Wine Cork Micro Fly Rod Works!

By / March 6, 2015 / Bethany Lakes, Micro Fly Rod

Took a break yesterday to cast the Wine Cork Micro Fly Rod. Did not go fishing but did get a feel for the “cast-ability” of the rod. It cast well; able to take it to the backing. Next step… go fishing!

So today, went fishing after work. Decided on Bethany Lakes to try catching a Bass or Bluegill with an Olive Near Deere. Still cold with snow still lingering in areas. Did not expect much and only had about a half-hour to fish… pleasant surprise, caught a Rainbow Trout in the Canal!

Fun stuff!


 

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Steve.

Hello from Australia,
I came across your post after Googling micro fly rods and reels. Nice little outfit you have put together and effective on that rainbow trout. I've modified a short telescopic spinning rod and added a small Martin clicker type reel that's loaded with a 2wt line. It casts surprisingly well in close and out to 45 feet, which is the length of the half line. I've yet to catch a trout on this outfit but I hope to on my next fishing trip. Thanks for posting.
Cheers,
Steve.

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trtfshng84

Hi Steve,
That's great to hear about the 2 weight! Was also surprised that a little fly rod can cast well. Good luck with catching a trout with it. Hope to hear more about it soon, and thanks for checking out our Website!

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Steve.

Hello again,

I found this little 2wt combination had a very fast action but by adjusting my casting style it worked very well. When I later cast my 6wt rod it actually felt "sloppy" in comparison!
I'll let you know when I have success with the 2wt and hopefully send a few pics provided Photobucket is kind to me!
Cheers,
Steve.

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Steve

Took my 2wt telescopic mini fly rod to Marysville, Victoria, where I fished the Stevenson River and Marysville Lake. This rod extends to 4'8" and folds down to slightly less thjan 12", so it's probably not a micro fly rod, more a mini rod. In the Stevenson River I caught and released two small wild rainbow trout using a Royal Humpy. In the lake I caught and released two stocked rainbows using a black wooley worm. Very happy with the short telescopic fly rod, especially in the really tight spots along the stream. I can see me having a go at making one of those micro fly rods like yours.
Cheers,
Steve.

trtfshng84

They are fun to fish with…. Thanks for the great reports/updates from Australia!

Steve

I bought a very tiny fly reel on ebay recently. I can only fit around 4 yards of 2wt line on it with some backing, about 5 yards of a very strong but thin thread that I picked up at a garage sale some years ago. Some sort of weaving thread on a 3000 metre spool. The reel has very limited line capacity but it will be adequate for the tiny creek fishing that I mostly do. It suits the little rod well. I'm looking forward to trying this outfit soon. I'll take along the small Martin reel with the half 2wt line for any lake fishing.
Cheers,
Steve.

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Steve

I tried out the mini fly reel this morning and very happy with it. It makes a very light compact outfit with the telescopic rod. No fish this time but a good result anyway. When I returned home, I shortened the backing to 10 yards(more than what I wrote earlier). This stops the fly line binding on the reel. This will be a great little creek rod.
Cheers,
Steve.

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Steve

Success with the tiny fly reel. I took the micro outfit to fish in my town creek–the Grace Burn which runs behind the bakery where I work. A little bit of colour in the water after the rain that we've had but still clear enough to fish a small Royal Stimulator. Caught and released three small wild trout–two rainbows and a brown. This little creek hasn't been stocked since the 1960's, so all the trout are naturally self sustaining along with the native blackfish, galaxia minnows and freshwater crayfish or yabbies as we call them. Very happy with the little reel. The 4 yard fly line was entirely adequate for the Grace Burn and with that 10 yards of backing, I could land a monster! I'd like to put a lighter fly line on the reel–00 or 000 but they dont seem to be available here in OZ. What have you got on your micro reel and where could I buy something similar?
Cheers,
Steve.

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trtfshng84

Wow… Great Stuff! For my fly reel, I took an old 5 weight fly line and used the thin end as the micro fly line, then added some dacron backing. Other than that, GoFastandLight.com offers a fly line for the micro fly reel. It's the same place I got my fly reel.

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Steve

The 4 yard length of fly line on my mini reel is a piece that I'd cut off a floating level running line that would be about 2 wt, judging by its diameter. A garage sale buy again. I guess if I want to cast a longer distance I can always use my small Martin reel with its DT2F line. Such versatility in a small package! I like the way that I can stash the micro outfit in a small day pack and combine a day of walking and fishing, which I intend doing soon.
I looked up GoFastandLight.com but they may only ship to the US and Canada.
Cheers,
Steve.

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trtfshng84

Thanks for the info. Did not know they shipped to the US and Canada only. Have been happy with them so far.

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Steve

I took the micro fly outfit up to Marysville, Victoria where I fished the small Stevenson River which runs through the town. Water was very low and clear. Had a few small fish slash at the Royal Humpy but no hook ups. The micro outfit again proved to be a great, handy combination. I waded upstream for about half a mile to the point where the overhanging vegetation made any further progress almost impossible. A nice little stream. I later had a few casts in the Marysville Lake which is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Used the 12 foot section of fly line as a "shooting head" and was very pleased to be able to belt out 30 foot casts! A hoot! No fish movement or hook ups but still an enjoyable time.
I've discovered another telescopic spinning rod in my shed that I'd forgotten about. I'll probably cut down and modify this rod–when I can find my hack-saw!
Cheers,
Steve.

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