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Flyrod size for Smallmouth

Started by Oldman, November 23, 2008, 09:27:05 AM

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Oldman

I have a 6 wt 8.5'. Was thinking maybe a 9' 8wt with fighting butt would help me catch the big uns like Kim and Marty get. ;D

Question for yall... What would be the best rod? Size and wt not make.


walt

oldie, i like a 6wt for smallies. an 8 wt will allow you to toss larger flies in windier conditions, and technically provide better butt strength for theoretical larger fish.... but imho, a 6wt will work just fine.

the largest smallie i ever caught was a 5lb+ monster up on penns creek..... slt 4wt., size 12 wooly bugger.

wally....

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Oldman

Walt, Thats was what I was thinking more of. Big flies in windy conditions.

Kieth, a 7'11" rod seems to me to be rather difficult to cast from a toon compared to a 9 or 9.5'. What yall think.

I am gearing up for June. Cant wait. Thanks.


Beetle

I use a 9' 7 wt but you should be fine with a 6 wt.

Definitely get a 9' rod.  There's very little exit strategy on anything shorter.


Woolly Bugger

I use a 9' rod also... but i've heard those sage bass rods are the tits!

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

walt

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on November 23, 2008, 22:01:31 PM

I use a 9' rod also... but i've heard those sage bass rods are the tits!

wb, they are casting machines..... but short. from a toon i'd rather toss a nine footer, from a boat, the sage bass rods are pretty damn good. there's a less expensive redington "copy" available now... hell thar might even be one or two over in the rod rack  ???

long weekend wally...

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rockroller

I use a 9' 6-weight and a 9' 8-weight.  In low water with smaller flies (size 6 or so) I like the 6-weight.  But the guys at the local fly shop talked me into an 8 when I was in doubt and assured me I would end up using it far more than I thought.  They have been right.  For the nicer smallies, I like throwing at least size 2 poppers, deceivers and clousers.  That's a lot of bug for the 6-weight.  I've done it and it's just too much work.  With the 8-weight I can get the distance and accuracy with those bigger bugs.  Almost all of my smallmouth fishing is done on the Potomac, though.  Maybe in waters smaller than the Potomac, the 6 would be fine with even the big bugs.


streamer

Although I target my SM bass fishing to big fish, my standard smallie rod is a 8'6"/ 6 wt. St. Croix Legend Ultra. I used to subscribe to the muscle theory of the 8 wt., and still fish it when necessary (long casts, hefty Clousers, etc.) but I've found that the fast action 6 wt. gives me enough ass in the rod to make 90% of the casts I need to make, and plenty of bigger fish fighting capability. Plus I've adopted the Harry Murray theory that If I need to cast more than about 40', I need to move closer to the fish.

There's my $.02 worth.
Streamer

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kylemc

Quote from: rockroller on November 24, 2008, 08:45:47 AM

I use a 9' 6-weight and a 9' 8-weight.  In low water with smaller flies (size 6 or so) I like the 6-weight.  But the guys at the local fly shop talked me into an 8 when I was in doubt and assured me I would end up using it far more than I thought.  They have been right.  For the nicer smallies, I like throwing at least size 2 poppers, deceivers and clousers.  That's a lot of bug for the 6-weight.  I've done it and it's just too much work.  With the 8-weight I can get the distance and accuracy with those bigger bugs.  Almost all of my smallmouth fishing is done on the Potomac, though.  Maybe in waters smaller than the Potomac, the 6 would be fine with even the big bugs.

I do the same thing..gurglars,poppers and small stuff with the 6wt. big stuff with the 8wt. i also use the 8wt with sinking line a fair amount with smallies and tailwater generation. When smallie fishing I have both in the boat.


Oldman

Now it sounds like I need two rods. I told my wife that and she said, "What for, you can only throw one". Now I have a justifiable reason for a new Christmas present.

Reel choice will be come birthday time. (hers of course) ;D


puddlejockey

Dont overlook a 7wt as a good balance between the two!

I've got a 10' 7wt , with Rio Clouser line, that's perfect for smallies and big flies in the wind, but still plays a 12" fish nicely.  The extra length is great for mending from a canoe.

I actually usually fish my 9" 6  now that I think about it.....the tradeoff for tougher casting is worth it when playing the fish. But then I rarely throw anything bigger than a 4 slider, with an occasional sz 2 if Im feelin' froggy.

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