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tnm19.12
Posted: Jan 31, 2020 - 06:07 pm


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As a kid I would spend every weekend fly fishing for panfish or bass at my cottage in the kawarthas, what a blast on a 3 wt , I started tyimg easier flies like he wooly bugger, San Juan worm ,yarn flies , and even made a few disastrous mini poppers lol I would like to get back into fly fishing after a ten year hiatus , what would be a good size rod for steelies and salmon, as well as a good weight rod for residents , I'm totally lost on what size rod to use for each application, I have a general idea I guess ,I would like to know what everyone else uses

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metalbuckle
Posted: Jan 31, 2020 - 08:02 pm


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I believe the steelhead guys use larger fly reels and do lots of spey fishing. 7 WT (I think). I am not a big flyfisher, but I have a fly combo it's a 5 WT, never caught a steelhead on it, mostly small specks, browns and shaker rainbows.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2020 - 09:18 pm


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I agree, wouldn’t go less than a 7wt. Some big fish in these rivers. Lots of guys use Spey rods on the big runs but a 7wt will give you more versatility.

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Tommy_Niagara
Posted: Feb 04, 2020 - 07:31 pm


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You may want to invest in two rod/reel sets. 4 wt for smaller fish. 8 wt for steelies and salmon.

Investigate each rod manufacturer as well. You definitely want a good back bone for steering larger fish in current.

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David Parker
Posted: Mar 14, 2020 - 02:49 pm


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I think it is really a personal choice depending on your style of fishing and what you plan to fish for. Researching some of the fly shop experts might steer you in the right direction. Those folks at the fly shops (not big box stores) are usually well versed on local rivers and lakes, types of fish in them and the recommended setup to make your fly fishing experiences pleasant. They are usually quite helpful answering your questions.
I currently use both a 7wt and 9wt. The 9wt mostly when fishing Pike and Steelhead, for it seems to have the power, but is also not always easiest to cast compared to my 7wt. My 7wt is my go to rod for SM Bass. I am not an expert caster by any means, but I keep at it and have managed a few nice fish with both rods. IMO, the proper line, leader setup is the key to casting, based on your type of fishing.
If I were starting out, I would be looking at an 8wt setup for the types of fishing you wish to do. Good luck with your research.

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