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Centerpin/9 wt?
I just started fishing John Milner’s new ball bearing reels, it is great. I have never fished a pin before, with three split shots; I can cast across the river. Any one buying one would not be disappointed. I want to buy a new center pin rod. My question is could a guy use a 9-weight fly rod, casting three split shot, or is the rod to light? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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Its possible to use a fly rod, and in fact a few guys use them (surprisingly enough).....the butt section is just a little small...a few guys have done a spey/centerpin switch rod....I've heard that mono line is pretty hard on the furelles (spelling) and such....on the fly rod...

Mike <"))))))><
 

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Guide David Murphy uses and 8 weight fly rod and centrepin combo. He landed, on the TV show, Sportfishing BC, one of the biggest steelies he has ever caught on the Stamp a few years ago on this setup.
 

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I have a Milner Kingfisher bushing reel and I built an Osprey 9 foot 8 weight blank into a CP rod. Very nice on small to medium systems, but a tad under powered to toss medium to long casts. I think I have a tendency to try to overpower long casts and over accelerate the reel. Professional Spool over-rides (PSO's are a common occurance. :D Overall I would say that the kingfisher on a 9 weight would be a very nice set up. Normally when building a CP rod I like to incorporate the "W" fitting and aluminum ring set up for reel seat. Its a more traditional method of rod construction, however, "W" fittings are hard to come by now and very expensive.

I also built a Sage 3106LB into a CP rod for my Talisman and this is my favourite all round Steelhead rod.
 
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