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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-08-2018, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all! New member here. I'm shopping for my first two-hand rod so I'm here to learn as much as I can. I've developed bursitis in my right shoulder as a result of my work (folk music) and my play (throwing flies in the salt). I need a setup that will handle up to 8 or 10 lb striper and coho, but mostly 3-5 lb. fish. Will post more questions in the proper area when I gain that ability. BTW, I'm pretty active over on Stripers Online, and they are a helpful bunch.
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Stu,

Last year, I made this same transition for similar reasons. I quickly found that my newly acquired 11'4" 6wt switch rod spread the effort of casting over more muscle groups, increased my casting distance, and gave me a higher platform to mend line. This rod has been perfect for striper fishing (New England) whether in waders in the marsh or out in open water from a boat. When I made the switch, I didn't want to commit to an expensive rod and found a virtually unused Sage rod that is about 15 years old for a modest price. I used the reel from my 9wt single handed rod loaded with Rio striper line. This worked OK for overhead casting but I wanted to learn how to make sustained anchor casts so a new line system was required. After talking to several experienced people I settled on an OPST commando head (400 gr) and a variety of sinking and floating tips.

This transition was a mixture of joy and frustration. I found it hard to get consistent advice about the weight of the Commando head for my rod. If I didn't worry about the cost, I would have bought three heads and bracketed the weight around 400 gr to get some idea of what the ideal weight should be. After over one hundred fishing days last season, I still do not know if I would benefit from a lighter or heavier head with this rod. It is cheaper to experiment with the sinking tip length and weight and I am finding that adding another 200 gr or so with the right tip seems to make it easier to cast. The bottom line is that matching the line system to the rod while simultaneously teaching myself how to make decent casts has revealed some of the critical variables.

Finally, with respect to fishing for stripers with a long rod, it is a logistical challenge to land a fish solo from a boat that is only 6 ft longer than my rod. We have a 15 ft tidal range here and landing a striper from a mud bank (vertical drop at edge) at low tide is also something of a challenge that is aggravated by a long rod.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-09-2018, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Tom,

When you mention OH casting, do you mean two hand? That was working with a regular fly line? Most of my fishing here happens in very rough surf, too rough for any kind of water anchor, I fear. Pretty sure I will be doing a quick setup-and-throw for the most part. We strip our flies right up onto the beach break.

Regarding lines--still learning, but I wonder if an integrated line would make things easier? Might be cheaper to get a Skagit system... Then I could use the same running line to float or sink a fly?

I need to start a new thread in the proper place, sorry.

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