Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Perfect Creek Rod Is A Fly Rod

If you've fished a creek with a spinning rod you probably have ended up tangled more than a few times in sticks, branches, brush and everything else trying to get your bait to that one spot where you just know a fish is waiting for a fight.  I see it all the time, an angler moves into a great hole and then just stands there looking around at all the places that are out of reach.  Then the bail is clicked open and their bait swings back and forth a few times until the line is released sending hook, line and sinker across the creek and most of the time nowhere close to the spot that was targeted.  If they are lucky they can reel in and try again but most of the time you will see a tree branch on the other side start to move like there is a wild animal fleeing some sort of danger.  You might see these anglers standing around tying on new hooks and swatting bugs away from their faces all day.  Most of the time they end up with a great sunburn and no fish, or they just give up all together.
The best way to avoid all these problems is to get the right rod for creek fishing, a fly rod.  I use an 8 foot fly rod on every creek I fish and here is why.  A fly rod will give you that extra reach you need to get to the sweet spots that most creek anglers can't reach.  From one spot you can cover a large area of the water.  In wide open places you can stay back from the water so you will not be seen by the fish and still present your bait in a natural way.
If you happen to run into a large area where there is a pool or pond you can quickly tie on a fly and cast to where you want to go.  You will find that most creeks have natural dams where tree trunks or boulders have restricted the flow of water creating a pond.  Most of the time the water is clear and if you stay back about 25 feet or so and toss a fly a hook up will be a sure thing.
You don't have to use fly line just because you're using a fly rod.  I keep fly line on my reel as a backer and then tie on about 30 feet of mono.  This will give you enough line to drift your bait if you want to risk it but most of the time 18 inches off the rod tip is all you will use. 
In the pictures below you can see the reach I have with my fly rod, and keep in mind it's an 8 footer.
Take along a fly rod on your next Creekside adventure and I'm sure that you'll see the difference right away.  I'll see you on the creek!


  1. Thanks for the good tip. Makes good sense too me on small creeks because casting as we know it is limited in most situations.

  2. I agree that you have better reach fishing with an 8 foot fly-rod than with a shorter spinning rod. But what if you need more reach than just 8 feet? I think it would be easier to cast a short ultra light spinning rod than it would be to cast a longer fly rod. Casting accuracy definitely helps prevent some of the problems you mentioned. Great blog, BTW.

  3. Mel, thanks for the comment, You're so right some of the creeks can be a real challenge. glad you stopped by.

    William, that's a great point. An ultra light set up makes for some good action too. I'm glad you stopped by.


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