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#202507 - 01/25/19 08:49 PM Re: Ultra Light Fishing? [Re: steveks]
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I second the 8 foot 4 weight 4 piece fly rod and a nice light reel. If you are in an area with big fish bring a 5 weight. 8 footers help you keep the fly higher. In reality a dozen flies is plenty. Jim
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#202531 - 01/29/19 11:42 AM Re: Ultra Light Fishing? [Re: jbylake]
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I carry a 9 ft, 6 weight, 6 piece, LL Bean rod that weighs, with carrying tube, about 13 oz. It's sometimes a bit of overkill but fishing is one of my main activities while backpacking and since most of my fishing is done high in the Rockies and on lakes where there's usually some wind, it works well for me.

The carrying tube is a fluorescent light tube that I got at HD. It's minimal protection but has worked well for me so far.

My reel is Lamson Guru and it, plus flies, leaders, tippet & hemos weighs about the same, 13oz.

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#202537 - 01/29/19 01:42 PM Re: Ultra Light Fishing? [Re: Jimshaw]
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How many flies you take depends a lot on whether you're lake fishing or stream fishing and, if the latter, how much brush-bashing or tree climbing you are willing to do to retrieve a stuck fly!
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#202569 - 02/03/19 10:18 PM Re: Ultra Light Fishing? [Re: OregonMouse]
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OM- I do not need many flies because I have such trouble tying them on the line (poor eyesight) that I never change it until it somehow goes missing. I throw the same old thing at every fish and it does not seem to matter. I caught the biggest fish ever (+20 inch Yellowstone Cutthroat) on a ratty fly that barely had a thread covering the hook!

Very annoying when I loose a new fly on the first cast because I tied it on wrong. Or the first fish runs off with it for the same reason.

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#202582 - 02/06/19 07:10 PM Re: Ultra Light Fishing? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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A lot of flys could use a bit of roughng up to make them more insect like.
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