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Since we have a few people on here now that fly fishes I would like to know everyones set up(rods,reels) current and must haves.

Mine would be a cabelas 7wt 8 1/2 ft with a scientific angler reel, set up for bass. It was the set up I learned on and love it but just retired it from trout service.

My second would be a 5wt 8 1/2ft G-loomis GL-3 (thanks Snoot) with a Redington Red Fly 2 reel. With Rio Grand 5wt line, Rio leader, and Rio tippetts, ranging from 5x to 7x.

My must have would be a 4wt 7 1/2 ft Orvis Bamboo with a Ross Flow reel. But I dont plan on spending over 4 grand for a set up anytime soon....
 

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i would prefer an orvis bait n kill reel with a good 8ft sage rod 4wt but that is just my opinion i think your set up is awesome what does fishingirl use
 

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Ah she dont, but im trying to get her too. She's still throwin roosters. Sage makes an awsome rod, good choice Bro......
 

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well the rooster seems to work pretty well for her she catches alot of trout
 

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Yeah she does,,,,,,,sometimes more than me.
 

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For smallies I use a Sage 691-4 (6wt) XP and a 1.5 lamson litespeed reel with 444 flyline (about to change). For trout I use a old Sage 490-2 (4wt)LL and the old cork drag lamson with Rio line, I also have the 389-3 and the 590-3 LLs but I love the 4wt the best. Does anyone do any tying?
 

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Very nice I love Lamson reels. As far as tying flies there are a few on here that tie but I dont think any tie the sizes we are looking for. But since you fish alot for smallies you may wanna throw it out to some people in the tackle making section. What kind of line are you wanting to put on the reel your wanting to change.
 

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I dont really know yet. Im going to try out the new sharkskin but for 100 bucks
Im also thinking of the SA GPX. What fly is your goto fly?
 

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I thought about the sharkskin too. Let me know how it is.

My go to fly would be a tan sulfer or a zebra midge in the summer. Ive been catching trout on the tan sulfer all year.
 

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To many to list. My main trout rod is an 8 1/2ft, 4wt Thomas & Thomas with a Ross reel spooled with some Rio Grande. Orvis 9 1/2ft, 6wt for the bass. My goto fly would be a caddis. Elkhair and emerger. There is always some kind of caddis out there regardless of where you fish
 

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I have three fly rods...

1st is a 6 1/2 ft 3wt Cabelas Greenwood 2pc, Double Taper Floating line with an Orvis Nylon Leader and I only use Flourocarbon tippet material

2cnd is a 7 1/2 ft 4wt Browning 6pc, Double Taper Floating line same leader and tippet material as above

3rd is a 8 1/2 ft 6wt Browning 6pc, Weight Foreward Floating line same leader and tippet material as above



The rod I wish I could have???? Probably a Special Conservation Limited-Edition Trout Bum Rod 704-4 or a Special Edition Mitey Mite Bamboo Fly Rod and Janciuras Reel. But I would buy a clearance rod and reel combo for $50 also if I was in need of a fishing rod. To me it is not so much about the rod and reel combo, or what stuff I have hanging off my vest...to me it is about presenting a fly and having it turned down or snatched up with just a flicker of the leader end and then the hook set!



I almost always fish nymphs and wets...my go to fly would be a brown and black wooly booger or one that I made up and have had excellent success with at Paint Creek...so I call it the Paint Creek Special



I have not fished with a store bought fly in 5 or 6 yrs...I am not the worlds best or fastest tier but I do supply my 2 brothers and my dad with their flies. If we ever meet and swap flies you quickly will realize that my flies are not meant to collect or look fancy...they are meant to catch fish...



I was not totally correct on the store bought flies...I just remembered the reason I have the Browning 6wt...Smallies!!! I have been using some store bought flies for smallies... I will say this is my next passion. I had a wonderful trip on the Little Pigeon last year. All day with bass smashing my plugs and boogers! Awsome!!!



We need a flyfishing smiley!
 

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Thats great stalker. Its not about the equipment, it's about getting out and fooling a big brown (or heck sometimes little rainbows). I dont use store bought flies, I do bye them, take them apart, and then tye my own. Thats just my way.
 

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I have been tying for several months now. As long as the fly's I am tying are #16 or bigger, no problem. The small stuff I will still have to buy until I can get a magnifying glass to see the little things.
 

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With a little fly, I think they are easier as long as you can see them. Getting down in size say 26, 28, and 30 everyone needs a magnifying glass. Not as much attention to detail on the small flies IMHO.
 

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You are right. There isn't much to detail, but if you can't see it you can't tie it. I don't know if any of you have any trouble tying on the little flies - if you do buy a pair of the flip focals that attach to your hat bill. They have made my life a lot simpler when dealing with the micro flies and are not in the way when you don't need them. Good investment @ $16.00 if you need them
 

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I have a a tying lamp (the ones with the magnifying glass and a light bulb) that helps alot when tying smaller flies...It also helps to dry the head cement. And for tying on small flies: I have not had trouble yet but my dad needs help so, we got him a set of quick ties. You place these little wire tools through the eye before you set out and when you are ready to tie one on you push your tippet through the end of the wire loop, that is way bigger than the eye of a hook, and simply pull the line through the eye. They are kind of expensive put really do quick work for tying small flies to your tippet. You can find them in a Orvis shop, Bass Pro, Cabelas or online...
 

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Two of my rods are from bass pro and one's a cortland fiberglass fly rod. I use a cortland rimfly reel. one rod is 7/8wt for bass the other is a 3wt for gills and heart attacks. The glass rod is a wall hanger now. one bass bug taper line, one WF7F and one WF3F. Still need a sinking tip line for the 7wt.
 
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