One Rig To Rule Them All: Zeke Hersh

Dec 27, 2016

Author: Tanner Smith

Imagine This- You're Limited to One Rod/Reel/Line Setup, and Only Allowed 3 Fly Patterns for an Entire Year... What Would You Choose?

This week we will continue our One Rig to Rule Them All Series. If you are not familiar, we have presented the idea to our shop employees and guides to choose one Rod/Reel/Line Setup as well as a choice of 3 fly patterns to fish for an entire year. This week we have caught up with our Trouts Frisco Head Guide Zeke Hersh. Here's what he had to say:

This is a great question and there are many great answers I am sure. To be honest I am not a full on gear junky so my rods and reels are battle tested and I have a certain loyalty to my gear. That said, this is what I like to fish these days and I am going go a bit farther and use the three flies in a technique or rig that I believe can catch trout 365 days a year.

Rod-  I currently love my Scott Radian 9ft 5wt. It has a great fast action, but not too fast and is a sensitive fishing machine... And did I mention super light without losing any power.

Reel- I really love my Lamson Remix 2. This is a great superlight reel for the money. The drag system works great even in the dead of winter in freezing conditions.

Fly Line- I just recently was given some Orvis Hydros Superfine fly line.  This line rocks; it casts amazingly smooth, floats like a champ and performs superiorly.

Flies-  I am not only going to give you my three of my favorite flies, but I am going to give you a technique I think you can fish with these three flies in a triple trouble set up (see blog post from earlier in fall), all season long on virtually every river and be productive, by changing depths and tippet sizes. With this set up and fly selection, I know you will be able to catch fish on technical tailwaters, small streams, big freestone rivers and even lakes. 

Dry- Chubby Chernobyl in Tan #10. This fly floats superiorly, his highly visible and trout love it. Need I say more?!

Nymph- Tungsten Orange Psycho Prince #14- This fly became one of my favorites this summer and has been catching fish late into the season. This fly sinks fast, looks super tasty with the UV dubbing and just catches fish.

Midge- Tungsten Black Zebra Midge #20- This fly catches fish period! It may not be the sexiest fly in the box but we all know sometimes in fly fishing ugly can be better. This fly just performs, from technical tailwaters to classic freestone rivers.

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