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Big Summer Steelhead trip: 3 rods

OK... imagine you just lucked your way into a fishing trip. You get to go to an awesome river that allows for a variety of techniques. Say the Bulkley at the end of September, for arguments sake. You can take only three rods for the trip.

What three rods will you take? Why?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to go with the following rods that I own:

Bruce and Walker Powerlite16’ 8/9
Great long belly floating line rod. Can handle tips on a 55’ head if needed.

CF Burkheimer 8139-3
It can handle everything. 55’ heads, scandis, skagits.

CF Burkheimer 7133-3
Also an all around rod. Less Randy that the others, but light and crisp.

I would have leaned on a second longbelly rod, like maybe a B&W 16’ 7/8, instead of the 8139-3 but I am opting for versatility over fishing fun. I like fishing long bellies best, but conditions can change and the shorter rods are more diverse.
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1. Winston 7133
2. Winston 7133 (in case rod # 1 breaks)
3. Rod tube filled with canisters of Colonel Taylor small batch, in case both rods break, or neither does.
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I concur on the B&W Powerlite 16' 8/9wt

I'd add the B&W Walker 13' 8wt and 15' Powerlite 7/8wt
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Fish that area every year normally have at least 6 rods but usually end up fishing two.
Rods of choice
Meiser MKS 13678 floating line only
TFO DC 14 foot 7/8 floating line and some light tips
TFO DC 13 foot 7/8 Skagit line but only used when river blows out

Fish 90 per cent of the time in the top 6 inches of water, the rods I chose get it done for me.

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Given your example river I would not take an 8/9. Just my preference but a 7/8 would be more enjoyable. If it was me going (and I’ve been pondering it as I have an invitation to meet a friend up there) I would take the following.

Meiser Highlander 15’ 6/7/8
Meiser S - Series 16’ 7 wt
Meiser MKS 13’6” 7/8 in case the Telkwa blew and I felt I needed to use tips.
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Sinktip for the win, bigger question is what winch to put on!!!

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All Bruce and walkers. Would love to go fish somewhere I stretch a long line and big fish! 15’ Norway 9/10wt, 14’6 walker 9/10 wt, 13’walker 8wt. Next year hopefully!
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I will take a single hander and a double hander . I do not need a third rod. In fact I might take only 1 rod.
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I am going to go with the following rods that I own:

Bruce and Walker Powerlite16’ 8/9
Great long belly floating line rod. Can handle tips on a 55’ head if needed.

CF Burkheimer 8139-3
It can handle everything. 55’ heads, scandis, skagits.

CF Burkheimer 7133-3
Also an all around rod. Less Randy that the others, but light and crisp.

I would have leaned on a second longbelly rod, like maybe a B&W 16’ 7/8, instead of the 8139-3 but I am opting for versatility over fishing fun. I like fishing long bellies best, but conditions can change and the shorter rods are more diverse.
I would match your list with what I have;

An 8150 for long belly magic, a GIII 7136, and an 8100RPL. I have backups for those just in case. But really really dig those rods.

Out of curiosity - What long bellies do you cast with a 16' 7/8 B&W?
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Man, you guys are carrying some serious lumber. I'll stick with the 13' 7wt and delta line thanks. unless I get that Meiser highlander 14'er built in time!
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unless I get that Meiser highlander 14'er built in time!
You have V at your disposal. No excuses.
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'Nice thread. I'm leaving on Monday to play for 10 days on a big river in Labrador. I am trying to narrow down to three rods; here is the tentative quiver in order of appearance (rod, reel, and line):
1) Loomis Greased Line 15' 8/9, Olson 4" SD, SRO Vector XL 8/9 (a new one just arrived from Poppy) {call this one "Waiting on a Friend"};
2) Loomis Greased Line 14' 8/9, Saracione Mk IV with old SRO Vector XL 8/9 (this little ditty jacks the XL like a 40' head){"Franklin's Tower"?}
2.1) <cheating in progress> Spare spool on the Sara with an SA Distance Spey 9/10 to make a mess. {"St. Dominick's Preview"}.
3)..........ugh <serious trouble here>...infidelity to the count:
3.1) Thor's Gonzo Sword - Loomis Greased Line 17' 10/11 with SRO Vector XL 10/11 wrapped on an Abel BG5 (this is the setup that Samuel L. Jackson used in Pulp Fiction) {cue this up with "Gimme Shelter"}.
3.2) The two-handed equivalent of Jerry burning "Peggy-O" - Loomis Greased Line w/ Sara Mk V with (you guessed it) a Vector XL 7/8.

Why? Why not.

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Nice stuff so far.

Here's what I'm taking in the fall:

J.M. Reid 11'9 7wt summer run with Hardy Perfect 3 3/4
Sage One 8126 & 4" Hardy Bougle
Sage One 8136 Loop Opti Strike

It's always good to have a back up.....
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“Out of curiosity - What long bellies do you cast with a 16' 7/8 B&W?”

The plan is to use the Nextcast FF 70 7/8 or the 55 8/9 WA. Something in the 640-670 range I think. Although I have stockpiling some light long bellies in hopes of finding a sweet match. I picked up an 8 wt XLT that I am hoping will be a fun fit.

I don’t have the rod yet, but it is on its way and it will be really awesome to figure out once it arrives. The 16’ 8/9 is really awesome and that made me confident that the 16’ 7/8 would also be great.
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