Re: How Light Can You Go
I use to fish for trout in small streams in Alaska with a 4 weight rod and got into several reds and silver salmon with the rig. It seemed like most of these salmon stayed in the same pool as I hooked them and I was generally able to land them. A 6weight rod is probably a better choice on these streams to be able to land salmon sooner rather than later, assuming you want to release them. On bigger rivers, like the Kenai, I used a 6 weight rod for trout and had some wild fights with salmon. I switched to a 7 weight for trout in the Kenai just to have something bigger for salmon and larger trout. I used an 8 weight if I was targeting reds and silvers. I used a 7 or 8 weight for steelhead so I didn't tire them out too much before landing them. Lastly, I used a 10 weight for king salmon - and sometimes it seemed a little wispy ... a decent sized king salmon is difficult to stop when it heads down river.