Join Date: Feb 2012
I fish smallmouth too --often on wide stretches and over deeper holes in the Shenandoah and Potomac. Also fish Great Lakes steelhead rivers with similar sections. Then there are the big southern impoundments built by the Democrats.
As for the preferences of the gurus of the past there is no way of knowing but... I think Lee Wulff would be all over the Skagit/short rod innovations. Remember he used UL rods of the time on Atlantic Salmon In Canada and the new line/rod combos expand efficient cast reach thus making previously unfishable spots exploitable. .
McClane also fished big Western waters where the easy cast, long distance, features of Skagit systems really come to the fore.
But then they might not have wanted to give up their bamboo rods and silk lines.