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PostPosted: 08 Jul 2012, 21:01 • # 1 
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Got a chance to get out on the banks of the Ohio river. A lot larger than the smaller waters I normally fish. For the small water I use a 2/3 or 4/5 weight rod but decided to take the FF857 for this venture. The larger size allowed me to throw larger flies like huge clousers. What is everyone else's favorite greater than 6 weight rod? I was thinking of getting a Steffens blank but not sure if the rods made out of the word that begins with a "g" would be more practical after a certain line weight.


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PostPosted: 08 Jul 2012, 22:21 • # 2 
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go with the rod you have the most confidence fishing! If you are not sure of material, try a demo shop or friend's graphite rigged with your reel, line and typical fly you plan to use. what rig was the most comfortable? Which casts best for you? I would not worry about casting distance unless you are an east coast striper guy a heart, standing in chest deep surf casting with all you have. :D If so, don't forget the tylenol, linament and or ice pack.


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PostPosted: 08 Jul 2012, 23:50 • # 3 
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I got a Steffen 8'0" 6/7wt this winter and have fished it three times so far. IMO it's a 7wt. I fished it on a big western river out of a drift boat with streamers and a sink tip one day, and two other days on a spring creek making 10'-40' casts with streamers and crayfish. It is awesome for both purposes, but then again, I'm a thoroughly biased Steffen fan.


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 02:44 • # 4 
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I am compelled to mention (again) my 8' 2pc gowdy. A 6/7 wt rod that i truly enjoy! Can throw weighted nymphs and streamers as well as it throws dries.


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 07:28 • # 5 
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In the past year, I've cut down a number of 5/6 & 6/7 FG rods that were 8-8.5'. They now range in length from 7-7.5'. They do very well handling a 7 or 8wt line and up to sz 2 deer hair bugs, clousers and other weighted subsurface baits. The shorter rod doesn't generate the speed of a 9' rod but you can make 50-60' casts all day without worrying about a hernia, worn out shoulder, wrist or elbow.
Jim


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 11:33 • # 6 
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I don't get to fish it as much as I've hoped, but my goto 7wt glass rod is an 8'6" wonderrod with a surprisingly fine tip.


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 12:05 • # 7 
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Glass makes wonderful 8.5 ft rods and they are SOOO much easier on your arm than graphite. Any of the nice classics, Fenwick, Parametric, Fisher, work well.

A Parametric 8.5ft 7wt 2pc I have is an amazing rod, and a recently aquired 8.5ft lami Sglass 8wt is quickly becoming a fav too. The there is a Dark brown Fenwick, 8.5ft rated 6wt, really a 7wt, what joy. So much good glass, so little time ...


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 13:15 • # 8 
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The Conolons work well for me in 7-8 weight. For a little more power, I have rebuilt a Wonderod (Woody), that is 8'-6", and handles 8 wt well with heavier flies. It is a bit tip heavy, but then, it's not a lot of money. With a Bronson 380 multi, it serves the purpose. I too fish the Ohio. Best of Luck to You!


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 13:35 • # 9 
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I've got a Berkley "Specialist" 8' 7wt that I am beginning to like more and more. It will handle a typical 8wt floater and Peach 444 F/S 8wt (with a 10' type IV sink rate tip). It also likes my SA Ultra 4 WF7F Bass Bug taper line. The tip is soft enough to even appreciate typical sized blue gills, however the butt is strong enough to pull a 6# bass out of the weeds! The rod is fairly light, being "S" glass and pairs well with Martin 67SS and a Diawa SF708 reels. Tryed to get rid of it once, but I think it was made to be a keeper. Thinking about one day getting it re-furbed with a new grip and fresh set of guides.


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 14:06 • # 10 
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I regularly fish 7 weight for bass fishing. These are my preferred tools at this weight:

7.5' Orvis Powerflex
8.0' Curt Gowdy; Browning 222980; Conolon 2025-B
8.5' Cortland F-2000

And when I prefer an 8 weight:

8.5' Orvis Fullflex


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 14:23 • # 11 
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I like my 7 wt Orvis fulflex


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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2012, 17:43 • # 12 
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ARReflections wrote:
Got a chance to get out on the banks of the Ohio river. A lot larger than the smaller waters I normally fish. For the small water I use a 2/3 or 4/5 weight rod but decided to take the FF857 for this venture. The larger size allowed me to throw larger flies like huge clousers. What is everyone else's favorite greater than 6 weight rod? I was thinking of getting a Steffens blank but not sure if the rods made out of the word that begins with a "g" would be more practical after a certain line weight.

Is there anything wrong with your 857? Feel free to send it to me if there is.

The FF85 and 857 are nice rods. I have a couple of the 8' Fenwick blank rods (FL96-x, comperable to FF806 or FF807) blanks that are nice bass/warmwater rods as well.

If I were buying a new rod, I would be tempted by one of McFarland's 7'9" parabolic rods.

There are so many good 7wt fiberglass rods out there. I have a Sage 789 SLF sglass that is nice, but I think the Fenwicks are nicer.

Carl


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PostPosted: 10 Jul 2012, 10:49 • # 13 
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Love my Orvis Fullflex A 8' 7-weight.


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PostPosted: 10 Jul 2012, 18:04 • # 14 
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majicwrench wrote:
Glass makes wonderful 8.5 ft rods and they are SOOO much easier on your arm than graphite. Any of the nice classics, Fenwick, Parametric, Fisher, work well.

A Parametric 8.5ft 7wt 2pc I have is an amazing rod, and a recently aquired 8.5ft lami Sglass 8wt is quickly becoming a fav too. The there is a Dark brown Fenwick, 8.5ft rated 6wt, really a 7wt, what joy. So much good glass, so little time ...

All of the rods you've listed above are fine rods with a nice medium action. But, there are many sweet graphite rods with actions as nice and sweet as these but a little lighter on the wrist and hand. Most can be had rather cheaply too. I've used two of these all summer fishing nearly every day on big rivers that used to be made in Chico, California.


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PostPosted: 10 Jul 2012, 20:11 • # 15 
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If you can manage it acquire a 'Unity with the Universe' rod from Tom Morgan Rodsmith's in blank form.
I am lucky enough to have one in that format. Fishes like a light 6wt an balances very well and handles a 7wt with aplomb.

I believe an 8 1/2' Winston Fiberglass is the same taper as the above rod.


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