The Great Re-Lining

After 20 plus years fly fishing I have accumulated some tackle. By some tackle, I mean a whole room full. Over the years I have bought rods and reels at full retail, guide discount, and magazine editor discount. I highly recommend the magazine editor discount.At this point in my life I fish o a lot of different species, in a lot of different situations. My dream is to have a rod, reel, and line ready to go, with no re-rigging needed. I’ve finally got the rod and reel end covered, so the last piece of the puzzle will be line.

Fly lines are the most important least understood part of a fly fishing setup. You can spend $1500 on the highest end nano carbon rod and anodized reel with an arbor size more reminiscent of Flavor Flav than Lee Wulff, but if you put a dog of a line on it, it’s gonna cast like what comes out the back of said dog. Some rods want a line a size up, just like some redfish pop up and require a quick short loading line. Rods only work the way you want them to when the right line for the right situation is running through the eyes.

With a lot of help from our friends at Scientific Anglers (fine purveyors of fly fishing lines and other piscatorial oddities), I am now attempting to put together my ultimate species specific, situationally astute, Southern fly fishing quiver. I figured my journey to tackle nirvana might make for interesting fodder on the topic of rod and line selection for the modern day obsessed angler. So let’s get started shall we…

The first step in undertaking a project this size is to organize, and organization without a table is like pb with no j, or koolaid with no sugar. I compiled all my most important earthly possessions into a neat little word table.

Dave’s Bangin’ Rod/Reel Catalog

Rod Reel New Line Species/Setup
Sage 7 ½ 3 wt Lamson Radius X Blue Line
Orvis Superfine Glass

7 ½ 3 wt

Peerless X Blue Line/DH
Orvis H2

9’ 4wt

Orvis

Battenkill II

SA Wavelength

Trout 4wt

Dry Fly/Dry Dropper
Sage 99

9’

Ross Evolution SA Wavelength

MPX 4wt

Boat Nymph/Dry
Mystic

11’3” 4wt Switch

Lamson Litespeed SA Adapt Switch

280 grain

Euro/Trout Spey
S. Fork Rod Co.

8’ 5/6 wt

Pflueger (old) SA Wavelength

MPX 6wt.

Smallie/Largemouth

Top Water

Orvis H2

10’ 5wt

Plueger

Medalist

(new)

SA Wavelength

MPX 5wt

Boat Nymph
Scott S4

9’ 5wt

Lamson Litespeed SA Wavelength

MPX 5wt

Wading Trout
Sage Z Axis

9’ 5wt

Lamson Guru SA Wavelength

MPX 5wt

Wading Trout
Clutch 9’ 6wt Orvis Hydros II SA Wavelength

Titan 6wt

Topwater Bass/Carp/Floating Streamer
St Croix Bank Robber

9’ 6wt

Pflueger
Buelah Platinum

9’9” 7wt

Ross Gunnison

(new)

SA Sonar Triple Density

7wt

Trout/Bass Streamers
Orvis H2

11’3” 7wt Switch

Ross Gunnison Salt X Smallie Swinging/Steel Head
Orvis H2

8’9” 8wt 1pc

Nautilus

NV 10/11

SA Mastery Redfish

Cold/Warm

Redfish/Carp
Scott G

8’8” 8wt

Lamson Konic SA Sonar Titan Intermediate 8wt Intermediate

Striper/Small Mouth

TFO Mangrove

9’ 8wt

Cheeky SA Sonar Triple Density

8wt

Big Streamers

Trout/Striper

Echo Prime

8’10” 8wt

Tibor

Back Country

SA Sharkwave Saltwater 8wt Carp/Redfish

 

Sage RPL+

9’ 8wt

Tibor Everglades SA Mastery Saltwater 8wt Travel salt
Orvis T3

9’ 9wt

Galvan Torque SA Mastery Saltwater 9wt Florida/Louisiana Rod
Buelah Bluewater

9’ 10/11 wt

Cheeky

Thrash 475

Sonar Triple Density

10wt

Musky/Striper/Tarpon
Echo Prime

8’10” 11wt

Loop

Opti Big

X Tarpon/Musky/Shark

Now besides giving y’all an exact list of things to steal, this table helped me answer some questions of what I fish, how I fish it, and how many rods do I need dedicated to it. Really a nifty little exercise. Once I sorted out all the sorted details, the next step was making the call to the boys at SA to make my OCD a reality. FullSizeRenderIn our next installment we’ll get down to dirty business of re-spooling all these reels and in the third installment I’ll give a rough outline as to the method behind my line madness.

-Dave

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