MemberDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
I’m looking to buy a saltwater rod for Stripers, and Bluefish, to use on Long Island Sound in southern Connecticut. I would like the ability to cut through the wind, land big game, and use it on the beach, estuaries, and potentially a kayak.
The Orvis associate I spoke with suggested the 9wt Recon rod, and Mirage LT reel, which are more expensive than what I had planned on. He wants me to demo the two, since I have a spinal fusion from T2-L3.
Should I really be spending that much? I had intended on pairing the Clearwater rod with a Hydros reel because it’s on sale. Would you choose 8 or 9 wt? I have read countless articles on this matter, and although it seems to be preference, I have no frame of reference outside of my 4 wt trout rod.
Thank you for any advice!
hendostacksGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
Meta_GabbroGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
Are you set on Orvis? If you’re willing to consider other brands, the Echo Ion XL is like $180 and is a great big game rod. Lifetime warranty on the rod, $35 for wear and tear repairs, and I believe they won’t corrode in saltwater (would still rinse them after use). They make reels too but I haven’t used their saltwater reel so idk what the quality is like there.
HyperionTXGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
9wt Clearwater rod with Hydros SL IV and Ignitor Hydros line. 25 year warranty on rod, lifetime on reel, year on the line. The Recon and Mirage LT are very sweet but it would be double the price. With the money you save I would spend on terminal tackle and flies or even an extra spool for the SL if you wanted to get a sinking line. All Hydros lines are on sale right now as well! Tight line my friend!
roland223GuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
Would suggest 9 weight. 8 weight can easily be outclassed by a big striper.
Ice_IXGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
The Hydros is an amazing reel for the price. Excellent drag on it (which is very important at these weights). The only down side is that the drag knob has a goofy shape to it that pokes your finger. They meant for it to be stylish and contemporary, but it just came out stupid.
Can’t speak to their rods, as I fish Loomis and Echo, but the Recon is pretty well regarded.
So if you’re buying the whole kit from them, I’d probably stick with the Recon, but go with the Hydros instead of the Mirage if you are looking to save a buck.
WhydoyouhatefreedomGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
I’m in CT and fish the sound too, I have an 8 and 10 wt. The 8 can handle 30lb fish just like the 10 but the wind is where you notice the difference. Go to the complete angler and try some rods. Redington and echo make great stuff for the price, so finding a rod for $250 would be a good start and then snag a Lamson Liquid for $100 and a decent fly line like Airflo cold water intermediate is about $80.
oneupmepleaseGuestDecember 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
I would go with a Colton rod they are made in the USA and have a great price can’t beat their quality