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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