03-26-2012, 07:46 AM
Re: Cabela's CGR
what should a rod be able to handle? That is an excellent question and one I ask myself occasionally. I think that you can land a lot of fish on a small rod, however, you would have to wear out the big ones in order to land them on the lighter rods. If you fish C&R, then you don't want to use light rods for bigger fish. If you keep them to cook, then theroretically you could. Would there be a fish you could not land on a 3 wt, of course there is, but I am thinking it would have to be a pretty good sized fish.
I think the size of the fish you can catch and land on a rod is more dependent on the size of the tippet, how much drag you have set on the reel, and how much line is in the water (line in water adding friction when the fish turns, runs, etc which could cause the tippet to break)).
So, my question, relating to yours is, just exactly what is that number?
For an average 3 wt - what is the breaking strength of the rod? I am guessing, assuming you are handling the rod correctly and not putting a 180 degree bend in it, using side pressure, etc, that the number is 5 or 6 lbs, which I would consider a nice sized trout or bass. you also have to consider how much force a 5 or 6 lb fish can put on a rod while swimming - i.e. does a 5 lb fish put 5 lbs of pressure on a fly rod while swimming?
I saw a video once where Tim Rajeff put like 6 lbs of straight up pull on a 3 wt before it snapped - he was bending the rod at 180 degrees and pulling straight up on it.
So, if I'm correct, you can probably use your 3 weight in the water you describe - again, this is assuming you don't care if you tire the fish out or not, because with a lighter rod, you are going to have to play him longer and (from what I have read and understand) the longer you play him, the more he wears out and sucks in bad stuff (lactate and etc), and the less likely he will survive if released.
So the question on how big a fish you can catch will have a different answer then how big a fish you "should" catch on a 3wt if you are planning on releasing the fish.
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