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Old 04-09-2013, 06:51 PM
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Hello first time posting so please bare with me, I am looking for a new rod and reel in either a 6 or a 7, I live in nh and I normally fish for bass and maybe sometimes trout in a pond. So my question is should I get a 7wt to be able to throw bigger flies and would that be good for trout also? Or would a 6wt be better. I have done a ton of research online and everything says 7 and then it says 6. Sorry if this has been asked before and probably many times.
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do you own a fly rod already? if not a 6 is a good general purpose first outfit. if you already have something lighter 7 could be fine for bigger flies fish etc.
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first off, welcome taco
a six we be a good fit for both bass and trout.
i would recommend a 9 footer.

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Thank you I have been checking out all the different threads for a few months just never posted anything, currently I do own a fly rod it's just a beginner fly rod scientific angler, 6wt 9ft. It served me well for the past few years but now I want something better. Looking at a tfo pro series rod. I think most of the time I will be fishing for bass out of my kayak but there are some trout ponds and we camp in the mountains so I will be doing some trout fishing. I was thinking the 7 for throwing better flies and also with the wind. I live about 40 seconds from a lake up hear. Just want to make sure i get the best bang for my buck, rather get something that will serve me for everything. I don't think I will be catching huge bass but I have caught some good size with my spinning reel.

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:14 AM
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I agree with the other post that the 6wt will work best for both trout and bass combined. I use a Scott S4 7wt exclusively for bass and also some steelhead but I had no intentions of fishing trout with it. The 6wt is the best choice for your circumstances.
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Agree with the '6 calls' above. At a 7 you're now into light Steelhead fishing.
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I tend to respectfully disagree with many.

First don't like the idea of a "general purpose" rod. Might consider both, buy 2 rods (5 & 7), 1 reel, 2 spools. TFO lower ends rods are really good bargains. Buy a "cheap" reel, I mean $30-40 (look used) as neither of your listed quarry are "drag burners", and you can save your pennies while still fishing for name reels down the line.

I fish for bass most of the year and find a 6wt will leave you wanting. Bass like a mouth full, hair bugs, medium poppers, flashy large streamers and Clousers all will tax a 6wt. Toss in a bit of wind, snags (always where bass lurk) and just it gets worse. 7wt gets a bum rap however a med/fast but not too fast 7 is very versatile . You won't be too "overgunned" for trout but right in there for bass, steelhead and light salt.

The more I fish differing waters I find the 6wt to be the "odd man out", too heavy for tight streams and small flies, too small for most bass/steelhead. 5wt seems to fit the general trout rod with next step starting at 7wt.

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I tend to respectfully disagree with many.

First don't like the idea of a "general purpose" rod. Might consider both, buy 2 rods (5 & 7), 1 reel, 2 spools. TFO lower ends rods are really good bargains. Buy a "cheap" reel, I mean $30-40 (look used) as neither of your listed quarry are "drag burners", and you can save your pennies while still fishing for name reels down the line.

I fish for bass most of the year and find a 6wt will leave you wanting. Bass like a mouth full, hair bugs, medium poppers, flashy large streamers and Clousers all will tax a 6wt. Toss in a bit of wind, snags (always where bass lurk) and just it gets worse. 7wt gets a bum rap however a med/fast but not too fast 7 is very versatile . You won't be too "overgunned" for trout but right in there for bass, steelhead and light salt.

The more I fish differing waters I find the 6wt to be the "odd man out", too heavy for tight streams and small flies, too small for most bass/steelhead. 5wt seems to fit the general trout rod with next step starting at 7wt.

My 1.87 cents.

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Some good points. My 7wt definitely is overgunned for trout but it is a very powerful 7wt. I still think in this instance the 6wt is the right call. Trout on a 7 isn't much fun.
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My money is on the 7wt. I'd rather be overgunned than undergunned.
I recently bought a 7wt rod Z brand while I was waiting for the 7wt line to come in the mail. I put my Rio Gold 5wt line from my 5wt rod on the 7wt rod, just to play around. I never underline or overline before and to my beginner surprise.
The 7wt Z brand, cast the 5wt line delicately in short and longer distance and with precision and with more to offer when needed. Next, I put an 8wt line (overlined it) no problem. Even better. But different rod brands will act differently to under/overlining.
I just think that the 7wt is more versatile than the 6wt, specially if you fish bass more than trout. and yes 7wt is over kill for small trouts.
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Will add a different perspective. Started with a 7wt. , and migrated south.

Today I most often fish a 3, and will rarely fish more than a 5.

My largest bass, was brought home on a 4wt rod 3 wt line.
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