5wt vs 4wt

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by husker12181, May 13, 2008.

  1. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Messages:
    2,051
    Likes Received:
    53
    Location:
    Washington
    Comprimise and buy a Fast 4 WT or a Med action 5 wt. The 5 wt will be cheaper.
     
  2. hendersonbaylocal

    hendersonbaylocal Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2005
    Messages:
    971
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Seattle WA
    I said five weight because in my opinion it is the most versatile rod out there. I started with an 8, then picked up a 9'6" 5wt TFO pro which is sort of a medium fast action and works well for pretty much everything. I have fished everything from dries to big streamers for cutthroat to big leeches on bigger rivers for summer steelies. It is a damn good all round rod. Of course, I have the disease, so now I have a 3,4,5,6,8 and spey and switch rods. If I had to get rid of all my other light rods to just keep one it would be the 5.
     
  3. Sloan Craven

    Sloan Craven Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    2,472
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    NoSho, ma
    Great advice. A fast or very fast 4 wt and a med action 5 wt can be about the same.

    But I really don't think you're going to regret getting either one. They both can be great all around trout rods.
     
  4. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2004
    Messages:
    3,223
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    Eagle River, Alaska
    5 wt no question
     
  5. Steven Green

    Steven Green Hood Canal Pirate

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    517
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Poulsbo, Washington
    iagree

    I use a 4 for trout most of the time. I have a 6 but I mostly use it for salt.

    Steven
     
  6. WaFlyCaster

    WaFlyCaster Tricoptera

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2004
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Fife, WA
    IMO..the 5wt is better suited for all around PNW streams and lakes... more versatility for whatever you may run into. Like someone else posted above i also like to do the every other size thing... i have a 5,7,and 9wt... guess my next rod will be a 3wt for those smaller streams and apline lakes.
     
  7. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Messages:
    2,639
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Issaquah, WA
    Home Page:
    have you bought one yet?

    the 5wt is much more effective tool for a variety of reasons
    streamers, nymphs, wind, long cast, power, mending, sink lines & still water
    they are also great dry fly fishing

    the 5wt will do the fishing ideal for a 4wt
    but the 4wt can't handle the work needed of a 5wt

    i would even suggest you look into a 9ft 6in 5wt

    as suggested above, you can get a 5wt with 4wt finesse
    such as the winston b2x or a scott g2, Loop Opti
    i own a b2x, but now prefer my sage rods

    if i could buy any 5wt, it woudl be down to 2 rods
    1. Orvis Helios
    2. Winston B2mx

    here is a suggestion: check out the gear program on wff.com and try a couple rods out
     
  8. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,340
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA
    A 5wt will fish more waters/conditons effectively but if you're mostly going to fish small rivers/creeks than a 4wt would be a lot more fun to have. But the 5 may be the best to get out of the blocks and it'll be just a matter of time before you get a 4wt (and others as you never have the right rod for the conditions you'll eventually encounter somewhere or you'll target a new species. You always need yet another rod....it's a weakness).
     
  9. rattlesnakeflyguy

    rattlesnakeflyguy Harrison

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    378
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    E34
    I have 3WT and 5WT and they work great! 5WT is simply an amazing all around rod...I would definately go with the 5WT, IMO. The 3WT is sweet for smaller fish up around the MFS and fishing the Pratt and Taylor Rivers and lowland lakes. The 5 is even sufficient enough when it comes to saltwater SRCs, which is nice. I'm not a fan of that 6WT stuff for smaller trout 10-15." Just my .02! Good luck bud!! :thumb:

    rattlesnakeflyguy
     
  10. husker12181

    husker12181 The strong silent type

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Issaquah, WA
    I tried out a FLI 5wt and really liked it but I also used a VT2 and I have been having a hard time deciding between the two I am paying close attention to the FLI thread. It’s more of if I get the FLI I can spend more on the reel so I was thinking of heading that route. We will see...

    I don't think I want to go longer then a 9ft rod since I mainly wade fish rivers where the trees like to hang over the shore I was even considering a 8ft 6in.

    I will be picking up a 5wt but now have to decide how much I want to spend and what I want to buy. That $600 tax stimulus check will come in handy.
     
  11. ShuksanRodCo.

    ShuksanRodCo. New Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    I'm not sure if there are any opportunties of this sort available for graphite rods, but my personal rod which I use is a bamboo 2 piece/2 tip 4 or 5 wt. I made one tip a 4 wt dry fly tip, and on the second tip beefed it up a little making it suitable for a 5 wt line and able to play a little stronger fish or throw heavier bugs.

    I would imagine some graphite companies offer something like this. It makes a rod that much more versatile.

    -jw

    http://shuksanrods.wordpress.com
     
  12. mrpunkin

    mrpunkin Bryan Corey

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Battle Ground, WA
    I have a faster graphite 4 and a medium-slow 7 and love them as my two rods. I would however love to fill in all the gaps obviously, but you know how the money thing goes.
     
  13. William Wallace

    William Wallace Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    628
    Likes Received:
    222
    Location:
    Chesterton IN
    My two cents are just as most of the others. I have lots of rods and some I am trying to sell. My main choice is a 10' 5wt TFO. I also have a TFO 9.5' 5wt (for sale) which I do love. It hooked me a 6lb chinook on the Yak and played it darn well. The five weight seems to be more versitle. I can put a four on it to be delicate or hit a six clouser to punch into the canyon winds. It allows me to fish a 22 trico to a #4 bead head stone. I like the length of the 10' for mending and high stickin'. I have even used the 5wt for low water steelhead with a caddis skating on the surface. Talk about crap your pants when it rises. When it comes to smaller streams than out comes the 3wt. Again I could step that up to a 4wt if needed. So why go for a 4wt.

    William