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Re: Blank recs/gen advice: 5 wt fly
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: May 03, 2022 12:44PM

Many blanks in the $100 range will make a fine fly rod. NFC LMX blanks have very positive reviews. I have made a 5wt rod from an H&H Xi blank and it is a very good rod. When on sale those are a good buy. Go cast a St. Croix Imperial rod and you will basically be testing a Rod Geeks blank. Batson and PacBay blanks in the $100 range offer high quality. In the West you need to be ready to battle wind, so I would get a medium fast to fast rod.

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Re: Blank recs/gen advice: 5 wt fly
Posted by: Jake Carey (---)
Date: May 03, 2022 01:53PM

That makes sense I didn’t think about the wind. Thanks for the advice David.

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Re: Blank recs/gen advice: 5 wt fly
Posted by: Alex purvis (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 03, 2022 09:17PM

Keep us updated on what blank you go with and how you like it!

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Re: Blank recs/gen advice: 5 wt fly
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (97.104.222.---)
Date: May 04, 2022 08:00AM

All rods are equally accurate. Given the same input they will cast to the same place. Some rods will cast farther than others, but an $85 rod which is double-hauled will cast farther than a $1,200 rod that is not double-hauled. You can't buy casting skill by paying a lot, much like the most expensive (or decorated) golf clubs won't make you a par golfer. It's a poor workman who blames his tools - or tries to buy proficiency.

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Re: Blank recs/gen advice: 5 wt fly
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---)
Date: May 04, 2022 06:06PM

I find the 4wt Iconoglass to load very well with a Rio Gold 4wt line (=4.5wt). I caught Trout up to 20" with it in large Montana rivers It is easy to cast 60+ feet with a single haul.

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Re: Blank recs/gen advice: 5 wt fly
Posted by: Jake Carey (---)
Date: May 20, 2022 03:46PM

I thought I'd follow up for anyone who was curious. Instead of buying a 5 weight I bought a 4 and a 6, I'm going to build 2 to start with and get my feet under me. I looked at everything at least five times went out and wiggled some rods in shops, learned about the local waters a little more and decided I actually wanted a fast 4wt at 8 or 8'6". Also, I told my buddy I was going to build a rod, and he said right away "build 2 I'll buy one." So he's getting a 6 for when he takes his boys to the lakes and I'll roll that reimbursement into the inevitable next one, probably a short 2 or 3 wt for high altitude creeks.

As far as which actual blank I got they're both 102" rainshadow revelations, 2 piece green form Ron Schneider. For shakedown builds I really couldn't turn down less than 50 each for blanks that light. ANd to my delight they are slightly slower than I expected. Slightly. They are very snappy with little residual wiggle, but bend just a little farther back than what I'd consider "fast". Which is great. bear in mind the last few rods I built and fished hard were fast action st croix sc 4 inshore blanks, not fly rods. But anyway I really like what I see in the hour since the mailman dropped them off.

As far 2 piece vs 4 goes I know that 2 is really out of style these days but I'm not going to be the least bit bothered. I'm used to hauling around 5-6 foot rod sections and even 8' one piece. 2 is lighter, less weight in the right places, and there's 67 percent fewer ferrules to get sand in or align.

Anyway, I built a rod wrapper last weekend and get to start playing with layout today. Thanks for all the input, there's definitely more to try than the brain can take in. Looking forward to the next one already.

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