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    I need help on picking out a setup

    I'm new to fly fishing and was wondering what you all thought about what setup i should use for the Musconetcong river for trout, Should i be using a 5 wt if so how lon 7.5' or 8.5 again i'm new, please help i need advice


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    Re: I need help on picking out a setup

    Yes, a 5wt, 8 1/2' rod is a very versatile rod. It's the one I use the most and on many different kinds of water.

    If money is an issue, invest more in the rod then in the reel. A reel on most of our streams here in NJ is nothing more than a line holder.

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    Re: I need help on picking out a setup

    I think a medium-fast 9' 4wt is most versatile for rivers that size (for me) because it can nymph pocket water easily, mends better, roll casts better, light enough for delicate fishing. If you need to throw heavy flies, consider uplining this with a spool of DT6 and shortening your leader to 6-7'.


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    Re: I need help on picking out a setup

    7 1/2 to a 9' (I prefer 8'myself) 5wt should serve you fine as a 1st rod. Versatile to do many things from fishing weighted flies to throwing small dries on fine tippets. 6wt is a little overkill, 4wt (and lower) may be a bit light for a begginner. Best thing you can do is find a local shop and get out there. They'll let you cast rods to find the best fit (they'll even hook you up with casting lessons). Next best thing, do an extensive search on this site. Lots of great advice on beginner setups on here since it one of the biggest FAQ's.

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    Re: I need help on picking out a setup

    A four weight is great for the rivers around here under normal conditions, but if the water is high you'll want a five weight. Also, a five weight will serve you much better if you decide to start making trips to some of the bigger waters up in the catskills.

    Personally, I like a longer rod. A 9 footer will make it easier to keep line off the water when your nymphing, and will help with casting on big waters. However, if you go the other direction and spend a lot of time fishing small wild trout streams, you will want something shorter.

    If you are starting out on a budget, I think Temple Fork Outfitters is a good bet. I've had 2 of their professional series and been quite happy. I also hear that the Echo rods are a great bargain, though I have yet to cast one.



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    Re: I need help on picking out a setup

    Read everything everyone posts for this thread (and tons of others) to give you an idea of the size outfit you need for the water you want to fish. THEN go to your local fly fishing shop and cast any rod before you commit. You can buy the most expensive rod on the market and, if it doesn't fit your style, you will be disappointed in it. Like others have said on different threads, for those new to fly fishing, take some casting lessons before you commit.


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    Re: I need help on picking out a setup

    How about a Orvis clearwater 7'9" 5 weight. Great rod and a very versatile size. If you wanted something with better cosmetics, you could buy the same rod in one of Orvis more expensive rod models. Match it with a WF5F line and a decent reel and you are good to go on most any water. Just my .02.


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