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Old 08-03-2011, 09:20 AM
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I'm also about ready to pick up a new rod for the fall run off the big lake and wonder what you all prefer for fish larger than 15 inches. It will be a Legend Elite, 9 ft in one of the above sizes. Ocassionally, I might try for Northern Pike with it.
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Personal preference I guess..

for 15" fish.. a #6 is more than enough.. if that's the biggest fish, I'd even use my #4. Pike.. could change that equation.. depending on how big they get there. In a lake, I'd also use a 10'.. but again.. personal preferance

I use to use a #6 for Steelhead up to 30".. and only went to a #8 to flip over the bigger nymphs easier, and I think it stresses the fish a little less, but the #6 never had any issuse
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Default Re: 7, 8, or 9 wt.

Not sure what to recommend here, I've never fished for Pike. But for fish over 15" you do not need to go as heavy as a 7wt or up. I've handled fish to 28" with as little as a 5wt or a 6wt. The only reason I use a 7wt now is because of the large weighted streamers I usually fish. The rod is heavier than needed for the fish but necessary for the flies. If you plan to use large heavy flies then a 7wt would be a good choice.
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I just bought an 8wt and my first target is going to be carp, followed by steelhead and salmon, all hopefully well over 15". I landed a redfish around 16-17" on my dad's 6wt and I know that the rod had more than enough backbone for that fight, as I still felt like the rod was overkill. Though my experience is limited, I would second Davo's sentiments.
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This is one of the carps that I caught with a 5 wt rod. Yes, that is my first bass pro shop tempfork series rod that I got a while ago. I caught about 60 carps during that summer, and the rod hold fish really well. And lots of guys who have been fishing carps are using 5 and 6 here as well.


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Default Re: 7, 8, or 9 wt.

Thanks for the replies. I was in a hurry this morning when I posted. I would be fishing streamers and wets with a weighted line, and I would be targeting fish over 25 inches on rivers here in Michigan's U.P. Once I retire, I'll have tons of time to enjoy.
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Not to hijack the thread, but Ttroutbum, what kinda fly were you throwing at carp to haul in 60 over the summer? A variety or usually the same fly?

And Rockriver, good luck on the rod selection! Inevitably, as soon as you buy it, no matter what size you pick, you'll want another in another size. The moment after I bought the 8wt I started thinking about the 12wt I wanted next.
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There are several flies but one of the flies that worked for me was this.

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Thanks for the replies. I was in a hurry this morning when I posted. I would be fishing streamers and wets with a weighted line, and I would be targeting fish over 25 inches on rivers here in Michigan's U.P. Once I retire, I'll have tons of time to enjoy.
Lake Superior steelhead do not get huge but are feisty. 7wt should suffice for rivers like the Two Hearted and Yellow Dog etc. If you will be fishing The Rapids(Soo) I would recommend an 8wt due to heavier flow and the chance for Atlantic Salmon. Use your 6wt for pink salmon(you need to take a drive to Garden River north of the Soo or in the Soo rapids).

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Thanks for the replies. I was in a hurry this morning when I posted. I would be fishing streamers and wets with a weighted line, and I would be targeting fish over 25 inches on rivers here in Michigan's U.P. Once I retire, I'll have tons of time to enjoy.
Also you should consider a 10wt for Taquamonon(spelling?) river musky!
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Lake Superior steelhead do not get huge but are feisty. 7wt should suffice for rivers like the Two Hearted and Yellow Dog etc. If you will be fishing The Rapids(Soo) I would recommend an 8wt due to heavier flow and the chance for Atlantic Salmon. Use your 6wt for pink salmon(you need to take a drive to Garden River north of the Soo or in the Soo rapids).[COLOR="Silver"]

Also you should consider a 10wt for Taquamonon(spelling?) river musky!
Thank you. The Two Hearted and Yellow Dog are 2 of my favorites.
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