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Looking to do some steelhead fishing. I have a 5 weight rod and was told that it is too light, use at least a 7 weight rod in a 10' length. What about a comination weight rod 6/7, and what about the fly line weight with that combination? Just getting started into steelhead fishing.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 04:44 PM
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Re: rod weight

Yeah your five weight is a bit light 6/7 would work too I would prob go with a 7 wt line I use a 10 ft 7 learned on a 10ft 6 wt

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 02:24 PM
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Re: rod weight

i use a 9wt,11ft rod. i used a 8wt,9ft in the past and the longer rod is better. if i were buying a new rod i would stay between 7-9wt.
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Re: rod weight

I used my 5 weight last year and did ok, the issue is the length of time you have to play the fish. This was in mid February but still. I would look at a decent 8 weight rod.

I like to nymph fish and my 8 weight wasn't cutting it last year, switched to the 5 wt and starting catching fish. I felt bad though as I was fighting a 22" jack some guy was filming me like I had on the state record. I kept yelling it was little but he kept filming.

When he came up to me and looked surprised, I told him I was using a 5 wt.

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Re: rod weight

I have taken thousands upon thousands of lake run steelhead on a 5 wt rod, including fish in excess of 15 pounds. You are not under gunned if you know how to handle them. The key is to let them run when they want to run and use the butt-end of the rod-where the backbone is to fight the fish. Don't haul up high on them, putting a big bow in the rod like I see a lot of guys do and you'll land them quicker, without tiring them out so badly they can't recoup. A lighter rod takes some skill to run on the bigger fish but it can easilly be done. If you try it and feel you can't handle them, go up to a 7 or 8 wt rod, 5-6# tippet and go after them.

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Sent you a pm strutnstuff.

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Re: rod weight

Not saying a 5 wont work cuz it will and does work. A lot depends on how big the water is! If your fishing in Erie's bathtub water streams then they are much more easy to control then in big water like NY has.

7 or 8 wt is what you want for All Trib fishing. Don't mess around with anything less. You will be wasting your time as long as others around you trying to land a big steel or brown on a lighter wt rod that wasn't made to tame and land big fish. 5wt are for normal trout. Using Lt wt rods on steel isn't the best choice. Too hard to turn a head of a blazing 30in steelhead. A big steelhead in big trib waters will test even a 7wt I use a 7 for steel and browns and 9wt for salmon. and the 7 is even hauled over hard on some fresh blazing monsters. Just match your line Wt to your Rod wt. and your good. if anything go one size fly line bigger then your rod wt. Good luck Strutnstuff! Hope you do well!

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Re: rod weight

In the right hands, a good 5wt will get the job done. I have a 9'6" 5wt that I use occasionally for steel in the late winter when the fish fight like wet boots. However, based on my observations, most fisherman don't understand how to apply side pressure to fish and using a light rod such as a 5wt can make this problem much worse, especially earlier in the season when the fish are hot.

I had a custom rod built for me a few years ago that is my primary steel stick, which is an 11' 7wt. IMO, a 9'6" or 10' 7wt is a good all around choice for fishing Erie tribs.
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Re: rod weight

All these fish (from 7-11 pounds) were taken on a 5 wt fly rod and except for the rare keeper for fish patties, released with no issues. These are just the pics I have on my phone. I have probably 250 more on my DSLR card.






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