Jim Wallace· Smells like low tide.
Sounds like I need to quiver up. All I got is my old (stored in the case from Fall 1966 until spring 2002 and in "like new" condition) 8' Fenwick ff80 that has "3 1/2 oz. DT6f-HCH" written on it. Does that mean its a 6 wt? My old reel was stolen from my brother's van, and this Spring I bought a Pfleuger Medalist and some 5 wt. floating line, which seems to work O.K. I'm still piling up the line at times, finding wind knots in my leaders, slapping it all down too hard, etc. but I'm working on my cast and getting better. Though I have big ears, as of yet they remain unpierced! I originally chose this smaller rod because I was hiking into high country lakes and fishing streams for trout. Seems a little small for steelhead, the salt, or windy lakes. I can only afford one other set up, and you would recommend a 9 1/2' 8wt? Would you also recommend a multi-tip line for versatility? I'm also thinking of replacing the line on my current reel with a multi-tip, and I need to know if 6 wt. line is the right stuff for a DT6f-HCH 3 1/2 oz. 8' fiberglass rod, rather than the 5 wt. line I'm using now. Thanks for any advice you might offer.