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    Default Still water trout - What weight rod is recommended?

    Hi Guys,

    I have access to a nature reserve that has a few Dams that they stock with Rainbow Trout. It is near Dullstroom.

    I will be fishing from the shore as float tubes / boats etc are not allowed. Most if the Dams are catch & release, but a few I can take a fish home

    What weight rod would you recommend?



    Here is an overview of the place:



    And here are some pics of the various dams (most of them):













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    I noticed that the trout seem very shy, as I walked, if there was a trout in the shallower waters, as soon as I got close enough to see, they would quickly dash for deaper waters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewbuch View Post
    I noticed that the trout seem very shy, as I walked, if there was a trout in the shallower waters, as soon as I got close enough to see, they would quickly dash for deaper waters.
    9 to 10ft rod in 5 or 6 wt.
    From what I see & what you said, fishing multiple flies static (buzzers/small nymphs) under an indicator or using a floating line with a fluoro leader fishing slow figure 8 retrieve with the same flies should produce.
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    A 5 to 6 weight should be fine, as it will cast longer distances easier. You will also be using floating to sinking line and these rod weights can cast these line at good distance to cover more water. My 2c
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    I wouldnt bother with a sinking line, the ponds dont look deep at all, perhaps 2 to 3 meters at the deepest....just guessing by the pictures. Best to experiment with rod weights. A 5 or 6 wt isnt going to cast any furter than a 3 or 4 wt, depending on the line used, but hey, my for this kind of fishing, an all rounder in the 5 or 6 wt class should be fine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pipe View Post
    A 5 to 6 weight should be fine, as it will cast loner distances easier. You will also be using floating to sinking line and these rod weights can cast these line at good distance to cover more water. My 2c
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGY View Post

    9 to 10ft rod in 5 or 6 wt.
    From what I see & what you said, fishing multiple flies static (buzzers/small nymphs) under an indicator or using a floiating line with a fluoro leader fishing slow figure 8 retrieve with the same flies should produce.
    What does the extra length of a rod add? I have a 8 foot 6 inch 6 weight already and a 9 foot 7 weight
    Was just looking to see if I need to add an extra rod to my kit


    Quote Originally Posted by Pipe View Post
    A 5 to 6 weight should be fine, as it will cast loner distances easier. You will also be using floating to sinking line and these rod weights can cast these line at good distance to cover more water. My 2c
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    I wouldnt bother with a sinking line, the ponds dont look deep at all, perhaps 2 to 3 meters at the deepest....just guessing by the pictures. Best to experiment with rod weights. A 5 or 6 wt isnt going to cast any furter than a 3 or 4 wt, depending on the line used, but hey, my for this kind of fishing, an all rounder in the 5 or 6 wt class should be fine.
    Yeah they not very deep, probly about 2 to 3 M.

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    A floating line and Intermediate line would be fine the, I have recently been fishing a 10 foot 6 weight. The added length helps a bit with line control when fishing a team of nymphs. All depends what flies and techniques you will be fishing

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    Perhaps the biggest advantage of a longer rod when fishing still waters, is not going to be required in this situation.
    Stillwater fly fishing off a drift boat of float tube. requires using the wind from behind to turn over a nice long leader, and help with the cast. In this case the extra length helps to make use of the wind. The extra length also helps with leader control when fishing from a water craft. These tactics are not going to be required in your situation, so the extral length is probably not going to give you any advantage. Also you have almost no vegetation on the banks to haver to reach or cast over, so a foot or anything really is going to be fine. The knid of fishing you will be doing here, is not very technical, so if the fish want to eat, you will catch them. Stokkies in a small pond will eat anything, or nothing. Remenber they ate pellets before they were stocked, so they need to try and eat everything they see in order to establish if it is food or not.
    My reccommendation, is to tie on a fly, cast it out, and see what happens.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Perhaps the biggest advantage of a longer rod when fishing still waters, is not going to be required in this situation.
    Stillwater fly fishing off a drift boat of float tube. requires using the wind from behind to turn over a nice long leader, and help with the cast. In this case the extra length helps to make use of the wind. The extra length also helps with leader control when fishing from a water craft. These tactics are not going to be required in your situation, so the extral length is probably not going to give you any advantage. Also you have almost no vegetation on the banks to haver to reach or cast over, so a foot or anything really is going to be fine. The knid of fishing you will be doing here, is not very technical, so if the fish want to eat, you will catch them. Stokkies in a small pond will eat anything, or nothing. Remenber they ate pellets before they were stocked, so they need to try and eat everything they see in order to establish if it is food or not.
    My reccommendation, is to tie on a fly, cast it out, and see what happens.

    Wish I had my rod there this weekend, the mornings weather was chilly but not windy, by 9 or so being out in the sun was lekker.

    Will give it a try the next time I am there..

    Would not mind a 3 / 4 WT in my kit

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