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I would like taper recommendations for fishing Spiders (Soft Hackles). In reading the books on fishing these flies the recommendation is an 8' 4 weight with a soft tip.

I have found the FE Thomas Special 8' 4 wt wet fly rod. Any others?  (Lowell Davis)

    I made the F.E. Thomas 8 for a 4 based on the taper Ron published in the Planing Form awhile back. I loved it, although I only lawn cast it since it was the auction rod for the Hospice annual Gala. I started splitting a culm for another one last night to make for myself. 

    By the way, the rod went for $1,000.00 at the auction last Saturday night. I am very proud of that – and for my favorite charity. Over $200,000.00 total was raised between the silent and live auctions. Even with many less auction items donated this year due to the tough economy, the total amount raised was still very close to previous years.

    The heart warming generosity of people still comes through even when times are tough!  (Tom Vagell)

    I have an 8 1/2 foot, 3 piece, 3 wt Mr. Nemes thought was ideally suited for fishing spiders and flymphs if you’re interested.  (Ren Monllor)

    I have a taper for a Payne 200L 2 piece. I am currently varnishing a variant of that rod now. I briefly test cast it after I sealed the wraps a few days ago. It has a soft tip and shows a lot of promise as a soft hackle rod. I beefed up the 10 inches in front of the grip a bit. Seems to be an easy caster with decent distance capability. Really windy when I tested it, but when I could get the backcast to straighten between gusts I had no trouble casting 60 feet. not bad for a 4 wt in the wind.

    I can give u the original taper and/or my variant if u want it.  (David Atchison)

    Soft hackles are a long time favorite of mine to fish, but I haven't developed any particular preference in rods, except of course, now that I have gotten into it, bamboo. I would say the choice  depends more on the water you are fishing.  (Mike McGuire)

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