Originally Posted by woz1844
Fishing in nj. I just got started so I have very limited knowledge of equipment and locations. Just find my way as I go. But this at least gives me a direction. Can you put lighter line on a 7/8 reel?
You can. A lighter line will take up less room on the reel so will require more backing. Backing is a cheap part of all this. The issue you are going to run into is that the lighter line might not load your rod well if it is a 7/8 weight rod. If you have a friend who has a reel with a 6wt or a 5wt line on it you could put it on the rod and give it a try, but probably will be tough to cast it well especially if you are just starting out.
My suggestion is to get a Weight Forward 8wt line for your set-up. Use it for bass and some salt (you'd have to ask someone who knows the species you'd fish for to know if the 8wt would work). I don't know if fishing salt impacts your line choice so I'll leave that to someone else. Then keep your eyes open for a 9' 5wt or 9' 4wt set-up for trout. Don't need to break the bank to get a workable outfit for trout.