I only have one 5wt and it's been getting some use in the Sound. It's a TFO Jim Teeny 9ft with a fighting butt and I didn't like it at all until I overlined it with 6WF, now I love it.
A vastly underrated dry fly rod! The sweetest, straightest-casting dry fly rod I've ever used. The downside comes after you hook a "hog" that has some fast water to race into. Then, you will be reminded of the Circa's skinny butt section.Sage Circa 589, IMHO, is really sweet casting.
What is Rio Gold weight on your 5wt Zenith? Is it 6wt?I usually use 4 weights these days, but this past weekend was the start of the trout season in Wisconsin. I wanted to toss some conehead wooley buggers, so took my Hardy Zenith 9' 5 weight. I had received good advice on the right line for this rod (Rio Gold) and it cast both those big streamers and smaller nymphs like a dream, at least until the guides iced up, which happened every 5 or 6 casts.
But it is really made for dry flies, and works spectacularly for that. I think it won the Yellowstone Anglers 5 weight shootout several years ago.
No, I use the 5-wt line. Since Rio Gold is already a half line weight (or maybe a bit more) heavy, I didn't feel I needed to overline it more than that. As it is, the rod casts great (for me) with a 5-weight Rio Gold.What is Rio Gold weight on your 5wt Zenith? Is it 6wt?
I have Rio Gold 6wt.No, I use the 5-wt line. Since Rio Gold is already a half line weight (or maybe a bit more) heavy, I didn't feel I needed to overline it more than that. As it is, the rod casts great (for me) with a 5-weight Rio Gold.
You'll find several other lines similarly "untrue" to weight. Sometimes the fly line web sites will tell you this, sometimes only will give the grain weight, and you have to compare against the AFTMA standards for line weight.I have Rio Gold 6wt.
But my rod is Hardy Demon 9ft 5wt and it is heavier than you Zenith. Your Zenith is much better rod.
I wish I knew that Rio is not true to weight. I will ask more questions when buying next line from Rio or Orvis.