Small Stream Rod
Posted 05 August 2012 - 01:45 AM
However, in the future I am looking to build a rod for fishing very small mountain streams. I'm looking for ideas about what would be best. These are extremely small, tight streams surrounded by mountain laurel, with small trout. I want something that will give me the most ability to cast and generally fish in those conditions. I don't need long casts at all but I want decent, fairly easy, ones between a lot of brush. I'm not set on speed, material, blank weight, line weight, etc.
I know Hardy has a 5' 2wt glass rod that looks neat and is supposed to be cast-able, but don't sell the blanks that I know of. I know Batson has a 5'6" 4 wt blank, but can't find any reviews. I'm not set on being under 6'6" but if it's possible it would be nice. If no my first thought is the 6'6" 3wt Lamiglas.
What are some things you guys have come up with? Also, anything in particular to think about as far as guides, seats, construction?
Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:47 PM
All it takes is some time. I have a sticky on here on how to make the ferrules. I made 5 footers and aslso added 9 inches onto the butt section and made a 5'9" glass rod that kicks butt.
Now if you're looking for a nice 3wt/7 foot glass rod, I got a friend that builds blanks but you're looking at $100 +.
I've made a bunch of 6 and 6'6" rods from graphite and like them too. Dorber makes a number of small,short blanks to use.
Posted 06 August 2012 - 01:43 PM
For a stream like you described, I don't think lenght matters that much...how much extra back cast does a 8 ft rod have that a 4 ft doesn't. NONE! The only time it comes into play is how low is the canopy above you is during bush wacking.
I'd focus on castability...some times shorter or slower rods need more line out to make them work. More line out = longer back cast = more headache in a "very small mountain streams" that are "extremely small, tight streams surrounded by mountain laurel, with small trout."
I've never fished tenkara stlye but it might be what your looking for. Just dabbing the water with a fly or extending over the edge of the bank without spooking the fish might be the ticket.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:41 PM
Fiberglass is also awesome here, made and pair of rods made on the Lamiglas 6 ft 6 in 3 wt, S glass, 6 piece blanks of yore, one fly, one spinning, my Dad loves them and willed back to me. The slower reaction times sure make many thing more possible to try in tight areas. My 5 ft 3 in., 1 to 4 lb., Fenglas rod was the spark for building these rods years later.
Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:44 AM
This thread is a little over a year and a half old. Don't look for an answer that quickly.
This is the second time I have done that...I could have sworn it was at the top of the page yesterday when I clicked the link...I need to cut down on the caffein and look at the dates before I post
Posted 28 March 2014 - 11:37 AM
But while we're here....Tex, show us some pics of the RDP when you get it done and let us know how you like it.
I've built a zero wt for brookies that I like a lot.
I recently built a 3wt that I am donating to an auction for Project Healing Waters.
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