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    Default 5# 10 foot rod for Vaal!

    Hi Guys.

    Im looking for a 5# 10 foot for the vaal river! My budget is up to about R3000! I have looked at TFO and the only models are jim teeny and pro! Then stealth bomber has a 10 foot 5#! Does anyone know if Horizon has a 5# 10 foot? If anyone knows of any of the other makes which they would recommend.

    Thanx Eddie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod View Post
    Hi Guys.

    Im looking for a 5# 10 foot for the vaal river! My budget is up to about R3000! I have looked at TFO and the only models are jim teeny and pro! Then stealth bomber has a 10 foot 5#! Does anyone know if Horizon has a 5# 10 foot? If anyone knows of any of the other makes which they would recommend.

    Thanx Eddie!
    Think very carefully about the style of fishing you are going to be doing. If you are going to do any form of close nymphing, then the 10 foot rod will give you advantage. If you are going to be casting an indicator, a 9 foot rod will be better, as they are generally better casting rods than 10 foot rods.
    The 10 foot rods i know of are the Greys, Stealth, Sage, Vision. You are a little limited for choice in the 10 foot 5 or 6 wt range, but you should find a good rod within your budget

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    I can highly recommend a Stealth Magnum #5 10".

    It has enough backbone to muscle a big SM Yellow, yet it is still a pleasure to cast on small still waters for trout.
    The rod can handle long leader setups, casting on still waters.
    Yet, it is delicate enough to fish buzzers on a static line and still pick up the takes.

    But no matter what we say, you need to enjoy the rod you will choose.
    Make sure you go and fish with each rod you contemplate, for at least a day.
    What might feel super for the first hour, might become a nightmare after a day on the river. ie, very fast rod or very soft rod. fast rod and you cant cast it well, or a soft rod might not have enough back bone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod View Post
    Hi Guys.

    Im looking for a 5# 10 foot for the vaal river! My budget is up to about R3000! I have looked at TFO and the only models are jim teeny and pro! Then stealth bomber has a 10 foot 5#! Does anyone know if Horizon has a 5# 10 foot? If anyone knows of any of the other makes which they would recommend.

    Thanx Eddie!
    I have a Stealth 10ft 5wt Magnum, the 10ft 6wt Magnum & the 10ft 6wt Bomber.

    For me, the 10ft 5wt Magnum is my choice for Smallmouth. (I sold my 10ft 5wt Sage XP!!!)
    The 10ft 6wt Bomber is used for dam/stillwater fishing - it is a little fast to be an ideal SM rod.
    The 10ft 6wt Magnum covers both rolls - I use it as a backup for the 5wt on SM (or in FAST, heavy water), and as a backup stillwater rod for the Bomber.

    I would suggest the 10ft 5wt Magnum (the 10ft 5wt Bomber MAY be too fast/stiff as an ideal SM rod).
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    Something worth considering is the availability of spare sections... If you're going to be using it primarily on the vaal then there's a good chance you're going to break a section sooner or later when you're bundu bashing or if you take a tumble in the rapids.

    Phone the local distributors of the brands mentioned above as an acid test - you'll be very surprised by some of their lead times!
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    I guess everyone knows what I will say here:

    For R3000 you should be able to get a Vision GTFour which is very nice for fishing on the vaal. I have a Vision 3zone 10ft 5wt which is my personal favourite for the vaal but is not made any more. I have used my GTFour 6wt 10ft on the vaal and it handled very nicely, although it is my preferred stillwater trout rod\. I know they used to make a 5wt 10ft but not sure if they still do. Kevin Cox has one and i know he has used it for yellows - he will be able to tell you if he likes it.

    I was using both these rods for Short Lining most of the time, but had no problem casting while fishing dry/dropper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkieser View Post
    I guess everyone knows what I will say here:

    For R3000 you should be able to get a Vision GTFour which is very nice for fishing on the vaal. I have a Vision 3zone 10ft 5wt which is my personal favourite for the vaal but is not made any more. I have used my GTFour 6wt 10ft on the vaal and it handled very nicely, although it is my preferred stillwater trout rod\. I know they used to make a 5wt 10ft but not sure if they still do. Kevin Cox has one and i know he has used it for yellows - he will be able to tell you if he likes it.

    I was using both these rods for Short Lining most of the time, but had no problem casting while fishing dry/dropper.
    Also very happy with my Vision GT Four 10ft 5wt!
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    Who can i speak to about vision?
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    Vision GT4 10ft 5wt... nothing less nothing more! one of the most awesome rods that I have ever owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod View Post
    Who can i speak to about vision?
    Optometrist..

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