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    Hi all,

    I did a fair bit of searching, but couldn't find the answer I was loking for ..

    A while back, I rediscovered fishing and went nuts buying stuff and ended up with a Masterline 7/8 weight outfit with a view to flinging flies at small bass and pollack as well as reservoir trout.

    This year I'm determined to actually wet a line or two, but the fishing I have easy access to is the river Avon - which is within cycling distance so I thought it would make sense to practice on coarse fish in between casting lessons ...

    Am I correct in thinking that a dainty 4 weight rod and (weight - forward ?) line would make more sense than clumsily sploshing about with my 8 weight - albeit with a generous leader ?

    And if so, is there a low cost rod folks could recommend ?

    thanks...





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    Shrek Guest

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    Yes, a #4 line would make much more sense.

    As for a low cost rod, if you have a look on eBay (that is if you do "shop" there) then anything by Greys would be good, you might well pick up a cheap GRX rod as they are "so last season, darling" but a perfectly good rod.

    These are good rods:

    Greys G-Series

    Dependant on your budget, you might get a good rod and reel deal with some places.

  3. #3

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    Thanks, they certainly look the business .. maybe a little more than I want to spend right now, so I'm looking at the Masterline XL #4/#5 7 foot rod...

    What difference would an extra foot make in practice - they do an 8 foot version ... since access is limited, lots of trees and stuff .. would a shorter rod make presentation easier or harder ?

    Another silly question, is there any reason why I shouldn't use a #4 line on a "wide arbor" reel intended for 7 / 8 weight ?
    (rather than buying yet another reel ?)

    One thing I notice is that the lighter lines are more expensive ...


  4. #4
    Shrek Guest

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    Shorter rods are much easier to cast with when there are lots of trees and bushes around.

    Personally I wouldn't use a #7/8 reel with a #4 rod as it would upset the balance of the outfit. There may only be a couple of ounces difference in weight between them, but when you're putting them on a rod that only weighs 3 ounces if makes a lot of difference. I don't think a river reel needs to be all that fancy and treat it more as a line reservoir than anything else. To this end, I never spend more than 10 on them as they don't need to be fancy.

    As for lines, I've sent you an email on that.

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    Thanks mate.

    Excellent advice all round

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