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Well after seeing guys standing right beside me nailing coho this year while I got skunked I have decide to take the step and come over to the darkside. Now be gentle........I'm still a little shaky from the big decision.

Now down to business. I need some advice here guy/gals. I have stayed away from fly fishing due to the fact that I didn't want to make the financial commitment of owning 10 different rods and 4 reels and 12 lines etc etc etc.......
This I have recently learned does not have to be the case. So I ask you vedderins (you like that) for a guy that fish's primarily for coho and steelies can I get away with one rod/reel? I have heard allot of very good things about these Echo rods (made in China :confused:)

I know almost nothing of fly fishing so your comments are greatly appreciated. I presume that if I wanted to fish smaller lakes for bow's I would need a lighter rod as well?

What would be your winning combination for me? Please let me know and I'll send the wifey to go buy it for her king. :p

As I have not yet made my first million price is an issue. Porn just doesn't pay that well.

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If it's rivers you'll be fishing, then go with an 8 weight. It's not over kill on smaller river going fish, and it's not under gunned for the larger ones. Paired up with a large arbor fly reel, and a multi tip line system it'll be a good fit for all your salmon and steelhead needs. Welcome to the dark side. :cheers:

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Like the others have said an 8wt is great for most steelhead/Salmon duties. The Echo rods are great, excellent values for you're money, but definately not low end. I have cast the 9ft rod only they do make longer ones, that will have to be your decision.

For lakes I prefer a 6wt so I can make it double for dollies,bulls, and larger interior trout. Alot of guys use a 5wt nothing wrong with that again a personal preference. also th Echo rods down in this range are real nice also.
 

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Koda and I are thinking along the lines of a 5 weight for some lake fishing and exploring smaller flows. I have read the the 6 weights cast better in the wind but if your catching alot of 12" trout isn't that like bringing it up with a steel bar and a winch cable? I know this will be the first of many fly rods but I'am hoping to start somewhere in the middle for catching bulls and trout and maybe go smaller if I find my self fishing alot of 1lb trout lakes.
 

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I have a 6 wt that I use for larger rivers and some lakes if it is very windy. Most of the time I am fishing a 3, 4, or 5 wt. Last summer on the Thompson, ribwart was landing 2 and 3 lb troout , in very heavy current on a 5 wt. In most cases, a 6 wt is the recommended set-up for a new fly fisher. It is heavy enough to handle most of the fish one will encounter without worrying about breakin the rod, and it is still light enough to allow you to feel some excitement with any but the smallest of fish. Don't worry about the difference between a 5 and 6 wt. once you get into the sport you will find that in a few years time, you will have a rod in almost every weight class. When your wife hears you are thinking of buying (or building) another rod, and asks how many rods you need, you will then learn that the answer is always "Only one more than I have, dear."
 

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For rivers, I usually just fish floating line when I am targeting trout. If I want to get a nymph down, I use a longer leader and weighted fly or split shot. On lakes I will use either a floating line with an approriately weighted fly, or a sinking line. I have one sink tip line for my 5 wt and haven't used it since the first year (8 years ago) I got it. I can't stand the way it casts and I have never found a need for it. I do fish for salmon and steelhead with a Rio Versatip system, but that is the only toime I have felt the need to use a sink tip. Hope this helps.
 

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piglicker if you plan to target salmon you should pick up an 8wt. my dad bought the ECHO 10foot 8wt GREAT ROD!!! very good action and super tough he paired it with a SAGE large arbour and the drag on that reel can stop a chum DEAD in its track, trust me i tried this out ;D as i have the same reel. if you plan on targetting trout then i would go with a 5 or 6wt because it will be good times and an 8wt would be overkill for trout.


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Thanks guys, I will stick to the drift setups I have now for the upcoming steely season and get some casting skills down over the summer with the 6wt. By the time the salmon are back I will probably have a setup or two in the 8wt class, I have no problems spending money on the toys I just like to put it in the right places.
 
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