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Streamer season is upon us here in Bozeman! I have a Cables Fish Eagle II 8'6" 5wt, would that work for streamers? I know thats not an ideal weight, trying to convince my wife how important it is to have at least a 3 and a 7 weight rod is!
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I use my 5-weight for streamer action all the time although my 8-weight seems a bit easier to handle in bigger currents.

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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

Of course it'll work. But if you want to convince the wife differently that's an other matter
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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

A 5 wt. will put you at a major disadvantage ! However you need the 5 for distance with dries. You have to tell her a 6 wt. is a must have item also ! probably 2 , one as a backup. Than you will have a void and it must be filled with the right 4 wt. ! you will need to have a few to find just the right one also

I am surprised with you Scotsman for telling the young man a 5 will do the job when he clearly has to have at least a 6 also.

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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

I throw streamers with a 5 weight all the time. Unless you're consistently throwing big streamers (4 and bigger), you'll be fine. A size 6 bead-headed wooly bugger is one of the three most common flies I throw on my 5 weight.
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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

5wt, can be an all around (at least for VA a 9' 5 or 4wt is fine) for nymphs, dries and streamersódepends on how big those streamers get. If you want to throw bigger streamers specifically, I find a 6 or 7wt (tip flex/ fact action) better for that job.
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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

Thanks for the heads up! Seemed to me like most of the guys in the fly shops were using 7wt rods and throwing big articulated streamers.
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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

I fish streamers on a 5 wt all the time. However......You may want to explain to your wife that there is a reason they make all those different weights, and that you're supposed to have all numbers 1 thru 8 at least. That way, she can have an easy time finding gifts for your birthday, anniversary, father's day, and Christmas.
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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

I guess part of the answer is that it depends on the size of the streamers. I use a 5 for some unweighted or smaller streamers. For some of the bigger dogs, I go with a 7wt.

Also, I'd say you'd want a slightly faster action than what you normally throw.

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I fish streamers on a 5 wt all the time. However......You may want to explain to your wife that there is a reason they make all those different weights, and that you're supposed to have all numbers 1 thru 8 at least. That way, she can have an easy time finding gifts for your birthday, anniversary, father's day, and Christmas.
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IF and when my wife asks why I need different fly rods, the reply is always the same:

For the same reason you need different shoes...for different situations (outfits, whatever).
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Default Re: 5wt for streamers?

what size streamers? i use a fast 4wt to throw everything from dries, nymphs w/ indicators, and streamers...BUT the biggest i will throw is a zoo cougar on it. after i get above that size i just jump up to an 8wt for all the articulated junk

heres the 4wt in action on a local tailwater...using a rio 4wt streamer tip and a #4 zoo cougar.

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