Monday, July 2, 2012

The Mystery Fly Rod


Back in the early spring when I had started my bluegill quest I was fishing with one fly rod most of the time; that rod being my 9 ft. 3 wt Greys XF2 Streamflex. I have mention this fly rod a few times in some of my post as being the best fly rod I have ever place in my hand, and it still is, but after losing some huge Shellcrackers in the spring with it I decided I needed something with a bit more backbone. I didn’t really want something with too much overkill but a fly rod that would handle the big Shellcrackers and a couple pound spot. I knew that a medium action 9 ft in 4 wt would be close to my 3 wt so I opted for a fast action fly rod. I had fished fast action rods before in spinning gear but not in a fly rod. At first I had trouble getting use to the fast taper and the somewhat stiff butt section but after a few outings I really got accustomed to the feel of the rod; and now it is my go to fly rod when I know or can sense that there could be something bigger on that rock wall. So I know you are asking what is the name of this mystery rod, well I know some of you guys have fished the St. Croix series rods and the Imperial 9ft. 4 wt is the one I finally choose. Aside from the action of the rod the lightness was the other deciding factor. This fly rod weights in at 2.9 oz. in a two piece, which for me is perfect for a half day trip. When I am fishing from my boat I always carry two fly rods and both have to be extremely light for me to keep fishing on up into the day. You young guys out there will understand the lightness factor as you get older; some of you may have discovered it already. I didn’t pay full price for this rod which was 180.00, I decided to trade my last Temple Fork 8 ft. 4 wt in for the St Croix. I used Anglers Habitat to close the deal at a cost of 95.00.  I really like this site because you can trade in and save on a new purchase.
One of my favorite runs below the dam.  I hope to get a good drift there next week that will produce a few rainbow.     

12 comments:

Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

Can't go wrong with a St. Croix but I'm partial to my TFO's still
4wt Signature series and a 6wt. professional are the to rods I don't leave home without. I have a St. Croix Avid 7ft 3 wt that I love for small streams and heavy over head cover. I got 2nd hand only fished once and payed 35.00 for it. I'll tell you the rest of that story another time. Enjoy the rod!!!

Devin Angleberger said...

Sounds nice. Great post Bill

Brk Trt said...

I have an Avid 7ft for small streams and I love it. I also love my TFO 6ft'r.

Mark Kautz said...

Lighter is better. Good luck in that run.

Mark

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I don't fish with heavey fishing rods--use to when I was younger, but no more. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brk
I can see where the shorter fly rods are best for you, especially the type streams you fish. I do have a 7 1/2 ft. TFO and really like it. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I really like this fly rod not too much overkill, in fact just right for the type fishing I am using it for. The Signature series in TFO is outstanding. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Thanks Devin for the stop by

Ty said...

Nice post Bill. Never have cast a St. Croix but have heard good things about them.

Carp Fishing said...

Bill,Its a good content on Rod. To me it is better to have lighter on. In Fishing, I prefer Carp fishing. Whenevr the average size of the Carp is heavier, I would go for the heavier one.usually I Do Carp fishing in my own ponds, and have different rods too.Thanks for your post.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
This is my first St. Croix and I have been really pleased with its performance. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Carp Fishing
I can see where a heavier fly rod would be needed to combat a carp. Thanks for the comment