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Old 03-08-2015, 05:01 PM   #21
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Welcome aboard Picketpin and thank you for the information. A Griffiths Gnat work? What color poly?

I was speaking to a fellow last September about a particular pond and he said the trout he caught there felt like they had marbles in their bellies. He opened one up and it was full of snails. I would think fishing a snail pattern would be as boring as it gets.

Some guys I know who go to Algonquin every spring time their trip with the sucker run. Apparently the brookies follow the suckers into creeks and feast on sucker eggs.

What I would like to know is everyone's tackle preference, rods, lines etc.. I have heard a 9' 5 weight is the rod of choice....though I hate 9/5's myself. I've heard the well equipped pond fisherman needs 3 lines. A floater, intermediate and full sinker. I don't want to buy extra spools and carry 3 lines. What can you get away with?
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:07 PM   #22
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The 9 5 wt. is a great choice for the floating and intermediate lines. I'd get a 7 or 8 wt for trolling a sink tip, sinking line or lead-core. You can get some cheap rods on Amazon. Mine are Shakespeare ugly sticks. Extra spools isn't the end of the world. Stillwater fly fishing is more gear intensive...totally addicting though.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:13 PM   #23
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What I would like to know is everyone's tackle preference, rods, lines etc.. I have heard a 9' 5 weight is the rod of choice....though I hate 9/5's myself. I've heard the well equipped pond fisherman needs 3 lines. A floater, intermediate and full sinker. I don't want to buy extra spools and carry 3 lines. What can you get away with?

Gman,

I use a 9'6" six weight for most of my fishing. The longer the better if fishing out of a tube. A five weight is fine but if the wind kicks up (a guarantee in the Adirondacks) or to throw a larger fly the six gets the job done better IMO. If you only get one line, get a clear intermediate, but as Amnesiac said, extra spools are no big deal and lines go on sale regularly. I do not like casting with split shot so I do keep a uniform sink line handy for ponds where they might hold deeper. I think a 7 or 8 weight is severe overkill for your typical Adirondack Brookie. Obviously for a shallower beaver or bog mat pond a floating line would work fine, even with a subsurface fly.
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For once I agree with Glen. My setup is a 9'6" RL Winston 5 wt and there are days when I wish I had a little bit more power to throw flies into the wind. A 6 wt would do it.

For carrying all those lines look at the Hardy CLS cassette reel. The reel is well designed and the cassettes are $10 apiece. If you use Cast Connects from Anglers Image to attach your leader then cassette changes are a cinch. Just clamp your hemostats onto your leader, clip it off at the connector, re-thread through the Cast Connector, put a good overhand knot or two in the end of the leader and seat it in the connector. You are now instantly back in business. This is good, because it will encourage you to change lines more often to match the conditions.
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7 and 8s are overkill for casting but if you're trolling a fly deep with a heavy line and you don't want to put stress on a nice rod the beastly Shakespeare's are great.
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Old 03-09-2015, 12:21 AM   #27
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Nine and a half feet! Are you guys Englishmen?
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I'm actually thinking about building a 10 ft rod if I can find a blank with the right characteristics. For lake/pond fishing you want a high modulus rod that can hammer out a lot of line but you also want a soft enough tip that you don't break off big fish on the take.
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When you guys fish the back country ponds do you use a four section pack rod or a two section rod? I use a Orvis four section 5tw with a floating line , plus a sink tip on another spool. if I need it,
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When you guys fish the back country ponds do you use a four section pack rod or a two section rod? I use a Orvis four section 5tw with a floating line , plus a sink tip on another spool. if I need it,

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I have a four piece and a 3 piece I bring as a backup. I like the action of 3 piece rods better but when going through a spruce thicket every inch counts.

Years ago I bought a 10' Loomis 3 weight, which actually casts better with a 4. I don't use it on the ponds as it is a 2 piece rod so the case is too long. It's great on streams though and mends line like a champ.
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CRB I use 2 rods in the back country ponds. I use a 4 section rod and a 6 section rod. My 4 section rod is a Sage XP 9' 5wt. This rod is fast action and has tons of back bone to cast big streamers. I also have a 6 section rod. The 6 section rod is a Cabelas Stowaway 6. The Cabelas isn't as fast and actually feels like a wet noodle compared to the Sage, but its just fine for trolling. I take the 6 section rod on trips where I want to move fast and pack light. Like you I bring a reel with 2 spools. One spool with a WF5F line and the second rigged with an Intermediate sinking line also 5wt.
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I also bring 4 piece rods. The places we sometimes get to make short rod cases a necessity.

In my arsenal are:

The aforementioned RL Winston Boron II 4 piece 9'6"
a Gatti 5 piece 9'
a Gatti 3 piece 9'
A Hook&Hackle 4 piece 9' beast that's virtually unbreakable
an older RL Winston 3 piece 9' with a seemingly medium action but the backbone to throw a bunch of line

My fave is the Boron II. The Gatti's cast like a dream but are better stream rods. Not great for hauling up a fully sunken Type V line. The H&H should be in the hands of a lion tamer but it is my unbreakable insurance policy and my most brought, seldom fished backup rod.
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I use two piece rods and then lash them with elastic velcro straps to the oars I use with my blackjack.
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How spooky are brookies with the tube?
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How spooky are brookies with the tube?
THAT's why I use a tube. They are much more stealthy than any other fishing platform.

I've had brookies, big ones, rise so close to the tube I could reach out and pet them. This happens reasonably frequently. The other interesting thing is that it's not uncommon to hook a good fish just as you're raising your rod to make your next cast. One of my favorite fish ever , a corpulent 19 inch female,took a damsel like that, just as it reached the surface. I got the 10-feet-away view of the whole thing in ultra-clear water. It was a very small pond and Glen and I fished for hours without putting the fish down.
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THAT's why I use a tube. They are much more stealthy than any other fishing platform.

I've had brookies, big ones, rise so close to the tube I could reach out and pet them. This happens reasonably frequently. The other interesting thing is that it's not uncommon to hook a good fish just as you're raising your rod to make your next cast. One of my favorite fish ever , a corpulent 19 inch female,took a damsel like that, just as it reached the surface. I got the 10-feet-away view of the whole thing in ultra-clear water. It was a very small pond and Glen and I fished for hours without putting the fish down.

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Such a wiseass

Truth is, if I didn't show him how to do it Glen would never catch anything.
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Truth is, if I didn't show him how to do it Glen would never catch anything.

I've got even more compromising pictures of you but it wouldn't be fair to the goat...
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