What is your go to rod in the salt?

Ed Call

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I have been using my freshwater starter 5wt for SRC and an 8wt lamiglas my father in law gave me. I have been wondering if I should consider a new rod that can handle most species in the salt, plus steelhead. What would your go to rod be? Would a 7wt like a TiCR handle steelhead, coho, chinook, chum and sea runs? My 8wt is two piece, I have a spare tip and an interchangable head line and extra spools. Should I just stick to that setup and keep my cash for something else? Thanks for your input, I've had a 6wt and 7wt saltwater rod in my hand a lot lately in the stores, but have been successful in walking away (a tough task for me).
I'm about to unsuccessfully walk away I think. I'm probably going to get caught on an Echo Classic 9' 6 wt. Its a great pattern for the discerning fly fisher on a budget. Catches a bunch when the rivers are high and the fisherman are milling around dreaming about monster fish.

Ethan G.

I do science.. on fish..
9' 6wt. TFO TiCr-X is my go-to beach rod. Probably because it's my only beach rod... It handles just about everything the seas around here can throw at you, with the exception of Chinook, probably. I just lined up my Sage 8 wt. as well and I am eagerly looking forward to getting some nice salmon on it in a few days.

Go Fish

Language, its a virus
9 1/2 6 weight Sage RPL.... good backbone with a soft tip. I have caught everything
on this stick (15# chummies) David

Ed Call

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It seems like most of you are using 6wt, I have thought the 8wt was a bit too stout. I have connected with kings on the 8wt though, which tests me a lot, maybe not the rod. I have caught silvers on the 5wt, some of which made for a long fight on that rod. I'm just torn between using the 5 or 8, getting a 7 or getting a 6. Thanks for the input...I'm still on the fencepost. I also like the possibility of going longer, many make 9 1/2 footers or even 10 footers that may aid in beach clearance and casting distance.
I also fish a 6wt in the salt but with what you have you could get by without another rod(I am not an advocate of this 99% of the time). Match up your rod to what you are targeting and the 8wt should serve you well.Especially if you can cast both rods a long ways then you are set.

5wt for residents, and cutts.
8wt for the fall once the salmon show up and steelhead.

I fish my 6wt for summer steel but could just as easily use an 8wt and know plenty of people who do.
Save your money, unless you would just waste it on other junk, in which case buy a new rod. :)


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A TFO TICR 6wt.with a floating and clear int line. and a T&T Horizon 8wt. with shooting head system, floater, intermediate and sinking lines type 3-6.


Team Infidel
I use a 4 piece 10' 6wt. Loomis Native Run GLX with a Nautilus 6/7 NV and a Rio clear intermediate shooting head. It will cast a long line and handle big fish.

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