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Any suggestions on a rod (if you had to pick just one) for the Skeena (Copper,Bulkley,Babine) in Aug,Sept,Oct, Nov., for Dry Fly and Type 6 or heavier heads?

Thanks for your time!

P.S>I'm leaning toward the new Sage 8136
 

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8136 sage would not be a bad choice, but if your going to spend that kind of money and want to stay under 14' then I would seriously check out the 8139 burkhiemer. You would be hard pressed to find a better rod under 14', pretty much an all arounder but really a awsome dryline rod for the type of fishing you would experiance.
 

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Another 8139 Vote

I tend not to give this rod enough credit. It is a very capable floating line rod and it also serves as a tremendous skagit rod as well. Possibly the best do-it-all rod around.
 

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8136-4 excelent allrounder

I'v been using the 8136-4 for the last two seasons on the Bulkley, Kispiox, Babine and Skeena. The rod performance is great in many different situations. I use it with rio's Scandinavian (9/10, cut back) sink tip shooting heads and with Rio's windcutter 8/9/10 (short version) with tips and with a 8/9 SA Short Spey for dry fly fishing. The rod is realy nice on the average 10-15 lbs fish but did handle fish up to 23-24 lbs with authority.
 

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Bob Meiser makes two rods to consider, 13'6" 8/9 and 13'6" MKS 8/9. Both rods will handle heads to XLT lines.

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The area you plan to fish...

...is home to the biggest steelhead on earth. Many consider the 14' nine weight to be an average, not a light, not a heavy rod.

The rivers you intend to fish have many areas without beaches that allow landing fish with light rods by beaching [guiding the fish on its side into the shallows].

In my humble opinion, a Skeena fisherman with one rod should have at least a 9-weight 14' rod, or heavier.
 

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sorry to disagree with my good friend Mr. Pauli,but I see now reason to use any other rods than the usual arsonal used on the Bulkley,Kispiox,Dean,Deschutes,Skagit.For me that is 8 & 9 wghts.Dont need anything special.They usually have way more room to run,so, let them.Most places I have fished have lots of shallow inside to relelease them without even touching them!!Beau
 

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different rods

The CND Steelhead Specialist and the CND Skagit Specialist are two different rods. First one is 14 ft 3 inches, 9/!0 wt, the second one is (I believe) 13 ft 9 inches, 9wt.

Both are great rods, but have two different actions.

Rphelps :)
 

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I have not fished the rivers that you have mentioned however I am a big fan of the Meiser 13'6 8/9 MKS mentioned earlier. Love this rod and by all accounts I dont think there is much that this rod cant do. Extremely well built and finished. Absolutely beautiful. I hope to hit the Skeena next year on a trip though.
 

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Guidelines LPXe 14' 9/10

This is a great Underhand rod for sink tips and also throws a long belly line for dry line work.
In the $400 price rrange you can get two of them for the price of most other rods.

I fished this rod all last Winter and could not be happier. It is the best value on the markwet right now.

If you buy one from me and it does not meet your expectations you can send it back, no risk to you.
 

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rphelps said:
The CND Steelhead Specialist and the CND Skagit Specialist are two different rods. First one is 14 ft 3 inches, 9/!0 wt, the second one is (I believe) 13 ft 9 inches, 9wt.

Both are great rods, but have two different actions.

Rphelps :)
Thanks for the correction. I was mistaken. I only own the Steelhead Specialist and thought the Skagit Special was another name. Per Jack Cook, The Skagit Special is the same rod, but a few inches shorter. Supposedly shortened for better sink tip fishing. My experience pales compared to most on this site, but I really like the rod.

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No Special Rod Required

Beau's advice is right on. The rig you got is probably O.K. The money you save will pay for about twenty days of daily permits up there. The reasons I would shy away from a long heavy rod are:

1. you are going to be catching a whole lot of fish, and it gets kinda boring winching in fish with a broomstick day-in and day-out (not to mention casting said rig)

2. in most situations a shortish cast is preferable, and it’s more fun to cast shorter distances with a lighter shorter rod if you’ve got one. If not, consider fishing a single-handed rod (spey or overhead casting) most of the locals you meet will be

3. brushy banks can be an issue, it’s easier to keep a compact and diminutive D-loop with a shorter rod and a Skagit-style head and a learned Skagit-cast like Beau’s

It is nice to have a big gun for the casting tournaments you will undoubtedly get into with other American anglers you will meet. Only your manhood will be on the line though, the fish won’t care.

John
 

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Yup

I have had a whole lot of those Steelies in my hand and most of them were caught on a Sage 8150. I still have it and it has never failed with over, a whole lot, of steelies. That said I reserve that rod for dry line work now and use an underhand style rod for sunk line fishing. The small underhand rod and the line and style of casting takes a much smaller toll on me day after day.

One year I fished a 10 weight Scott and a 10 weight Burkie up there and it was awful. The rods beat me up and when I hooked a fish I had to be careful not to bust it off. With the 8/9 weight I can press the metal to the fish and land it smartly with a lot of pressure and little fear of breaking off.

Except for one fish in the Sustut.


BTW, I just dialed in an 8136 for a buddy who is headed to the Kispiox. With the 680 grain Snowbee(10/11) line it rocks the house. I have no doubt it will do just as well with a shooting head.
 

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Meiser MKS 13689 and a quality reel with +200y backing.(my 8150 is getting a bit long in the tooth and the 15' length is not always necessary)
My 0.02 cents worth.
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