Re: correct reel and rod wt for reds need help pls!
An 8 wt or 9 wt would be fine, it just comes down to what feels better to you and finding a good deal.
As far as Bass Pro, a lot of the people who work there are there not because of there knowledge but rather their availability, I'm not saying all the people who work there don't know there stuff but I have met a number who will leave you walking away scratching your head. You would be be better served to get advice from someone you trust about selecting gear.
I use 9 wts and never felt over gunned when fishing for Reds. If I lived in the South I would use an 8 wt most of the time and break out the 9 when I thought I needed it.
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