Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fishing the Feather Light 2 Weight

For those of you who follow my blog know that I am a huge fan of Redington Fly rods; mainly because of their lightness and most important their purchase price. In my opinion there isn’t a better quality fly rod for a reasonable price on the market than their classic series. I decided a few weeks ago to purchase their 2 weight Classic Trout mainly to fish some of the small streams in the Smokey Mountains.

 I found out last week that it matches well with the rainbow on the Sipsey Tailrace in Alabama. I knew I would be landing trout in the 10 to 12 inch range and the 7 ½ ft. moderate action graphic rod got quite a workout that afternoon. I found this 2 weight to be a bit more forgiving than my 3 or 4 weight fly rods I fish with. I was surprised with degree of stiffness it had which helped it handled a couple 12” rainbow I landed that afternoon quite well. True I didn’t horse that size trout in quickly using it but with a bit of patience I brought both to hand. I did lose numerous trout that day mainly because of hook set and slow reaction time. Fishing a lighter fly rod could have contributed to the hook set issue. I kept forgetting I wasn’t fishing with a moderate fast action fly rod. The rod proved what I already knew when it came to placement and presentation of the fly using a 6X tippet. As most of you know the lighter the fly touches the surface film the better chance for a take; this fly rod meet that test. The slight breeze that afternoon didn’t affect my casting but I could see problems in moderate or heavy winds.
A lot of the bluegill I have caught on Laura Hill Lake in Lawrenceburg is smaller than what I am use to landing, so this 2 weight will compliment those well. The total weight of the Redington 2/3 reel and the Redington rod weights less than 4.6 ounces; my kind of combo for sure!!

12 comments:

Howard Levett said...

I can see what I think is the issue with the hook set and losing fish Bill. This is just my humble opinion and may or may not be correct. I find that when I change rods no matter what weight, that it takes a certain reaquaintance before I feel confident in the rod. Even if I've used it hundreds of times before. It makes sense to me that it was just a matter of getting used to the rod's action and light weight. If you are used to a 5 or 6 weight, casting a different rod that's a lot lighter weight it just makes sense that you will be fine the next time you use it. Best of luck next next!

Mark Kautz said...

The exact reasons I went to a 3 wt. 6' rod. Fishing small streams. Even with a small rod I still hang flies in the trees. But the fight on a lighter rod is outstanding.

The Bluegill Bug said...

Bill, first off, congratulations on the foresight to pick up a beautiful little rod to meet your needs on that size Trout and Bluegill that you speak of. I, too, am a Redington fan and love their action, casting ability, and price!! On a non-windy day I am sure your new rod will be a wonderful pleasure. Thanks for sharing.

Brk Trt said...

Bill your comments on Redington being a fine rod for the buck. They have a good track record of making fly rods of quality.

I like a softer action rod, and a little shorter.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
How true your statement is concerning fishing with different weight fly rods and the feel of each after you were casting a lighter or heavier weight fly rod---the 2 wt. is quite a change from my 5 weight---thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I thought about purchasing the shorter fly rod but I wanted a little longer rod to fish the small lakes here that have a ton of smaller bluegill---thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
You just can beat the action on one of these light fly rod---even a small bluegill seems like a pound bass---thank for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I second your comments about the Redington---forgot to mention the lifetime warranty which they back 100%---in fact my first Redington rod broke 10 years ago at the tip---sent the end section back and within a week I had a new end section—thanks for the comment

Walt Franklin said...

Bill, this sounds like a nice outfit to use on the lake or open areas as long as the wind is calm, especially if the rod has enough backbone to bring in larger fish quickly. Thanks for it.

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
A lot of fun with small fish for sure; hope to land bigger fish soon to test the backbone of the rod. Thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Bill, it's a great little rod for the money. I've used the 3 wt version for the last couple of years. A long cast for me is around thirty feet. With small flies and a long, fine tippet, one is capable of landing respectable fish in short order.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
I have both the 7 1/2 ft. and the 8 1/2 ft. in the 3 wt. and have landed nice rainbow on both. My 2 wt. will be used mainly for the small streams in the Smokies and some to land some smaller gills on the local lakes here. Thanks for the comment