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Newbie shopping for rod/reel for bluegill

3/29/20 @ 10:05 AM
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rancocasrich
rancocasrich
User since 1/17/10

I am a novice flyfisher.  I have been using my 9' 8wt rod/reel for bluegill in nearby park. I really have to choose my spots carefully to avoid overhead and behind obstructions. Are there shorter fly rods for me to consider when targeting panfish?

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3/30/20 @ 9:45 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

I would go 3 weight.  Sage Dart would be nice setup if you want to make an investment in a great Driftless Trout Rod that would also catch you some gills.  You will also need a different line for a short rod, so a Rio Creek Line has shorter head and would pair well. 

Here is a more cost appropriate Echo rod though for a dedicated bluegill pond fishing.

https://echoflyfishing.com/project/echobase/

3wt is 7'6" 


https://www.rioproducts.com/products/rio-creek


3/29/20 @ 1:22 PM
fetch-um-up
User since 2/19/06

You will do better with a 4wt rod and 4 or 5wt line.  You can get a shorter rod also,  but practicing a roll cast will help you avoid lots of aggravation with the back cast....  

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