Best weight rod for South Fork of the Snoqualmie?


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Most of the Fly fishing I have done has been on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie river. I havent been fishing that long and I have used a 5wt. Im thinking about getting a 3wt or even a 2wt. I like the smaller water. Im just wondering if I should stick to the 5wt or go smaller? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks Jason
If you haven't been fishing long, and are looking for a second rod, I'd recommend a 3-wt, over a 2-wt, simply because it will be more versatile. Don't buy a 'fast' action rod; a small fish on a relatively soft 3-wt will feel great. You might consider fiberglass (then, maybe in a 4-wt); they make great small stream rods.
Anything 4wt and under would be great. If you're only going to spring for one rod, then I'd go with a 3wt or 4wt so if you find where the brookies are, you'll also be able cast a little streamer for them to slam too. :) You'll also have some flexibility to nymph if need be...


Joe Streamer
I was going to write almost exactly what Dick wrote (and Dave's advice is close too): If graphite, get a 3wt (7'6"-8'0"). If cane or glass, get a 4wt. My favorite rods for that river are both glass - a Steffen 8'0" 3/4 wt (I use a gentle WF4 line on that rod) and a 7'5" 4wt Wojnicki. I use the former for the lower reaches and the latter for the slightly smaller water higher up.


My name is Mark Oberg
There's a glass Hardy 3wt in the classified's. Pair it with the heddon 300 in the classic rods forum and have fun.
Honestly, I'd give a glass rod a try. Mega fun on small trout. You can get a Cabelas Glass Rod for like $150 and there sweet. I have two and have no complaints. The 5' 9" 3 weight is a sweet rod for small streams, although it casts 40' or so max.

If you looking for something more versatile I'd get a longer graphite rod like the Orvis Superfine, Sage TXL-F or Sage Circa, Redington Classic Trout, etc.
My go to rod on the forks of the Sno is a 3wt. In the past this was my St Croix Avid. However now that I have a LL 379 it will now be the weapon of choice.

Thing I like about a 3 wt is it still has enough back bone to chuck nymphs.

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What they all said. I use a 389ll of a 376 superfine touch on all three of the forks. I was eyeing that hardy stream that is in the classifieds right now. I can't think of a rod that would be better suited to fishing the SF. I prefer using a 3 weight just in case I want to drift a nymph through one of the deeper holes.

Kent Lufkin

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I just got back last night from my daughter's college graduation and am catching up on email and the web. I cringed a bit when I saw this thread, figuring it'd be full of the usual advice to 'get the rod I bought'. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to read so many thoughtful posts and shared wisdom.

I'm a bit unclear whether you already have a rod or not? If you own a 5wt, then I'd recommend skipping a weight when you buy your next rod and go for the 3wt instead of a 4wt or 2wt.

Why? The 4wt will be so close in feel to the 5wt that the difference will be minimal between them. A 2wt or lighter will be so different to your new casting stroke, that changing between them might be a bit overwhelming, especially on windy days when ultra light line rods will struggle.

If you don't already have a rod and you do plan to fish smaller water, I'd suggest starting out with a 4wt.

Why? A 4wt is light enough to provide good 'feel' when playing smaller fish, yet has enough backbone to handle larger ones as well as wind. Over the years, I've owned many dozens of rods (I still have over 20). I fish almost exclusively for trout on lakes and small streams and my all-time favorite graphite rod is a 4wt.