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tah1982

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Went to Montissippi the other day and caught a few smallies on my 10wt (my pike rod) and had a blast. Looking to get a new rod just for bass. Any recommendations?

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For smb i would look at six to eight weights primarily. Bigger flies and longer casts- fast action seven or eight weight. and small flies maybe a six weight. I have a super fast action seven weight that i love for smb.

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Montissippi Park in Monticello. There is a power plant that discharges water and it keeps the river from icing over. Its catch and release only for bass. Saw some people catching catfish and small pike with suckers from the bank.

Thanks for the input on the rods. Any particular rod you could recommend?

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I'm considering getting out the long rods and making that short trek from my place. I could use some time away from the ice.

I've got an Echo Ion 7wt 10' rod that I like a lot. If you think you'll be doing a lot of swinging flies through current, it's a very good rod paired with an 8wt steelhead line.

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I used a TFO 8wt. all summer for smallies and northern on the river. Plenty of backbone to turn them out of the current and away from snags. IMHO I wouldn't go less than an 8wt. and I think a 10wt. takes some of the fun out of it.

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Road Trip?

i would if i had a suitable rod for the river.. 5wt is pushin it.. and im not a big fan of my 8wt.. tempted to put it on a-sales-site and see if i can get any bites

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I like my TFO TiCRx 8wt. There are a lot of nice rods out on the market, stop in at The Fly Angler/Thorne Bros. talk to their fly guys they will usually let you go cast the rods on the grass outside their shop in Blaine. I have Sage 3 and 5 wt rods for trout fishing and prefer them over most other rods I have ever cast. I have an old St. Croix Imperial 8 wt that I got when they removed the line awhile back and it is a great rod too. They have just brought it back but I haven't had a chance to cast the new version to see what I think.

If it were me I would get an 8 versus a 7 especially if you fish the Mississippi. You get a lot of versatility in the size flies you can cast. Get a rod you feel comfortable with and fits your casting style. Also, my TFO rod has caught bonefish, steelhead, pike, carp, and largemouth.

Hope that helps!

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Love my LST 5wt. throw lots of clousers and toppwatters. Have the RIO Clouser line. It's for throwing heavier baits. Works very nice!It's what I fish with 90% of the time. Anything bigger really seems to be over kill and HEAVY,I have an 8wt. rod but it's just no fun. I can still appreciate the fight of a 12" Bass, and have plenty of control when a big cat carp pike or muskie bites. (I catch my share of good size fish being I'm less than 10 mins from year round open water and take advantage of it at every opertunity,) I can cast pretty good size baits with it too.

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Really thinking about the ticrx. I have a BVK in 4wt and love it. Have heard alot of good things about the ticrx.

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I love my LST.. been looking at the LSi because i love my LST 2wt so much

My 10wt is a LSi and it is a great rod.

What 8wt rod do you have?

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My 8wt is a Gander mt rod. Bought it because I was told a 5wt would be too light for S H. I like it but don't use it much, just don't need something so heavy, (don't mean weight wise). Caught a stealhead on it on my first trip, but the 5wt makes the smaller fish fun too. Keep it for Extra big pike/ski flies. over 4'' big fluffy things. Everything else, the 5wt does great. Looking at a 3wt, 9'6" CZN or 9' LSI can't decide, for trout and lakes panfish/bass. Based on reviews leaning towards the CZN, 6" longer. Extra lenghth Should be good when in a Tube or wading too.

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My 8wt is a Gander mt rod. Bought it because I was told a 5wt would be too light for S H. I like it but don't use it much, just don't need something so heavy, (don't mean weight wise). Caught a stealhead on it on my first trip, but the 5wt makes the smaller fish fun too. Keep it for Extra big pike/ski flies. over 4'' big fluffy things. Everything else, the 5wt does great. Looking at a 3wt, 9'6" CZN or 9' LSI can't decide, for trout and lakes panfish/bass. Based on reviews leaning towards the CZN, 6" longer. Extra lenghth Should be good when in a Tube or wading too.

at $140 right now you really cannot go wrong with the CZN 3wt.. plus its the big C brand.. so you can field test it for up to like 30 days i believe and if you dont like it return it no questions asked

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"at $140 right now you really cannot go wrong with the CZN 3wt.. plus its the big C brand.. so you can field test it for up to like 30 days i believe and if you dont like it return it no questions asked"

I think I like it!

And I want the $85. Griffon vice.

I need some over time!

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"at $140 right now you really cannot go wrong with the CZN 3wt.. plus its the big C brand.. so you can field test it for up to like 30 days i believe and if you dont like it return it no questions asked"

I think I like it!

And I want the $85. Griffon vice.

I need some over time!

check 3bay.. much better deals on vises

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Well...

After brag'n up my LST, Was out in the wind Thurs. Hefty casts into the wind, about a mile up from my truck...

Big cast forward, (caught one SMB abought 13")

Forcast heave! CRACK!

about 2' up from the but end.

Caught a bunch of little bass on 6' of the tip with the butt and reel tucked under my L. arm.

Bright side?

The Big C replaced it! same day with a LSI. I did pay the differance about $40.

I was so happy I bought the CZN 3 wt.

I'll be back out Mon.

Good Lord Willing!

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nice! I think im gonna end up buying one of the 9'6" 7wt LSi/Premier combo.. just around $260 and comes prespooled with Prestige Premier.. love my 2wt lsi..

interesting to know its a $40 upgrade fee for the LSi.. hmm... my 2wt may have an accident in the near future wink

honestly surprised i haven't killed it yet.. i did slam the tip in the door one day.. and it was perfectly fine..

I too hope im out monday.. didn't get out all week because of this dang cold.. i didn't wanna get sicker by getting my fix.. so ive just been patiently waiting to get better

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Love casting the new LSI 4 peice 5wt!

Well for about 6 hrs...

Second day on the water landing a little SMB,

SNAP, this time about a foot from the tip.

Don't think it was bent too exteamly when it broke.

Maybe whacked it with the clouser?

Wouldn't be the 1st time.

The Rogers place replaced, again.

This time with a two piece 5wt LST.

It does cast differently. Slower action.

I'm not a great caster, so change is tough for me.

Hopeing maybe the two peice won't go snap as easily as the four.

Made it intact for 1, 3hr trip so far,

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that blows... glad i decided to go with a st croix instead of the lsi.. love my lst.. and hope it dont break.. d*mn if i need to be driving all the way to rogers to replace a broken rod

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