 for what you describe.
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    One Fly Setup To Rule Them All

    W/ my 5wt, I just set a hook right through the forehead of a 8Ē rainbow this weekend on a mountain stream. I had to cut the line instead of ripping the hook out of its skull; so the little guy is probably going to die soon by a bull trout that sees this little guy swimming around with an elk hair caddis fascinator

    I think I need a 3wt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    ^^^ Thatís what I did, but looking back, I think the new 5ís are stronger and more versatile, and the 6 wasnít the greatest for small fly 6/7X tippet stuff. I got a 4 next so thatís my main dryfly rod w/ the 6 for what you describe.
    Depends on the action. A super fast 5 will fish similar to a slower 6. My RPL and RPL+ are very fast 5 weights and fish great in the wind with bigger bugs. I still kick myself for selling the RPL+. The XP is also a very fast 5 that fishes best overlined by a half weight, my other favorite 5wt which I own. I also hate myself for selling one the most versatile rods in existence inmho, the Sage VT2 6wt. It would chuck big dries and streamers with ease, even though I like an 8 for streamers, it would also handle 7x tippets on spring creeks with 15í leaders equally as well. Nice forgiving tip section to protect light tippets. These suggestions also depend on the OPís casting stroke. Does it favor a fast action rod or would he benefit from a moderate fast like the VT2? Only he will know by casting a few different rods. I have a very compact powerful stroke and prefer fast-x fast actions but enjoy the mod fast of the likes of the VT 2. I have to be suuuuper stoned to fish a true moderate action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockChalk View Post
    Looking for recommendations on versatile a fly rod/reel combo and basic flies that everyone should have for fishing streams, creeks and smaller rivers in the Tahoe Basin and Northern Arizona..
    Sounds to me like you dont need all the horsepower everyone here is talking about. If you are fishing creeks,streams and small rivers you are most likely not going to cast to anything over 40' away. If it was me and that was what I was fishing I would get a 8'6" 4 weight. A 5 weight is my favorite rod, but I spend 90% of my time fishing out of a boat on big water. But take with what I say with a grain of salt since I have every weight covered form 3 -11, so I can grab a lot of variety.
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    Ended up scoring a 8.5ft 4wt Orvis access - pretty successful trial run tonight on the upper truckee, got into a few brookies that were decent sized and definitely fun to haul in on that setup!

    Im already hopelessly addicted, getting up at ass crack of dawn tomorrow to go fish the west carson in hope valley all day.

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    I just picked up a hatch 3Plus and set it up for a 4wt as well. Im using a 9' orvis recon 4 wt. Living near the streams of Western NC, I thought a 5 would over power the fish.
    I also have a hatch 7plus 8wt setup for saltwater with a scott meridian 8wt 9'. Target is small tarpon in Winyah Bay SC.
    I thought skis demanded a quiver, but flyfishing is over the top and has me eyeing now a 5wt, although I can swap spools and a maybe a 10-11wt for beefier salt species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    I thought skis demanded a quiver, but flyfishing is over the top
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