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Luc Bergeron asks: I plan to purchase a DNA 13’6″ 8wt to fish Atlantic salmon on the Grand Cascapedia river in Québec. I would like to know if it’s the right size for this river and which line and reel I should match with it.
Jonathan Huff replies: We have been fishing the Grand for over 15 years, and I think the DNA 13’6″ 8 weight is a great rod for the river. I have used it up there many times. Different size rods will also work, depending on flows and location on the river. Up high or in low water you can get away with a DNA 11’6′ 7wt or 13′ 7wt, and in higher water or lower on the river we use the 13’6″ 8wt, and sometimes even a DNA 14′ 9 wt. As for reels on the market today there are many great choices. The new Abel sealed drag is a very nice reel in a 11/12 model for that rod. Nautilus NV or CCF-X will do the trick as always, and Hatch in a 9 Plus is also a very good pick. If you are looking for more of a classic reel I can steer you in the right direction for that as well. For lines I would recommend a Scandi line with different tips in case the water goes up or down while you are there. If you are interested in trying a mid-spey line, I designed the Wulff Super Spey for them and thats what I like to use on the Grand. I’d be happy to work with you to get you set up for your trip, please call me any time at Streams of Dreams Fly Shop, 201-934-1138.
Latest "Ask a Pro" PostsLuc Bergeron asks: I plan to purchase a DNA 13’6″ 8wt to fish Atlantic salmon on the Grand Cascapedia river in Québec. I would like to know if it’s the right size for this river and which line and reel I should match with it.
Jacques wants to know: Can you please recommend rods for me – 9wt for flats, 10wt for milkfish and 12wt for GTs and Sailfish? What’s the difference between the Solar and Exocett? Cheers!
Ty Martin asks: What is your suggested rod for Euro Nymphing? Do you have a 3wt?
Bill Gallogly asks: I own a 15′, 10wt, 5 piece T&T. I have been casting a Rio Intouch Longhead Spey 9/10 765 gr. Is there a better line to turn over a heavy tip (t-14) and big intruder with dumbbell eyes? Am I looking for a heavier, longer skagit or something else? Fishing the Skeena and its tributaries. Many thanks!
I own a T&T 1307. Puchased the rod new about ten years ago. Clearly, an amazing rod. Now there are may new lines on the market. Could you give me suggestions as to line weight for the Nextcast Zone, the Airflow Rage and any other new line on the market you really like. I swing flies for Steelhead on the Klickitat, Grande Ronde, Deschutes and the Clearwater. Also planning to start “skating” dries again. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank You, Gary