6wt or 7wt for the sound beaches?

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  1. ricklea1953

    ricklea1953 New Member

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    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
     
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    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.
     
  3. Jake Bannon

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    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.

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    7 wieght based on your mentioned targets. The seven will also help you fight that wind a little better.
     
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    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.
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Good choice on the 6.
    Good luck,
    Brian
     
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    ricklea1953 New Member

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    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. Peter Pancho

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    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
     
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    A little late ...uh? :clown:
     
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    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:
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    good choice on the 6wt. and good luck.
     
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    If you fish all year from the beaches, a fast action 6 weight is a better choice, as most of the year the fish you will catch will be 6 weight (or even less!) sized fish. Much of the year you will be catching (hopefully) searun cutts and resident silvers, all very catchable on 6 weight and lower line weight (though I don't advocate that) rods. The 6 has enough 'oomph' to get out a line in reasonable wind, will cast for distance, has power to fight a good-sized fish (assuming you also buy a good salt reel), won't blow out your shoulder after several hours of constant casting, and will turn over typical beach flies.

    A buddy of mine fished the beaches a LOT this year, using his GL3 six weight, and he beached numerous nice coho. He has an 8 weight, and never used it (on coho). Now, when the chums are in, the 8 weight came out (is out), and using a 6 weight for these guys would be like taking a knife to a gun fight . . . :thumb:

    I use an 8 weight when fishing the salt for coho, out at Sekiu/Neah Bay or Tofino. However, for beach fishing the Sound, a 6 weight is perfect. :ray1:
     
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    I should have read the entire thread before I posted my prior response . . . as Stonefish said, good choice on the 6.

    Don't forget to thoroughly rinse (I take a sponge to my rod) and dry your equipment after each use in the salt. Very important if you want to last a long time and function properly!