Re: Small flies on an 8wt
What you lose fishing with an 8wt is the 'fight' once you've hooked the fish, unless you're using really light tippet which is probably unnecessary for bluegills. Getting fish in faster is better for the fish in the long run. Using an 8wt doesn't give you any advantage over a 3wt or 4wt when it comes to catching them (maybe if you're casting on a windy day) but it does let you fish for large fish and with larger flies as well as the bluegills without buying another rod. I own a number of rods in different weights and lengths, so have nothing against using lighter tackle for smaller fish but it isn't necessary.
- William Jensen