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07-25-2020 11:20 AM
DeceiverBob Mag hunter I don't know if you have made a decision yet, so I thought I would give a heads up.
Madison River fishing company has Fenwick Aetos on sale for $125, normal price is $190. However they only have 8 wts

https://www.mrfc.com/collections/sal...-aetos-fly-rod

I have no personal with this rod but most online reviews say this rod fishes above its price point.
07-21-2020 05:09 PM
3denduke Hope you are prepared for the addiction
The range of applications can get huge...
07-21-2020 03:43 PM
Blackdot
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Originally Posted by DoyleAlley View Post
You might want to separate your needs into two separate purchases. Spend your real money on a heavier 7-8 wt outfit for reds and bass and pick up an inexpensive 4-5 wt just for bluegill. You can pick up a basic 5-wt setup from BPS for about $80.
Good call.
07-21-2020 10:33 AM
DoyleAlley You might want to separate your needs into two separate purchases. Spend your real money on a heavier 7-8 wt outfit for reds and bass and pick up an inexpensive 4-5 wt just for bluegill. You can pick up a basic 5-wt setup from BPS for about $80.
07-21-2020 10:00 AM
Blackdot I had a few of the TFO NTX combos (7/8WT). They were fine for bass and any freshwater fish I was targeting in Southern MS. I wish I went with the 5/6 wt for more fun but they both will work for you.
07-13-2020 03:48 PM
Cej2525 I know a lot of folks are fans of TFO. I had a chance to cast a few at our last Hossfly meeting and they are nice. It will be a tough decision between a 5 & 6wt in my opinion. If you do a fair amount of bream fishing with occasional bass and slot Reds then I would go for the 5wt. If it's occasional Bream and more Bass and Reds then go with a 6. That's just my opinion.

I have put plenty of slot Reds in the boat on a 6wt in the marsh where they were stripped in and never hit the reel. It will handle bass fine as well. The down fall is it won't feel as fun with the panfish.

If it were me I would go with a 5wt if I had one rod. You could always try over lining a bit towards a 6wt line to get a bit bigger fly out on a marsh trip but still have a blast with smaller fish.
07-13-2020 03:33 PM
magnoliahunter I guess around $200 if possible to get a decent rig for that much. I am in Brandon. I used to fly fish a lot as a teen but that was 40 years ago.

I wouldn't necessarily be fishing for bream and bass at the same time, so flies for bream and then different flies and poppers for bass. I will start out fishing at my 3ish acre lake. I have a small boat there that I will be fishing out of so i won't have to worry about ending up in the trees on the back side.

thanks,
07-12-2020 02:03 PM
DeceiverBob In addition to what Charlie said if you let us know what part of the state you are from that would help. If you have never fly fished before a casting lesson before you look at rods would help. There are clubs in the Jackson area and on the coast and most of them offer casting instruction when there is not a pandemic. The clubs can also offer names of local retailers that have flyrods for sale.


And Rinanode how about starting a thread and tell us about some of your fly fishing adventures. it's going to take using some other keys besides the "+" and the "1".
07-12-2020 12:28 PM
Cej2525 I second Bob on the 7 or 8wt. I primarily use 2 different 7wts. I have one with a more moderate action with a pretty standard grain line for most of my fishing. I also have a faster 7wt with a heavier line (SA Titan taper) for casting in the wind or for bigger flies.

We could also be a bit more help if we knew your budget for the rod and reel only.
07-12-2020 09:36 AM
magnoliahunter
thanks guys

I'll check out some 7/8 wt rods and get back with more questions.

thanks,
Trav
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