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  • Sea Trout Fly Rod

    #1
    What is the best length and line weight for a sea trout rod?

  • #2
    I would be choosing a 10-10'6 #8 for the Dyfi, Mawddach and Tywi. I wouldn't go any shorter without a really good reason. I know rods shorter than 10' are fashionable, and lighter to cast, but they really limit your line control.

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    • #3
      Oh dear. That means my 2 9 feet 6 inch rods will never do for the coming season's assault on the Tywi.

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      • #4
        Opinions TCT! There are lots of regular sewin men who use 9'6" rods and catch lots more fish than me. I took a 9' rod on the lower Tywi once and felt that I would have been much better off with something a lot longer. On the other hand I have never found my 10'6 too long even on much smaller rivers. I do think shorter rods are easier to cast, and are lighter. On a reservoir a 9'6 rod has the edge, but I would rather take my big stick after sewin .

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        • #5
          I have an 11' 3" Daiwa Salmon / Sea Trout rod that seems to be just right.

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          • #6
            I did very well in the days when I used to fish the Wear regularly for sea trout with a no 2 Mepps. The rod was 7' whipped up on Hardy glass blanks (not fibatube) and easily handled fresh-run fish to 5lbs. I lost one much bigger fish on this rod, if not double-figure then certainly near, but that was the fault of the angler, not the rod.
            A short rod will handle the fish without a problem, and I'm sure everyone has seen the picture of Lee Wulff hand-tailing a decent salmon taken on a very short rod (5" if I remember correctly).
            A longer rod will help with line control when fishing a fly.



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