Re: Is an 8 wt too much rod for smallmouth?
I am not an expert in the matter but here is my 2 cents. I fish for smallmouth quite a bit. I use a tfo 9' 8wt rod and the smallies here have no problem bending it over and running out some line. That's not saying if you catch a smaller fish it will be more rod than you need. I only have an 8wt currently and have caught carp, smallies, largies, and all the panfish available. I usually don't have problem casting larger flies unless you put on a heavy clouser but form my understanding the heavier rod will make it harder to cast smaller flies. I hope someone else jumps on this to be a little more specific but wanted to share my experience with my 8wt.