Hey, do any of you fish primarily or at least somewhat
regularly with ultralight fly rods? I'm referring to 0-4 weight rods.
I was told that a 5-6 is a good general purpose rod, and it definitely is. I like my 6 weight. That said, since much of my fishing is targeted toward panfish and (soon) small stream trout, it seems to me like a 6 weight is probably "doable", but a *bit stiff for some of the lighter tippets....particularly with trout. One guy told me that he wouldn't fish anything lighter than a 5 weight just due to casting distance and wind problems.
Nevertheless, I was curious and decided to get one of those 3 weight combos from cabelas last weekend, and the thing is a blast! I don't notice a tremendous
difference in casting it, though it feels a bit more "wispy". For the distances I cast, which are usually between 30-45 feet....both rods work just fine. Fighting bluegill with it is really a lot of fun, and it seems to absorb shock quite well with my 4-6 pound fluoro level leaders I like to use. Yep, I have some tapered leaders, but I like using just a strip of line....my flies turn over just fine and it's a lot easier this way....so I'm sticking with it. On a side note, though it's probably related more to the taper of the fly line
rather than the weight of the fly line, this 3 weight actually roll casts further and with greater ease than my 6 weight.
Just curious....that's all