Re: Small flies on an 8wt
You will be able to fish small flies. Use a longer leader when targeting smaller fish so the larger fly line does not spook the fish.
You have quite a large range for target fish. If you want to fish for chinook salmon on the Lake Michigan feeder streams, an eight weight is under gunned. For the other larger fish you mentioned, you should be good unless you hook a monster of a pike.
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