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    #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    For streams that you can wade across to maybe those a little bit larger that you cannot wade across- generally open casting room but sometimes you have to watch the trees- for your 10-12" trout as the average fish. Dry flies and nymphs. I sort of like a 9' rod because I think I can cast better and keep line off the water in certain circumstances- in any event- I like a 9' rod. For those that have fished both #5 or #6 wt rods- which do you prefer?


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    Quote Originally Posted by red owl View Post
    For streams that you can wade across to maybe those a little bit larger that you cannot wade across- generally open casting room but sometimes you have to watch the trees- for your 10-12" trout as the average fish. Dry flies and nymphs. I sort of like a 9' rod because I think I can cast better and keep line off the water in certain circumstances- in any event- I like a 9' rod. For those that have fished both #5 or #6 wt rods- which do you prefer?
    Hi there. To be in the position you mention above, I like 3wt - 4wt rods but would probably lean closer to the 4wt just in case I do approach some meatier looking water. For bigger water I like a bit more rod so I bring 5 and 6 wts. I like fishing the Saucon river in PA for which I bring 3 and 4 wt rods and I like fishing bigger rivers like the Beaverkill which I always bring the 5wt for. The 6wt rods aren't required around here but they do come in handy for chuckin streamers or for those ultra windy days, but even then you don't need a 6wt. What rods have you been lookin at?

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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    On a stream like Pine Creek either a 5 or 6 will do, big drys here nothing under a size 16 (blue quills) most are in the 8 - 14 range, (size 6 sometimes) lots of streamer and crawfish tossing too.
    For streams like the Beaverkill a 4 or 5 wt. would do.

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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    Based strictly on the wording of the question, a nine foot, five weight is fine.

    If you have other rods, or if you may want to use an "only rod" for other types of fishing, the answer could change.


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    Most modern rods are advertised as casting 80 feet no problem. In most Eastern rivers this means clearing the whole stream. Good luck getting a good drift with your line across the whole river.

    The only place I've felt undergunned fishing for trout with a 4wt was the Bighorn running at 8,000 CFS. I was wishing I had a 10' 6wt on me.


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    I bought a 6 a while back thinking I would use it for challenging conditions such as wind, big nymphs, lots of weight, long distance and have found my
    5 is a much more pleasant experience. Besides, what do you do when fishing
    the 6 and BWO's show up in size 22 and require 6 or 7x tippet. I don't think I used the 6 once this year because the 5 always did the job. If you want a little more power I would get myself a second 5 in a faster action.

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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    Well, sounds like a #4 or #5 is fine for most conditions.


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    I went through the same thing as you are now. I wound up getting a 9' 4wt. from Shannon's. It is a JP Ross and I love it. I have yet to run into a situation where I could not use it. Well maybe a windy day up on the West Branch but it still worked ok. I even used it for steelhead in Erie but i won't recommend that.


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    So, I just started fly fishing this summer. My Dad was great and gave me an 8 wt. for my birthday. I'm starting to think he outdid himself....

    I live in northern NJ and I want to fish all the rivers, ponds, etc. in the area, should I send it back to LL Bean and exchange it for a 9 foot 5 wt.? From what this thread says I think I'm WAY over equipped.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you.


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    8 wt is definitly not for trout in the NY, NJ , Pa or Ct area. Some people even prefer going to 3 wt. If you can exchange it without hurting dads feelings
    I would do it. Go for a 4 or 5, either will serve you well but I would not even go for a 6 which is an overkill.

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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    Quote Originally Posted by New Flysey View Post
    So, I just started fly fishing this summer. My Dad was great and gave me an 8 wt. for my birthday. I'm starting to think he outdid himself....

    I live in northern NJ and I want to fish all the rivers, ponds, etc. in the area, should I send it back to LL Bean and exchange it for a 9 foot 5 wt.? From what this thread says I think I'm WAY over equipped.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you.
    Different rods serve different purposes....
    An eight weight is a good beginner's rod for Bass bugging in ponds and lakes.

    In your place, I'd keep the eight weight, and start hinting about how a five weight trout rod (or the money to buy one) would make an excellent Christmas present.

    BTW:
    When you get "into" a sport or hobby, you will find that friends and relatives, who don't have the same interests, are not the best source of gear. You'll be wanting to pick it out yourself.


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    Re: #5wt or #6wt for stream trout

    Hey,
    I've got a 7'6" 4wt. that I use for 90% of my fishing. I used it on the Yellowstone this summer without any problem. I go to a five wt. 9' for fishing lakes and when using a sink tip to sling streamers. I need to learn to double haul so I can cast larger flys farther with the little rod. Most of the time I don't have to cast all that far, just accurately. If I were to own one rod, it would probably be a 9' 4wt.. Most of the time the rod you use has more to do with casting style and personal preference than anything else. I also have a 10' 5wt that I got for polish nymphing but don't use all that much at present. Happy holidays,Frogge.

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