Muskie rod advice

WA-Fly

Active Member
So I'm curious about the jump between a 9 and 10wt when it comes to fishing for muskie. I'm looking at rods and was leaning more towards a 9wt because it would double as a rod for big largemouth, but I feel like a 10wt may be when it becomes too much overkill for bass. But does a 10wt offer that much more advantage for muskie?
 

Bob Newman

Active Member
Think about the size of fly you will be casting, that will be the difference. Bigger heavier flies heavier rod. I know Randall use as light as an eight but he ties flies appropriate for the fly size. I have caught pike to 54 inches on a eight weight, but I was only fishing a size 4 clouser.
 

Randall Clark

Huge Fly Guy
I don't use an 8 (I do utilize a figure 8 though). I tie some of my flies that could be used on an 8 (only because that's what one of my buddies has), but day in and day out I have two 10 wts in my boat. Occasionally I'll throw a 12. If you're getting a dedicated musky rod, I wouldn't go with anything lighter than a 10. Eventually you'll tangle with a fish that you'll be glad you have a 10 and likely be wishing for a 12.

Do a search, I think @dustinchromers did a review a couple of years back on a good number of solid options for musky rods. Just read it over and it will become readily apparent that not all 10 wts are created equal either.

edit: if you're looking for a great budget option, the Redington Predator is super solid. I don't fish one myself, but tons of guys in the midwest (many guides) fish them and swear by them.
 
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I’d go 10wt. The big yak hair flies I’ve cast for muskie were 12-16” long. Rather have the bigger rod. Especially in the wind. Nice to be able to put the brakes on a big fish too when tight to cover. My 10wt gets used for lingcod and big chums too.
 

Mark Koch

Active Member
I started fishing a Sage Payload 8+ this fall with Rio Musky/Pike lines in WF9F and WF9F/I and really like it. Mostly fishing 10" EP patterns with it. This is used on smaller river fish in WI.

For lakes I fish a TFO Esox 10wt with Orvis Depthcharge 350gr, seems to work fine.

If possible, try and cast lots of rods to see what works.
 

Speyrod GB

Active Member
I used an Echo IonXL10wt for fishing tigers. It had plenty of backbone and would cast some really large flies (10- 14 in). As the season goes along, weed growth can also be an issue. There is nothing quite like watching fly line trimming weeds while fighting a nice tiger muskie.
 

WA-Fly

Active Member
I don't use an 8 (I do utilize a figure 8 though). I tie some of my flies that could be used on an 8 (only because that's what one of my buddies has), but day in and day out I have two 10 wts in my boat. Occasionally I'll throw a 12. If you're getting a dedicated musky rod, I wouldn't go with anything lighter than a 10. Eventually you'll tangle with a fish that you'll be glad you have a 10 and likely be wishing for a 12.

Do a search, I think @dustinchromers did a review a couple of years back on a good number of solid options for musky rods. Just read it over and it will become readily apparent that not all 10 wts are created equal either.

edit: if you're looking for a great budget option, the Redington Predator is super solid. I don't fish one myself, but tons of guys in the midwest (many guides) fish them and swear by them.
Greatly appreciated, I got offered to be traded a rainshadow blank home built 9wt for one of my speys. Definitely leaning more towards a 10 now though, I'll have to read that post about the muskie 10wts
 

Randall Clark

Huge Fly Guy
Greatly appreciated, I got offered to be traded a rainshadow blank home built 9wt for one of my speys. Definitely leaning more towards a 10 now though, I'll have to read that post about the muskie 10wts
here it is...

 

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