Re: correct reel and rod wt for reds need help pls!
Peterjay above stated that every rod is different and this is not to be minimized. I have a 7wt that I have overlined with an 8 and IMHO has as much or more backbone as many 9wt rods. (not all) The main advantage of a 9wt for me is it's ability handle a little more wind. Each rod must be evaluated on it's own merits. Backbone in a salt rod is in many cases important. It helps push a line into the wind and allows one to lay into a fish if it is really needed.