I'm starting to wish I had a 9'6" 6 weight, not only for sw but river fishing too. I think a 6 is the minimum to use, some 6's are built more like 7's and even some 8's so it also depends on what make/model rod you are using. But, Salt dog makes a great point, sometimes when you have your extended cousins fishing with you have to bring them in quick and straight!
Lots of pinks in hoodsport, in fact I saw my first pink fight of the season out there yesteraday. Broke it up after a few seconds one guy was bleeding pretty bad and the other guy was still talking trash when they left. . . damn gear guys.
:thumb: for the Salt Dog. iagree You also have to consider tide and wind when fishing the salt. Six weight is a bit light unless you plan on playing the fish to death and then if you can't release the fish they're so built up with lactic acid that you may as well make fertilizer of them. Get serious about conservation and use a heavier rod. It will save a fish to spawn or taste better if you harvest it.
I used to fish a 6wt for salt pinks, but now with all the increased boats and fisherman in the last few years fishing the popular areas it's a pain in the %&$*. I went to the 8wt. otherwise you are going to wrap a few anchors and lines and you will spend less time bulldogging when you have fish around you begging to take the fly again.
We went for a drive on Saturday to Hoodport and did not see a lot of fish.
We were there from 9:00AM till 2Pm and not much other than a small school that came in and few people hooked into.
More boaters than shore fisherman.
The kings and Pinks should be in this weekend with good number.
The Indians supposedly netted around 50 fish on Thursday.