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Tam

5 weight rod wanted
« on: April 05, 2008, 20:07:08 PM »
Hi Folks, l recently bought a lamson radius 3 and l know its supposed to be for a 6 - 8 weight line but its really light and lm sure it would be fine for a 5 weight.
l am so happy with my Barrio 3 weight that l dont really want to use my Winston 7 weight any more, and want to go lighter.

Does anyone have a 5 weight that they would like to maybe swap for my Winston B11X 10' 7# 

Thanks
Tam

Hamish Young

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008, 21:09:31 PM »
Hi Folks, l recently bought a lamson radius 3 and l know its supposed to be for a 6 - 8 weight line but its really light and lm sure it would be fine for a 5 weight.
l am so happy with my Barrio 3 weight that l dont really want to use my Winston 7 weight any more, and want to go lighter.

Does anyone have a 5 weight that they would like to maybe swap for my Winston B11X 10' 7# 

Thanks
Tam

I may have the very thing, also 10ft a 5/6wt and unique in the UK (as far as I'm aware). Sadly I'm in Dorset and wont be back for a fortnight  :z6 You're welcome to try it when I get back  :wink
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Sandy Nelson

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2008, 07:09:20 AM »
Tam

I can understand why you are thinking the way you are.
I personally wouldn't get rid of the 7wt, i keep a GLX 10ft 7ft for single handed salmon,seatrout and large water fishing, especially on windy days.
You will not find a great deal of difference between your 3wt barrio and a high tech 9ft 5wt ( i've a B11x 9ft 5wt which is my goto rod, as you know :wink) especially on the river. However i can see a 10ft 5wt being a good rod for you from the boat, given the type of fishing you tend to do, so speak to hamish when he gets back, he has had a similar experience with 10ft 5wt to what i have had with 9ft 5wt's.
Recently got to cast with a Diawa signature 10ft 5wt and its the best one i have tried to date, pretty reasonable too. I loved it and i'm not a fan of 10ft rods.

Regs

Sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Tam

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008, 09:56:48 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys,

The majority of my fishing is on stillwaters, and lm sure once l have caught a larger fish on my Barrio, and l get over the worry l have of a lighter rod for bigger fish l will probably use it a lot more often at known bigger fish venues. l also hope to use it on the rivers round about here as well.
l have had the Barrio and Winston both set up recently at Wardend and when switching from the 3# to the 7# its like waving a broom handle around  :z4. l have been bitten by the "lighter" bug  :grin

Hamish, l would like to stay with a 10' rod as l like my boat fishing and its fine for bank as well. So P'm. me when you are home and we can meet up. What make of rod is it that you have.

Sandy, l dont really want to get rid of my Winston but l have a Greys 7# that is still in great working order and been in use for 5 years now, so will wait and see what happens when Hamish is home from Dorset.

Thanks
Tam



Rob

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2008, 11:11:12 AM »
Sage also do a 10 foot 5 and the same in 4 on the z-axis blank..mmmmmmmmmmm

j doyle

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 08:21:50 AM »
If you look on the loomis sights in the states you will find they make a glx 10ft 5 wt ,its a super rod if you want to try mine you are welcome. pm me and I,ll bring it to a local fishery,its not for sale mind. But it would show you what its like . jim

Steven Kidd

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2008, 09:39:58 AM »
This sounds like exactly the same dilema I have......since I got hold off my Hamish's 3wt Batson, I can't stand using my 7wt Sharpes any more as it now has the broomhandle effect also!!

I wouldn't worry about landing larger fish with it, as a 14lber was landed by it last week.....

However I am looking for a 5wt now also.......to better suit a windy day......also I will be sticking with DT lines as they feel so much nicer to cast than a WF......

Put me down for a Barrio 5wt!!

Goolager

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2008, 10:36:05 AM »
Hi Mr Skidd,

Good to see you feeling the benefits of the lighter kit. I had the 5wt out at Midmar on Saturday - feels like a wand compared to the 13' double hander I've been using on the Don. Can't wait to get the Barrio 3wt out - see you down there sometime.

Iain

Steven Kidd

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2008, 11:25:08 AM »
Hi Iain,

Do you have a Barrio 5wt?, I'd like to see it sometime.....

I've not been up the Don recently due to this weather we've been having!!, the water is nearly bursting the banks.

Maybe see you Friday night up there if the weather sorts itself out.......probably still be spinning conditions though....?

Catman

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2008, 11:47:05 AM »
This sounds like exactly the same dilema I have......since I got hold off my Hamish's 3wt Batson, I can't stand using my 7wt Sharpes any more as it now has the broomhandle effect also!!

I wouldn't worry about landing larger fish with it, as a 14lber was landed by it last week.....

However I am looking for a 5wt now also.......to better suit a windy day......also I will be sticking with DT lines as they feel so much nicer to cast than a WF......

Put me down for a Barrio 5wt!!

Tam & Skidd

My order for a Bario 5wt is already in, in fact it's for 2  :wink :wink, Mike gave me a trial of one he had & I fell in love with it, I now have 3 broom handles in the boot of the car Fulling Mills Gold series 10ft 7wt, had 2 of them out yesterday & was shattered by the end of 4 hours. Regarding weight of fish, last month I landed a fish in excess of 17lb at Haddo on a 5wt without any problem what so ever. To be quite honest I think the 5wt allows you a better feel for what the fish is doing & a lot more forgiveness than the 7wt.    :z15 :z15 :z15

Alex

Goolager

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2008, 12:34:56 PM »
Skiddzer,

No I don't have a Barrio 5wt just the 3wt. Yes, hopefully I'll get out at the weekend - levels permitting.


Iain

Steven Kidd

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2008, 13:11:36 PM »
As I say, i'm a light line convert!!, but some of the larger shops around don't seem to get the idea and are surprised when I'm looking for DT 3's and 3-4wt reels!!

What is your opinion of this?, are the majority of people overtackled?,lol....

or are we under tackled??...but surely it's what you do with it?..lol.

Catman

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2008, 13:59:33 PM »
As I say, i'm a light line convert!!, but some of the larger shops around don't seem to get the idea and are surprised when I'm looking for DT 3's and 3-4wt reels!!

What is your opinion of this?, are the majority of people overtackled?,lol....

or are we under tackled??...but surely it's what you do with it?..lol.

I think that the reason that a lot of people use 10ft 7wt rods is that about 15-20 years ago all the magazines & books stated that to fish stillwaters etc for trout you needed a 10ft 7wt rod & of course we all believed what they said, it is only when you take the chance & try a 3wt or 5wt rod that you realise that you do not need a 7wt rod & can finally appreciate the lighter side of life.

Alex

Rob

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2008, 16:45:59 PM »
The same has happened with Carp tackle...everyone is using 12 or 13 foot 3 pound test curve rods, "because thats what they use in the mags"! Aye, they do, for fishing for dirty great 40 pound plus carp in France on HUGE inland seas.

The average punter would put more fish on the bank by scaling back and using lighter rods to match the smaller waters in the UK.

I use 8 weight rods for landing large Pike on the fly..as in fish over 20 pounds, and the reason they are 8 weight rather than 6 is because of the large flies i use. To me a 7 weight is overgunned on all the North East stillwaters with maybe the exception of some of the reservoirs such as Fedderate where a big wind can cause problems.

I stopped off at a small local water to me on Sunday, just for a look, and was supprised to see people using WF lines, and 10 foot rods on such a small "puddle". A 20 yard cast would have you fishing the same water as the chap on the opposite side! Most of the fish were in close, yet everyone was casting to the far bank. It must be a "mines bigger than yours" syndrome.

Us light liners don't need to show off!!  :z18 :wink :z16

Sandy Nelson

Re: 5 weight rod wanted
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2008, 20:06:31 PM »

Do you have a Barrio 5wt?, I'd like to see it sometime.....


Skidd,
There is only the Demo 5wt at the moment, but if you are willing to wait a few weeks then there will be some rods built up, i'm a bit behind, but will catch up soon. Go out to Haddo and give it a try :z16



Us light liners don't need to show off!!  :z18 :wink :z16

Nicely put. :z16

As I say, i'm a light line convert!!, but some of the larger shops around don't seem to get the idea and are surprised when I'm looking for DT 3's and 3-4wt reels!!


Not as much of a problem now as it used to be, See Barrio tackle for the best DT3's and for a reel thats spot on for size. Smaller reels aren't a problem but you'll find lines can be tricky to find, thats why Mike does one, it means i don't have to keep sending to the States for them :z4 Seems everyone else is getting in on the fun now though, Brilliant and about time too :z16

Sandy
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