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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Two fellow coming from Norway to fish Vancov-Island.

"How big a rod do we need?" Late September-mid-October.

Two rods listed: a 7136 and a 15' 9/10 (and a 8 and 9wt single hander)

What would you suggest?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 11:58 PM
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I'm guessing your are targeting steel? I fish with a two handed 6 or 7wt
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I use a 12 foot 8wt doublehand rod... I'm a little further south, but it's a similar game down here. I've meet people who swing with single-handers, and guys who swing long-belly lines with 16ft rods. depends on your preference and the size of the river you will be fishing, i suppose.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 06:21 PM
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Well Fred, it all depends on what rivers your fishing. We've got rivers that you cannot even use a 2 hander on that have great fishing. Even the biggest of rivers on the island a 12'6-13' is all you need. Depending on what your targeting you might need some 9-10wt rods as there will be some big chinook and chum around. Also, the beach season will be well under way at that time, so a 7wt single hander would be another valuable tool. Might get some summer run steel on the stamp but a 6 wt will do for that
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CR, that was my thought too; and I see he's posted up his own on the Fora.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 01:22 AM
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A bit of a tricky question to answer. Depends on what they plan to catch, and also what rivers they plan to fish.

So many VI flows are small and tight. Today I was out with a 9'6" single hander and felt like I had too much rod with the trees. The longest cast I felt I needed to make was just shy of 50ft, and most of the time 35-40ft was enough to catch the bush on the far side.

If I were headed to get chinook, then I'd want a short and nasty strong 9wt or even a 10wt than likes to huck the grains, but certainly not a 15ft rod unless I was on some really big water, and there's not much of that on the Island. Probably something around 12ft would be better for me.

Other than that, probably a short 7wt spey or switch would do the trick well enough.

But since these guys are likely not to be buying a new outfit or two, I'd be more inclined to match their existing gear to some water which might hold a fish or three, salmon or otherwise.

Hard not to start them off on some well known big-ish water like the Cowie or Stamp, then go from there.
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