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#11771042 - 08/11/16 08:22 AM Howdy All
Bruce Mc Offline
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Edna, Tx
First post here. I've been following for a few months and like the atmosphere. I've recently started back up with a fly rod after not using one for over 35 years. My main rod was an Orvis Full Flex 8' 8 weight I built from a kit when I was 14. I was hesitant to use that old glass rod so I bought two new rods, one a 5 weight and one a 7 weight. I haven't used the 5 weight much but I've been having a blast flinging bugs and streamers for bass on the 7. My question today is using a fly rod for redfish. I've never fished salt water with a fly rod. I've been told the 7 weight is sufficient for reds but I've got the bug for another rod. I'm thinking a 9 weight would be a logical choice to go along with the 7.
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#11771056 - 08/11/16 08:29 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
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Registered: 02/16/01
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Loc: McKinney TX USA
Looks like you are on the 3, 5, 7, 9 track. That works quite well. The corollary 2, 4, 6, 8 track being the even numbered alternative.

I am full of it today smile

A nine would let you throw bigger flies alright. I say, go for it.
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#11771062 - 08/11/16 08:32 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
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Registered: 09/24/02
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Loc: Sherman, TX
What Robin said. Going all "odd" or all "even" allows you to cover a wider range of fishing conditions with fewer rods. Then you can go back in and fill in the blanks (and you'll end up doing that at some point...)
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#11771073 - 08/11/16 08:37 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
Meadowlark Offline
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Registered: 11/04/04
Posts: 2850
Loc: East Texas
Howdy.

Good logical on thinking about the 9 wt. On windy days on the coast, and most of them are windy, the 7 wt just isn't enough rod to consistently get the job done. That choice sets you up for a wide variety of fishing conditions fresh or salt...5, 7, and 9.

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#11771098 - 08/11/16 08:50 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
Lloyd5 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/14
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Loc: Bosque County, Texas
Any reason to buy a new fly rod is a good reason, so I'd go for it!
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#11771145 - 08/11/16 09:31 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
wwest Offline
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Registered: 02/25/03
Posts: 462
Loc: San Antonio, TX, Midland, TX, ...
I would only add that you might consider a fast action rod, in Orvis lingo "tip flex" - less forgiving but a tighter loop will serve you well in the ever present wind. Also, a lot of manufacturers are making several models in 10' versions. If wading up past your knees or kayaking that extra 1 ft. is pretty handy in preventing water slap on the back cast, especially as the day wears on and I'm getting kinda tired. Just my thoughts. cool
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#11771151 - 08/11/16 09:36 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
wwest Offline
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Registered: 02/25/03
Posts: 462
Loc: San Antonio, TX, Midland, TX, ...
Almost forgot - consider a good saltwater class reel with a good drag with that new rod. A nice red can show you your backing and a good jack certainly will! cool
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#11771177 - 08/11/16 09:47 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
Bruce Mc Offline
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Edna, Tx
i've been looking at a tfo 9' 9 weight that's has a fast action, comes with a tfo reel. That a BVK version. The reel has a stainless drag.
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#11771644 - 08/11/16 02:29 PM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
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welcome To the TFF! cheers
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#11772132 - 08/11/16 06:29 PM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
wwest Offline
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Registered: 02/25/03
Posts: 462
Loc: San Antonio, TX, Midland, TX, ...
My opinion - can't go wrong with a TFO outfit. Good rods at great prices, stand behind their warranty no questions asked with a quick turnaround if you need it - and a Texas company to boot. If that BVK is the large arbor, you should be in good shape. If not, maybe consider upgrading to a large arbor model. Good to have fast line pickup if they turn around and run at you. Lastly, maybe consider the extra spool for the reel. MUCH easier to change spools, say to a long sink tip or sinking line when needed rather than re-spooling. Think transitioning from flats to deeper drop offs, jetties or surf. That 9 wt. will handle it all with the right line. Good idea for fresh water striper too. The extra spool thing - when models change, often extra spools get harder and harder to find. No hurry, just sayin... And tight lines to you. cool
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#11772170 - 08/11/16 06:44 PM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
BoPro Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 366
Loc: Arlington, TX
My Sage TCX 9 wt served me proper casting 10 inch flies up in Canada. Unlike 40 inch pike though, those saltwater fish like to runnnnn.... I'm not a TFO guy, but the BVK is a nice budget rod. No experience with the BVK reels, but make sure they have a sealed drag.
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#11772392 - 08/11/16 08:08 PM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
Bruce Mc Offline
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Edna, Tx
I thank ya'll for the warm welcome and for the sound advice.
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#11776224 - 08/14/16 10:15 AM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
texasflycaster Offline
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Registered: 01/18/08
Posts: 1359
Loc: Texas Water
Sevens and nines beat aces and eights. I'd say nine will help you cut that Coastal Bend wind. Sage Bolt.

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#11779312 - 08/15/16 10:39 PM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 63
Loc: Brazoria County
Did you get a rod yet? You might give that old fiberglass 8' 8wt. you built a shot if you think the components are saltwater worthy. Then again, you might not want to risk a rod that you built when you were 14.

I like my fiberglass Cabelas CGR 7-8wt. It's my preferred rod for fishing structure or drifting a shallow bay. At 7'6" it's real easy to swing most of the day. I'm not saying it's perfect, but it's fun to really feel a rod flex deeply sometimes in a way I don't experience with these faster graphite rods. You get a nice bend when fighting a fish, too. I fish most of the time standing up in a kayak so a 7'6" rod that works there might not fit the bill aa a wading rod. I have an 8wt BVK and at 9' it makes a better wading rod. I'm starting to pay attention to swing weight on rods as I like to cast a lot especially on days where the sight casting isn't great. From what I can tell from the things I read, that's where some of the higher end rods excel, low swing weights combined with all the power you need. The BVK has a lot of power but it starts to feel heavy after a while.

These rod threads always get me thinking about a rod that has it all. I don't know if it exists, but I probably doesn't hurt to search for it.

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#11781172 - 08/16/16 09:36 PM Re: Howdy All [Re: Bruce Mc]
Bruce Mc Offline
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Edna, Tx
I haven't bought that new rod yet
Still shopping.
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