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Selecting a Fly Rod Podcast

Selecting a Fly Rod Podcast by Harry Murray
February 2018

This month since the streams are still a little too cold I have decided to do a podcast on selecting a fly rod.  In this discussion I will go through the  different types of fishing, what fly rods I prefer to use for each, and why.

  • Small Mountain Trout Streams–Years ago I developed the Murray’s Mountain Trout Rod (which Scott Rod Company makes for me).  This rod is 6ft 10in, 3-weight, 3pc and will comfortably cast flies size 24 to size 10. It is short enough to cast under tree limbs and balanced with a 3 weight fly line it provides great accuracy and delicacy from 15 to 50 feet.
  • Spring Creek Trout Fishing–The new Scott G Series 9ft 4-weight 4pc rod is my favorite rod for spring creeks in the Rockies as well as in the East. I comfortably fish size 24 pseudocleon with it on 7X leaders and swim nymphs up to size 8 with it on 4X.
  • Blog on Selecting a Fly Rod
    Selecting a Fly Rod–The Scott G Series 904/4 gives great accuracy and delicacy on spring creek s whether you are fishing a size 24 Baetis or size 12 Letort Hopper.
  • Large Trout Streams–The Scott Radian 9ft 6-weight 4pc is my favorite for fishing the large trout streams.  My son gave me this rod as a present several years ago and I have used it on the Yellowstone many times.  I can delicately fish a size 22 Blue Wing Olive on a 6X leader when the hatch is on and then switch to a size 6 streamer on a fast sinking head when the hatch is over.
  • Bass Streams–The Scott Radian 9ft 7-weight 4pc. rod is my favorite for any bass river I might be on. Its smooth action and great damping action enables me to make long casts with great accuracy. It is easy to cast a tight loop in order to cast poppers below overhanging tree limbs to drift them along the river banks. I can easily fish poppers as large as size 4 and nymphs as small as size 10.
  • Saltwater Fishing–The Scott Meridian 9ft 8-weight 4pc is an excellent bonefish rod. Its control and smooth power enable me to buck the wind and make the long cast that we used to have to go to a 9 weight rod to achieve.

Now keep in mind, these are the personal rods that I use but there are many other rods on the market that will do the same thing for the type fishing you plan to do.  I have several fly rod and reel outfits available in the fly shop that will meet your needs and your budget.  So if you need help deciding on an outfit, just get in touch with me and I will be glad to help you.

New Angler, Part C

Fly Fishing Large Western Trout Streams Murray's Fly Shop VA
Harry Murray Fly Fishing a Large Western Trout Stream.

“I am new to fly fishing and need advice on rods for freshwater fishing”. This question came in as email and I believe many anglers are at this point.  In  order to answer this in a meaningful way I will discuss the outfits I use in various types of fly fishing and why.  I will break this down into four separate blogs and post one each week:

(A) Small Mountain Streams
(B) Large Eastern Trout Streams and Western Spring Creeks
(C) Large Western Trout Streams
(D) Bass Streams and Lakes

(C) Large Western Trout Streams
In order to help my beginner angler “find the right fly rod” let us look at the rods I use on Large Western Trout Streams such as the Madison and Yellowstone. I am very demanding on this outfit because on a heavily overcast fall day I will fish a BWO (Blue Wing Olive) Dry Fly size 20 on 6X when the trout are feeding on the natural dry olives.  This requires a rod with a tip delicate enough to present this size 20 dry and light enough to set the hook without breaking the trout off. Then after the hatch is over I switch reels and spools and put on a fast sinking head to fish a Murray’s Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 6 along the river bottom.  A well designed six weight 9 foot rod will do this. For years my standard rod for this was the Scott G2 906-4. I now use the Scott Radian 9 foot 6 weight 4 piece. Both of these are outstanding rods because the rod tips are light enough to protect the fine tippets while the rod butts are powerful enough to make very long casts with my streamers.