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7 or 8 wt too much overkill for nymphing

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I'm looking into a 7 or 8 wt to double as a warm water fly rod and also my steelhead rig, would it be overkill for nymphing for trout on driftwood, or spring creek sized streams until I get my 9' 4wt... I was even thinking a 6wt for a do it all but seems like it would be light for bass/pike and NY tribs

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Re: 7 or 8 wt too much overkill for nymphing

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Great choice for Smallmoth Lake Run Browns and Steelhead, Not as good for Salmon, an overkill for trout.

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I use a 6 wt for trout, and no it is not overkill for trout, at least stockies, I have an LSI and konic, and it is light and more responsive than my friends 4 wt, and i would not choose another rod. standard fish may not peel drag but they will def pull a line and the nitros and magnums still put up a heck of a fight.

Posted on: 2013/3/19 19:33


Re: 7 or 8 wt too much overkill for nymphing

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I'm thinking about getting a 6wt first because the next few months will be mostly trout with only a few pike mixed in and a smallmouth trip or two. These aren't big Canadian pike either, our yellow creek or c. river pike average 20-25" with very few close to 30

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Why not a 5wt ? You've mentioned 4-6 and 8wts but jumped right passed the most versatile IMO.

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Re: 7 or 8 wt too much overkill for nymphing

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he asked about a 7 or 8 weight. not a six or a five

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He did mention 6wt. Go read it again.

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Re: 7 or 8 wt too much overkill for nymphing

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If I got an 8wt first I would definitely think about a 5.. but right now I think I'm leaning towards a 6 for a do all rod temporarily. I fishing nymphs on indicator rigs 90% of the time with a few streamers mixed in but if a hatch is on I have no problem fishing dri

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Fuller, the 6 will do for most applications depending on the action. You can always underline it too with a five or overline it with a seven

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There are at least 3 stand alone questions that got rolled and mashed into one.


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Thirty years ago a 7wt was considered a heavy trout weight. It was recomended for large nymphs and streamers. It wouldnt be my first choice, but it would work.

Most 6 wt's will cast everything but the big wind resistant bass bugs.

Good luck, Tony

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as someone who uses 30 year old 7wt rods, i'd like to point out they have similar action to a modern 5wt rod with regards to stiffness.

a modern 6wt is fine. a 30 year old one is better.

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Quote:

gfen wrote:
as someone who uses 30 year old 7wt rods, i'd like to point out they have similar action to a modern 5wt rod with regards to stiffness.

a modern 6wt is fine. a 30 year old one is better.



Cant lump all 30 yr old rods together. Just like today, there were many manufacturers with many different models/actions.

Good luck, Tony

Posted on: 2013/3/20 1:06


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I'm of the opinion a 6wt is still the best all around compromise,but it's like playing golf with just one club.

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Here is why multiple rods and reels have benefits. I love the fight and would use a 3 wt with stockies with no problem. However when the stockies are Palaminos up around the 6lb + range .The possibilities of loosing them is greater. And although I am extremely comfortable using my 3wt. I would not take it up to Salmon River to fish the great silvers that run up there. I had some difficulties with using my 8wt and lost all five that I had hooked up with. Even though I fought 2 of them for better than 25 minutes. (lack of experience with my 8wt. and knowledge of Salmon were the main factor) With that said, you have to release that it is the wt/size of the nymph that will determine what wt rod you can use with it. I cannot lay down line with a size 8 or 10 nymph with my 3 wt rod. It is just to difficult for me.

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