Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Need Some Input for a Big Popper Fly Rod

On my trip to Dismal Creek the other day I carried my 5 wt. fly rod along to see if I could entice some of those larger spots to take my big popper. As I told you in my previous post I had no luck. The top water action was nothing. I did discover while flinging the size 4 popper that it was a hassle to get any distance and to control my cast with any degree of accuracy using the 5wt. and popper set-up. I really discovered this little bit of news after the first cast, but continue on in hopes of hooking up with my trophy spot. As the morning wore on I saw that needed a longer rod 9 ft. with the weight being a 6 or 7. I don't want to go over kill here and I don't want to spend a great deal of money either, because by the time I select the reel and match the rod and supply the line I am talking a tidy sum. If any of you guys have a suggestion it would be appreciated. For those of you who have use a heavier weight rod with larger flies I would welcome your input. I have discovered when it comes to selecting fishing equipment it never hurts to get an opinion or two from your buddies.

8 comments:

Shoreman said...

Hi Bill. What about cruising LL Bean or Cabelas for one of those combo's you can get for a couple of hundred bucks? They are usually a good deal because they come with backing, line, and leader connector(with loop end)

Mark

Anonymous said...

The Echo Edge 84 is a fantastic all around warmwater rod (smallies, bucket mouths, pike, small muskie). I have it in an 8wt and love it. Great with floating line or sinking (200gr airflo is spot on). Great look and feel, would highly recommend.

http://www.rajeffsports.com/echo_edge.php

Bill Trussell said...

Anonymous
I will check it out---what length are you using. I feel I need something I can get some distance with. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Mark
Glad to hear from you. I will check out both places. I need to do this with the least amount of expense. Thanks for the comment

Ty said...

Hey Bill, I've always liked 7 wt rods for bass fishing with big poppers. In a pinch a fast 6 wt. will do, but I think the 7 is the perfect bass rod. Most 8 weights seem to be overkill IMO. I have an old TFO 7 wt that I use for all of my bassin' and it throws big poppers a long way with little effort. TFO rods are pretty affordable and have a lifetime warranty. Worth a look anyway.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
I have two TF rods and yes I know about the 7wt TF and it is one rod that I may consider getting. I am also looking at the Redington 7 wt. I have found out that most all brands have different action, so that is why I need to have the rod in my hands to get a feel for it. Thanks for the commnet

Sanders said...

I got nothing...but am interested in reading others responses. I ran into a similar problem back in MN.

Bill Trussell said...

Sanders
Thanks for the comment, and hopefully I will find that right fly rod.