5 wt for pinks?

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#16
Ah hell, fish what you've got. Set the drag right and work your magic. Not that many beaches present the type of structure you have to worry about for hangups and snags for breaking off fish, unlike river sections often present. Bigger may be better, easier to control the fish, easier to work with what mother nature gave you, easier to get a few feet further to that pod of baitfish getting balled up and blasted by the fish below and birds above, but fish what you've got and have a blast. Then post a report with fish porn and cool lies like the rest of us.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#17
Ah hell, fish what you've got. Set the drag right and work your magic. Not that many beaches present the type of structure you have to worry about for hangups and snags for breaking off fish, unlike river sections often present. Bigger may be better, easier to control the fish, easier to work with what mother nature gave you, easier to get a few feet further to that pod of baitfish getting balled up and blasted by the fish below and birds above, but fish what you've got and have a blast. Then post a report with fish porn and cool lies like the rest of us.
Yep.

The 5 weight will do it, in the salt. Even though it won't be an optimum stick, if you can't afford a new rod it will work.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#18
Someone I trust told me just about that exact quote some time ago. I wrote it down. Thanks for that advice then Richard, and your ongoing advice too.
 

Connor H

Bobbers n Beadz
#19
I will bring my 6 weight with a floater and an 8 weight with an intermediate tip and streamers. I do plan on catching a fish or 2 on a pink gurgler!!!
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#20
I use a 7 for kodiak pinks its pretty perfect, although kodiak pinks average 4.5 pounds and are spooky so you have to make long casts with long leaders to cruisers, only place I'll actually fish for pinks.
 
#21
My granddad, a wise fellow who did most of his trout fishing with a beatiful cane Heddon Black Beauty, used to say, "In the Pacific Northwest we tend to underdress the weather and overfish our tackle."
I'm all in favor of fishing a 5-weight for trout, even juvenile coho in the winter. However, Lefty Kreh was presiding over a lunch table at a Denver trade show where I was fortunate enough to be seated at and said, "It is always a mistake to use a 9-weight rod when you are fishing for 12-weight fish." In my view Lefty's wisdom really applies to all fish/rod situations. being discussed here.
Les