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Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Jeremy Wagner (---.customer.alter.net)
Date: March 13, 2019 01:06PM

Good afternoon,

I have a customer looking for a travel rod to fish for Golden Dorado in South America. He fishes La Zona and some places in Bolivia throwing the typical topwater baits and spinnerbaits ranging in weight from 1.5-5oz. I'm afraid the blank he wants doesn't exist- 4 piece, 7'6", and white. I'm more concerned with getting him the proper rod for the job than meeting the color spec. I'm aware of the 3-piece MHX TR-906-3 as well as the Phenix RTX-760-3M-B. Both are 3-piece rods rated for 15-40lb line . Are there any others that I'm overlooking? Any suggestions?

Thank you,
Jeremy

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: james stavola (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: March 13, 2019 08:12PM

Check out a 14-16 weight fly rod I think most are 8’ 6”, could be modified.

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Grant Darby (172.92.68.---)
Date: March 13, 2019 08:48PM

I'm pretty sure Batson still offers a few 3 piece travel rods, SWT 7' in three line classes. Good price, great blanks.

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (172.58.45.---)
Date: March 14, 2019 10:04AM

They use 8 - 10 wts fly rods for these fish, why would you need such a heavy gear rod? Are they tailwater fishing heavy current?
Talking to some friends they used the same gear they would for peacock bass.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/14/2019 10:07AM by Spencer Phipps.

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Jeremy Wagner (---.customer.alter.net)
Date: March 14, 2019 12:56PM

Thank you for the replies!

Spencer,
Yes, that's exactly what he's doing. La Zona is a tail water that sees heavy current at times- combine that with world class size fish and the need for heavier tackle is there. If he was fishing head water streams in Bolivia with smaller fish and less current, I'd be looking at lighter gear.

I'm not a fan of trying to use a fly rod for this application. The only 7'6" blanks I'm aware of are the ones I listed in my original post. I'm looking at those particular blanks due to the size of the baits being thrown as well as the size of the fish. As an avid musky fisherman, I can tell you that being under powered with a rod when trying to throw heavy baits is an awful situation. It can ruin a trip. My customer specifically said he'd rather be overpowered than underpowered.

Jeremy

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Bob Ginther (---.your-info.net)
Date: March 14, 2019 01:50PM

St Croix has the following SCIV 3pc 7'6" travel rod: 4T76HF3 for line 15-30lb and lures 3/4 - 3oz

plus they have the same blank rated one notch up as an XH for lures 1-3 oz and I don't recall the line weights

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Jeremy Wagner (---.customer.alter.net)
Date: March 14, 2019 02:51PM

Bob Ginther Wrote:
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> St Croix has the following SCIV 3pc 7'6" travel
> rod: 4T76HF3 for line 15-30lb and lures 3/4 -
> 3oz
>
> plus they have the same blank rated one notch up
> as an XH for lures 1-3 oz and I don't recall the
> line weights

Bob, my initial thought was that exact line of blanks but then I remembered not seeing them listed by any suppliers for awhile. I can't find them on any suppliers websites or catalogs. I'd love to have a couple of them!

Thanks,
jeremy

Re: Travel rod for Golden Dorado
Posted by: Bob Ginther (---.your-info.net)
Date: March 14, 2019 04:00PM

I think I bought the last one that Mudhole had...

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