Ideal Rod Lineup


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Here's mine, based mostly on my current quiver with a few new ones thrown in:
Single handed-
3wt for trout and panfish. 8 or 8.5' since even for little creeks I still want a rod that can reach. Mostly a dry line rod.
4wt for trout. This rod might be primarily a floater, but also can sling a skagit head for streamers.
5wt #1 for trout. This rod will be the bobber rod for lakes, but could also see some type 3 or type 6 work.
5wt #2 for SRC and river trout. This rod will have a Commando Smooth for SRC at the beach and swinging streamers at the river.
6wt #1 for trout. This rod will be the SRC beach rod when the wind is blowing. Might have a Skagit head, maybe just a WF floater or intermediate. Also the overall nymph rod.
6wt #2 for small bass. Will cast small poppers for bass under 2 or 3 lbs. This one can be ugly. ;)
7wt for big bass, carp, steelhead & salmon. Love firing a Skagit head on my current 7 wt.
8wt for salmon. gotta have the meat rod.

2 handers-
3wt switch for trout spey. One line for swinging, one line for nymphing.
7wt switch for steelhead.
8wt spey for steelhead & salmon.

So this would mean the following new rods for me:
5wt #2
6wt #2
3wt switch
8wt spey

Which one should I grab 1st?


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I'm currently in the process of re-building the line up.
Went with:
8' 3wt
9' 4wt (dries, stocker lake fish)
8'6 5wt (bigger dry flies, go to raft rod)
9' 5wt (I like have 3 rods rigged up in the raft, this is the one that get's something standard rigged up to it)
10' 5wt (nymphing and lakes)
9'6" 6wt (streamers and SRC)
10' 7wt (bass rod, doubles for bigger streamers, small salmon, backup saltwater boat rod)
10' 8wt (dirty dirty nymphing for steel and big bass bugs)

12'6" 6wt two hander
13' 7wt two hander
13'6 8wt two hander
14' 9wt two hander

Had a 12'8" 8wt that I absolutely loved that I broke, I'm thinking that will be the last addition to the quiver for a while.

Wishing I went with 9 footers on the 7 and 8 wt. Contrary to the screen name, I'm not the biggest fan of longer rods. They have some utility, but they just don't like wind, and I would much rather throw a 9' rod than a 10' rod. And I'm fishing from a boat or raft 99% of the time now, so they don't have as much benefit as I'd like.

David Loy

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Jake mentioned inspiration to get a 8’6” 6wt. Other similar threads revolve around “if I could have only one”. My answer to that crazy thought finally came like a bolt of light out of the blue. So I ordered an Epic 686 built SW safe, the last rod in my list and the one I’ll take to the hereafter. Obviously not perfect for everything or everyone, but it covers the bags nicely. Big enough for anything I fish for but lively enough for the small ones.


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I could probably get by with 4 fly rods with the type of fishing I do.

Lake/River Trout 9 foot 4wt and 5wt
Searun Cutts and Coho 9' 6" 5wt and 6wt

For a lot of my Steelhead, I kind of fish conventional and center pin rods, since my buddy and I hang out together on the rivers.

Denny Wagenman

Active Member
quite a variety of weights in rods. I really wonder if one would put tape around a 4 and 5 weight, or a 3 and 4 weight. if one would really be able to tell the difference. I have made 3,4,6,7 wt rods and 95% of my rod usage is a 4 wt. I mostly fish for trout and a few times for pinks which i use the 7wt.


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Below is all the rods I've purchased, in order, over about 20 years.

9' 6wt
9' 6wt
8' 4wt
9' 8wt
9' 5wt
9' 6wt
9' 6wt
8'9" 5wt
8'6" 5wt
10' 3wt

They've all been sold, except for the 10' 3wt and the 8'9" 5wt. The 5wt will probably be replaced with another 10' 3wt, within the next year. I really like euro rods that try to be a bit more general purpose; the versatility is unmatched and they allow me to use one rod for all of my trout fishing. The minimalism of that is appealing to me. I have been through the gear hoarding phase and I now like the challenge of trying to be minimalist in every area I can; rods, reels, lines, materials, etc.
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If I were rebuilding the lineup today I would probably aim for:
  • A true 2wt for use on alpine tarns and small cricks where smaller fish 6-8 inchers. I have a little TFO 2 now, but it feels like it needs a heavier line.
  • Two 9’ 4wts. Most of my fishing now, actually all of it the last two years, is from a float tube or pontoon. Two rods allow me to have two different set-ups ready at hand. In 4's I currently fish an Echo Carbon XL, an older Sage, a vintage Loomis and a little Redington Traveller. If money were no object, I would still go with the Echo. Twice.
  • Two 9' 6 wts for the same reason cited for the 4wts. These would be used in waters with larger trout so they could be brought quickly to hand. One would be a “light” 6, the other a bit more stout. I generally use a Redington CT and another Carbon XL. I'm happy with both. They aren't too fast, neither am I.
  • For nostalgia purposes I would buy a 9' 9 weight. I'm 73, both shoulders are a mess and in need of repair, my knees are yipping and a hip is starting to make itself known. But we live in salmon country and I had some great years working tidewater and just above for fresh salmon to 36 pounds. I like to think that I'll do it at least one more time, even though I know one fish will cripple me for months. But....there is that incredible moment when you hook a big chinook. You do a hard hook set and the rod tip doesn't move. Then it dips a bit, just a couple of inches, once, twice, while the fish ponders whether there's a problem. Two, three, four seconds pass, and then the river EXPLODES! God, what a rush!
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there is that incredible moment when you hook a big chinook. You do a hard hook set and the rod tip doesn't move. Then it dips a bit, just a couple of inches, once, twice, while the fish ponders whether there's a problem. Two, three, four seconds pass, and then the river EXPLODES! God, what a rush!
That is an awesome capture of the feeling.

Joe J

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Current quiver as follows

7' 3wt for small streams
9' 5wt fast action for medium rivers, streamers, sea runs
9' 6wt 6 piece travel rod
10' 7wt single hand summer steel, large dollies
9' 8wt winter steel, multi salmon species
12'6" 8wt two hander winter steel

Likely additions 10' 3wt euro nymph rod, 7wt two hander


Huge Fly Guy
I fish for similarly sized fish (with perhaps the exception of tiger muskies) and my basic lineup looks like this (the most used rods in my current quiver)

Medium action (fast for glass) 5/6 for all trout needs--even little ones

3 7wts (slow, med, fast) for everything from smallies to surf perch to trout streamers to steelhead

2 8wts (med and fast) primarily for steelhead

4 10wts (slow, med, fast) for tigers and if I fished for kings, I'd use these rather than a 9wt

I also regularly use a 12wt as well, but it doesn't sound like you target anything that would require one.

If you fish a lot for trout, you could toss in a 3wt euro rod as well.



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Mine has been through all sorts of evolution, right now it's a little out of whack but it still works and I put up plenty of fish. I mostly fish trout and steelhead but occasionally wander a tropical beach with a beer.

Single handers:
  • 6'9" TFO Finnesse 1wt - the dink rod, and about as much fun as you can have with your pants on.
  • 9' Redington Hydrogen 3wt - dry/dropper and light nymph rigs
  • 8'6" TFO Pro 4wt - daily dry fly/soft hackle driver, has caught more fish than all my other rods combined
  • 10'6" Echo Shadow II 4wt - euro rod, also used for bobber lobbing
  • 8' Epic Glass 5wt - a stonefly and hopper fishing machine, fishes like a 6wt, wish it was a touch longer
  • 10' Sage ZAxis 6wt - streamers, double nymph rigs, single hand spey
  • 9' TFO BVK 8wt - big streamers and light beach fishing in Mexico, Florida

Two handers:
  • ACR Nova 3wt 11'4" - trout spey soft hackles, small streamers, half-pounder steelhead on dry line
  • ACR GFR 5wt 12'5" - summer steelhead
  • Echo E3 6wt 11'0" - summer steelhead switch rod for smaller water, responsible for most of my steelhead on the swing but also the rod I have fished the most/owned the longest
  • No-name 7wt 11'0" - coastal steelhead on brushy streams

Things I would remove from the quiver:
  • I have not fished the BVK in over a year, largely due to no air travel/COVID. No sense in getting rid of it yet, but I might soon.
  • I would rather have a 2-3wt glass rod than the 1wt Finnesse because they roll cast better, but I probably won't sell the TFO, just add a glass.
  • If I continue to fish coastal steelhead, I will update the 7wt switch to something a little nicer and maybe 6 or 8" longer, but the current rod casts fine with the lins I have and since I rarely catch fish anyways it doesn't matter.
Things I would add:
  • I really want a Scott F2 7' 3wt glass rod but it's expensive so I will probably build a CTS or buy something less expensive.
  • I need a longer 6-7wt Spey if I intend to continue to steelhead fish on larger rivers, but I mostly find myself drawn to smaller streams so seems like a waste of money. A 11'6"-12' 7wt might be a good eventual compromise.
  • I would love to upgrade my 4wt daily driver but the TFO just feels good in my hand and thus is hard to justify replacing plus that rod is so damn fishy.
  • I probably could use a dedicated 9' streamer rod in 6-7wt but the Zaxis does fine loaded up with a chunky switch line and the extra reach can be useful.
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Still a ways off from ideal but here's what currently have:

4wts - Two cheapo Shakespeare outfits I bought to take kids fishing for bluegill at the local lake
5wt - None, but I should probably add a legit trout rod at some point
6wt - None
7wt - One I bought for bonefish but also use for steelhead/shad/surfperch and potentially bass.
7wt spey - Really need to learn how to cast this thing.
8wt - Think I have 3 (bones, steel, silvers, rockfish, surfperch,........
8/9wt - Primary salmon rod, also useful for same 8wt species
9wt - None, but a definite gap that needs filled.
10wt - Custom built by @veilside180sx. Was my fav but now resting in pieces thanks to a big roosterfish. Very useful weight IMO. Need to replace!
11wt - None but need at least one
12wt - Currently count is 4. Tuna, roosters, jacks, other big tropical stuff, and chinook here at home
13wt - My one and only Sage, and favorite tuna rod
14wt - My hoping for something bigger than albacore rod.
15wt - None yet but vacillating between adding a 15 or 16wt, for larger tuna and/or billfish

Jerry Metcalf

I fish with two rods most days. I like matched pairs, same weight, same model, and I go with multiple spools to change lines. I like the same-ness of the casting, it doesn't seem like I changed a rod. I also tend to stick with a make/model of rod for the same reason. I really stay away from mixing fast and slow rods, it is too jarring a change and screws up my casting - which needs all the help it can get.


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Ideal rod lineup. Ideal for what? Most of my fishing is for steelhead and trout, so most of my fly rods are suited to that kind of fishing.

Until a few years ago the lightest line weight rod(s) I owned were 5 wt, but since then I have two 3 wt rods, only one of which I actually use. So a couple 3 wts, a longer one and a short one in case I want to do some creek fishing. Four or five 5 wts is a reasonable number; it takes a while to decide which rod action you most prefer, and that preference may be subject to change over time. Wouldn't want to experience a shortage of an all-around trout rod. I only have three 6 wts, so I should probably look for another because a 6 is sometimes a lot better suited to certain kinds of trout fishing. I don't often use a single hand 7 wt any more, but I think I have four of them. It's a good idea to have at least one for bonefishing in Mexico. Actually I need a 6, 7, and 8 for bonefishing in Mexico, depending on how windy it is. I used to use a single hand 8 wt as my all around steelhead rod, but almost never use them for that any longer because 2-handed rods are so much fun. Need at least one 8 wt for tropical salt water fishing, so the faster action 4-piece will always remain in the inventory. Still have two or three 9 wts, but haven't used them in years. Not sure 9s are a necessary category any longer. One 10 wt, again for tropical salt water.

The 2-handed group really only needs the 5 and 7 wt Speys, but the 6/7, 7/8, and 9 are good back ups along with a "just in case I want to fly fish for Chinook again."

My line up might not be ideal, but it is serviceable. For now. And subject to change.

Nick Clayton

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I figure I need about the following rods:

Ten or so 6 wts for Puget Sound
One 7 wt for special PS situations
Four 8 wts for chum, rockfish etc
Four 10 wts for musky and lingcod
Four 12 wts for albacore

It just so happens that sums up my collection. Except that I have more than ten 6 wts

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