Re: Not sure if anybody has tried this??
Having fished in your vicinity much of my life I can say that I have successfully used an 8 wt with a floating line and different leaders for quite a variety of situations from trout to Bass to Bluegills and Carp as well as Shad , Stripers , bluefish and flounder and it handled all these fish and the varied waters they live in.
Is this the way I fish on a regular basis? No. I use everything from a 4 wt up to a 12 wt . And I use different reels and lines as well. But a 7/8 will handle many situations in your area and it can be a productive setup. It's really up to you and what your looking to get out of your fishing time!
A 12inch trout or an 8 inch Bluegill are much more fun on a 5wt as opposed to a heavier rod . Like I said all depends on what you want from the experience!
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