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    a case for a fast 6wt?

    I picked up a T&T Horizon 6wt for a great price and now I'm wondering where I should use it. I use my 4wt for most of the NJ trout and I have a 7wt for warm water. So where would you use a 6wt in NJ?


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    It looks like you're like me...can't pass up a good deal! How about shad fishing in the Delaware or fishing panfish poppers? Seems like it would be the perfect rod for both.


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    I've always liked fishing with lighter gear than recommended. Give the fish and me more of a challenge so to speak. If I break a rod, I have a great story to tell.

    I've dropped down to a 7wt for steelhead on the Salmon River and love the action I get from it. Many times I've considered taking along my 5wt and giving it a try (don't yet have a 6wt). I'd be happy to test your T&T 6wt on a steelie for you.

    As for NJ fishing with it. Should be a blast in the bays on a Blues blitz.

    Cdog


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    IMHO: A 6 weight is a good general purpose rod. It might be a a slight disadvantage with flys smaller than size 20, or really large Bass Bugs, but it's fine for just about anything in between.

    Specific uses:
    • Heavily weighted nymphs, especially if one or more droppers are used.

      Medium streamers.

      Big water, like the Delaware, or large coldwater lakes. (Re: Andy's post).

      Small Bass and panfish bugs.

      A "light tackle" option for saltwater/salmon/steelhead. (Re: C-Dog's post)
    If I'm packing for a trip to waters I've never fished before, or am unsure of the conditions, I always pack a 6 weight, regardless of which rod I think I'm going to use.


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    I use mine on Lakes and Reservoirs. Throw some sink tip or full sink on to get low for the lakers when you need to. Like others said, a six is good on the Del too.

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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    shad
    smallmouth
    schoolie stripers
    cocktail blues
    streamer fishing for trout on bigger waters
    lakes, ponds
    any place a 4 is too little and a 7 is too much

    "I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution." John Gierach

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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    Thanks! Shad fishing sounds interesting. Time to do some research...

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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    Streamers onthe upper D


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    Quote Originally Posted by rford View Post
    Streamers onthe upper D
    Exsacta-moon-do. Loop a sinking leader (polyleader) to the end of your floater and throw a black woolly bugger upstream into the the heavy riffles. You know -- the whitewater stuff, not those wide, shallow kind. Try to retrieve it back as fast as the current. It's kinda sloppy fishing because I never really know whats going on, but every once in a while there is a big old brown attached.

    I use a 10 ft Sage XP 6 weight that is the definition of a fast rod. It is my first choice when fishing sinking lines in rivers.


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    You can also use it at the pequest and the south branch when the flows are over 500cfs. Good streamer rod.
    Ive used a 9ft 5wt for steelheading on lake Erie it deff. makes things fun. Gotta set hook hard.


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    Re: a case for a fast 6wt?

    Corndog: Try the 5-weight for steelhead; I think you'll love it! All of the steelhead rods I've built have been on 5-weight blanks and it's my standard for that purpose. A light rod like this just seems to become a sensitive extention of my arm and I can literally feel my nymphs and Glo Bugs roll along the bottom. It is my standard for the vast majority of my trout fishing, as well.


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