Re: Stripper Gear

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Posted by Mike Q on 2013-03-24 18:57:56 in reply to Stripper Gear posted by Frank Oliva on 2013-03-24 15:30:17

I was in the same situation just a few years ago. Here are a few things I learned along the way. In fly fishing, you figure out what fly you'll be throwing first. Once you figure that out, you figure out what line you'll need to throw that fly & match said line to an appropriate rod. Personally, I use flies tied on anything from a size 2 to size 3/0 hook. These usually end up being 3" - 5" long.
There are guys out there fishing everything from 7wt - 10wt rods. Most guys will tell you to use either a 8wt or 9wt. Most everyone will probably recommend a 9' rod. I prefer fairly fast rods with fairly powerful butt sections. The windy conditions can and will be a big influence in what you're able to cast.
The most used line on the California Delta is a fast sinking line, either a shooting head or integrated shooting head line. After that, the intermediate (shallow) and floating (topwater) lines follow. Integrated lines are the easiest to cast. Examples include Airflo Sniper and Rio Outbound Short lines. Both are very popular choices.
I'm using a 330gr sinking head on my 8wt rods & 392gr sinking head on my 9wt rods. The intermediate lines, often referred to simply as I lines, are 315gr & 375gr respectively.
I think it is a great idea going the used rod route. I think, especially now just starting out, you should concentrate more on the casting & fishing then the subtleties of rod design. As you become more proficient with your casting, you'll better be able to appreciate the differences in the rods.
You didn't mention what your budget is..... Here are a couple of rods that I've owned which you should be able to get used on a 'budget'. Redington CPX & Link rods. Sage Xi2. TFO BVK.
Finally, I'd invest in at least one good casting lesson. It will be money that is incredibly well spent. You can also do a search for the Belgian or Oval cast - it is a way to cast the heavy sinking heads.

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