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  • What’s a good Smallmouth Bass rod?

     ToxicTung updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • ToxicTung

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    December 14, 2019 at 7:15 am

    What would be a good rod for Smallmouth Bass.? I was thinking about buying a 7wt that can throw streamers and poppers.

  • Flycariousindustries

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Depends on budget. The BASS lineup by sage is the best in the game.

    For a lower price see if you can find a TFO mini mag 6-8 weight. They’re discontinued but may find one online. I’ve owned lots of rods and this is my favorite rod ever made.

    I’m partial to shorter rods in this application, (both of these rods are 8’) helps launch beefy flies and lift fish out of structure.

    Another suggestion would be the Clouser II by TFO.

  • Independent

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:15 am

    The Reilly Rod Crafters [Chuck Kraft signature series](https://reillyrods.com/product/the-chuck-kraft-signature-series-5/) was literally made for the purpose. For smallies, the 7wt would be my choice, even though an 8wt would be more versatile. But, it’s a $500 rod. If I didn’t have more rods than brains, I would ask /u/jfred17 to make me one of his [Yellowfin rods](https://yellowfinrods.com/) in 9′ 7wt with a moderate fast blank in smallmouth colors for half what that Kraft rod costs. As it is, I have a motley collection of quite a few 6wts and numerous 8wts, so adding a 7wt, even one of Jon’s fine creations would be superfluous.

  • Paul-273

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    December 14, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Living in MA I use a 6wt only because I run into strippers sometimes.

  • torn_retinas

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    December 14, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I like a fast 8wt for smallies and largies. Im not a fan of the shorter 8 footers though. It might as well be a 11wt since I’ve read it basically requires 11/12wt lines. 8wt have the backbone to cast those heavy meat whistle without getting tired. Also using a line such as SA titan will make it even easier

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