6wt or 7wt for the sound beaches?

#1
Going to buy my first rod and reel combination in the next couple of days. A 6wt combination has been recommended by the shop. Some of the articles I have read recommended a 7wt 9' rod.

Suggestions would be appreciated. I will be trying to learn the central and south sound beaches. Silvers are my preferred catch and possibly some catch and release cutthroat. On the other hand, I might want to do a little lake fishing although I don't eat trout or any other freshwater fish.

Thanks,
Rick
 
#2
For what its worth, i just bought a st croix legend series 8wt 9' and i pretty much use it now for everything. Its heavy enough for big salmon, but i find it very nice for lake fishing as well because i can haul in medium sized trout fairly quickly and get them released with minimal tiring. Plus i can cover a good amount of water with it, making it a perfect beach rod.
 

Jake Bannon

nymphs for steelhead....
#3
A 6wt is a great sound rod as well as a 7wt. I have a 5/6wt and I use it for a SRC and res coho rod and I was able to land a few bigger mature silvers this year on it without any problems. Though I want to buy a 6/7wt just to have a little more backbone for the coho.

-Jake
 
#5
IMO, a fast action 6 wt rod will be your most versatile rod for the beach, and for throwing streamers or nymphing in fresh water; I prefer a 9'6" length; overload the rod with a 7 wt line for windy days.

A 10' 7 wt. rod. would be better suited for Fall Silvers, Pinks, Summer Run Stealhead, etc.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#6
I use a older 5 wt. SAGE RPL for saltwater cutthroat. It's been perfect for me. Can cast it a mile which is nice for saltwater fishing. It has plenty of backbone and I use a weight-forward dry line on it. I also caught some coho on it with no problems in the Sound. (You might even check on a used one, although there are plenty of good rods out there nowadays.) If you're going for strictly salmon, then you would probably want to head for the 8 weight or so category.
 
#7
Thanks to all who have responded. I appreciate all the help for a beginner. I bought a Redington 6wt 9" red fly 2 combo kit today (my first ever fly rod). It just seemed to fit what I was trying to do.

Thanks again,
Rick
 
#9
Thanks Brian,

I am anxious to get started. I need a basic class (never casted a fly rod), some waders and a couple of flies. Hope to have it all together after Christmas.

Rick
 
#10
For silvers and cutts I prefer a 6wt fast action like the TFO TicrX. Light enough for those delicate sea runs, and stiff enough to push those weighted clousers in tough wind conditions for those freight-train Silvers.

I over lined my 6 to a 7 and it bombs.

Now if I were targeting Silvers in the rivers definately a 7wt or higher. You need the backbone to muscle them through the current,trees,logs,etc. Using a 6wt in the salt, you virtually have no obstructions, and have all the fighting room possible, just have enough backing!

I think "Yellowlab" has a 6wt 4pc 9' Ticrx for sale in the classifieds. I'm sure he would give you a deal, check it out.
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php?t=44331
 

Porter

Active Member
#11
For silvers and cutts I prefer a 6wt fast action like the TFO TicrX. Light enough for those delicate sea runs, and stiff enough to push those weighted clousers in tough wind conditions for those freight-train Silvers.

I over lined my 6 to a 7 and it bombs.

Now if I were targeting Silvers in the rivers definately a 7wt or higher. You need the backbone to muscle them through the current,trees,logs,etc. Using a 6wt in the salt, you virtually have no obstructions, and have all the fighting room possible, just have enough backing!

I think "Yellowlab" has a 6wt 4pc 9' Ticrx for sale in the classifieds. I'm sure he would give you a deal, check it out.
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php?t=44331
A little late ...uh? :clown:
 
#12
Good choice on the six. Redington makes a nice rod. Seven weight is too much for cutts. I fish my five weight exclusively for SRCs, but I do have a six weight I use for salmon in the salt/summer steelhead/bulls. You'll be fine with that rod for cutts, resident silvers and blackmouth (which should start heating up soon).

Have fun fishin the salt, its a blast. :thumb:
 
#13
Thanks Peter,

I bought the 6wt redington outfit. I know it is not the elite thousand dollar equipment but that is okay. I am just getting started and I went on the recommendation of a shop that gave me good customer service.

I have had a few local shops that wouldn't even respond to my e-mails.
Nathan Keen and the Avid Angler in Lake Forest Park have been most helpful. I live closer to the south and central sound but don't mind spending the time on the road with a shop that offers advice and good customer service.

Rick
 
#14
I was a little late wasn't I, DOH!
Never the less, have an awesome time and remember to rinse you gear to the bone after fishing the salt.

I rinsed out my Mid Arbor Battenkill as normal, soaking in water for a day, rinsing in warm water 4 times and drying time, and it still rusted, arrrggh. First time in a long time for my reel to rust.