Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mismatched fly rod and reel

Started out with this fly. Bought it last year. Not sure what it's called. I had my 8 wgt. rod. Went out to the local pond. It has been about a week and a half since I went out there. Algea or some sort of bloom happened on the bottom of some parts of the pond. I was using sinking line. Obviously, I was pulling in green stuff. I tried a few poppers and landed a few bream.

After trying several flies, I switched to floating line. However, it was 4 wgt. line and I only brought my 8 wgt. I didn't want to head back to the truck. So, I decided to mismatch line and rod. It wasn't too bad but there obviously wasn't much flexibility in the rod and line wasn't coming off as it would with a lighter rod.

It was my first time to mismatch line with rod. I am used to heavy flies with an 8 wgt. rod but really couldn't tell if it was my casting or that I had light line with a light fly that was causing my casting to look and feel horrible. I was slapping line on the water too.

Now I see the importance of keeping lines and rods matched up.

Still lookin' for bass.


  1. Riverwalker
    What weight rod do you use to fly fish for gills? Do you use the same weight line as the the rod? The reason I am asking is I tried to use a lighter weight line with a 7 wt. rod and didn't get the cast ability I was looking for. I found out it really matters when you mismatch the line with the rod weitght.

  2. Riverwalker... The simple way to determine if a line is right for a rod is that fly lines are designed in weight to fully load a mathing fly rod with 30 feet of line in the air. Even for the best of casters loading an eight weight rod with a two weight line would be almost impossible! Each rod is a little different and you can usually go up one size in your line, for example fishing a three weight line on a two weight rod will give you really great control on shorter casts. In some instances you can go down one line size also and get very delicate presentations, but the gap you had is too wide to cover. For the fishing you're doing your best shot is probably a weight forward or bass bug taper in a floating line and a weight forward intermediate sinker. The fly you're showing is basically a Woolly Bugger with some (looks like) rubber added to the tail. This pattern will catch the hell out of the bass, but try to find someone to tie you up some with a weed guard and in colors that would roughly match what ever colors you'd fish a jig in. Slow roll it along the bottom, particularly around the beds when the bass are bedding and they'll hammer the thing. Just remember that with a fly rod you're not going to be able to yank them out of cover like old Bill Dance does!
    Hope that helps.....