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Just broke my 6wt fly rod and am looking for a new one. This was my first flyfishing rod that I bought around 16 months ago.

I mainly fish in interior lakes but am also now fishing vancouver island rivers like the Cowichan. Theres an good chance I may use it for fishing pinks from shore mid-island but I also have an 8wt I could use for that.

I am leaning towards buying another 6wt but I am curious as to how other fly rods of different weights would perform.

What are some of your favorite weights for trout fishing and why?
 

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9wt for all salmon and 6wt for everything else. This is just due to the cost. A 6wt is a perfect all around rod and is easiery to cast in the wind then say a 3wt or even a 4wt. I mean if I had the funds of course I would by the wt rod for every occasion but these 2 rods will get me into anything.
 

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I prefer a 4 or 5 wt and preferably a 10 footer. 4 wt's can be a bit tough to cast when your are throwlinga 15-20 ft leader with striker indicator and split shot.

Generally peopleover estimate the weight rod they need for a 2-4 lbs trout. A 4 wt can handle it especially in a lake plus it makes those 1 pounders more fun to catch. Catching a 1 pounder on a 6 wt or more....yawn
 

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If fishing unknown waters I start with my 5wt. If the fish are on the small size I change to my 3wt.
I have never had a fish on the 5wt that it could not handle. Largest trout on the 5wt, 71/2 lbs.
Now that was fun, largest fish on the 3wt, a 19 1/2" grayling that was more fun :happy:

Ross
 

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If you have an 8wt for salmon and steelhead, I would suggest a 9' 5wt 4pc as your "one rod does it all" for trout. The 5wt has more backbone than a 4wt to throw larger flies and fight the wind. It will flex a little more to make the little ones feel a little bigger on the line. :)

But...we all know that eventually we never just have "one" rod to do one thing...you'll eventually also have a quiver full of rods in your closet from 2wt to 10wt. :)
 

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Damn, it all matters to what water etc your fishing..my first rod was a 6wt and I will always have one of them for big interior fish etc. That said, I have found that it's allot funner to have the right rod for what your fishing which can be a 1 or 2wt for any local lakes etc. a 4wt just because i like um too and a 6wt. for when the fish or weather warrant it...can say this, not much fun catching 12-18" fish down here even on a 4wt...Now i'm looking for a 1 or 2 ..stupid sport..god I love it!!!
 

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stone said:
But...we all know that eventually we never just have "one" rod to do one thing...you'll eventually also have a quiver full of rods in your closet from 2wt to 10wt. :)
Great, Stone-I don't have a 10 wt. Thanks pal! :wallbash: :wallbash:
 

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Damn, it all matters to what water etc your fishing..my first rod was a 6wt and I will always have one of them for big interior fish etc. That said, I have found that it's allot funner to have the right rod for what your fishing which can be a 1 or 2wt for any local lakes etc. a 4wt just because i like um too and a 6wt. for when the fish or weather warrant it...can say this, not much fun catching 12-18" fish down here even on a 4wt...Now i'm looking for a 1 or 2 ..stupid sport..god I love it!!!
There are very few 1wt and 2wt rods around but I know someone that builds them. Joe out in Whonnock.
 
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