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Here is the scenario, fishing a brush choked stream with fish 6" to 16" in length, some swift/some slow water. I have two rods, 2wt & 5wt both less than 8' long and lets assume I am a proficient caster and will be casting less than 30 feet. Which rod do you fish with and why?

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Depends on what you will be fishing.. the 5wt will throw streamers and heavy nymphs easier.. you say the water is swift.. the 5wt may be the option to get heavy flies in there so they get down fast... 2wt will probably work better if you are casting small dries during a hatch...

The problem we have here is you haven't told us what type of 2wt and 5wt you have.. if its a medium action 5wt.. you will have no problems casting dries either.. it'll probably be your better option for multiple purpose fly fishng.. while your 2wt really limits you to small nymphs.. wets and dries..
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Hard to say without knowing a few more things like stream fertility and gradient.
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Default Re: 2wt versus 5wt

Neither.
I'm thinking a 7'or 8' medium/medium fast action 4wt that can handle smaller streamers, nymph rigs, soft hackles on the swing, or dries.

If I have to choose one of the two weights your asking about, I'd go with the 5.
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Default Re: 2wt versus 5wt

If I plan to fish dries, likely catching more of the smaller fish I'd go 2wt. As said before, if I think I'll be casting weighted nymphs, indicators, larger dries, or swinging streamers and aiming for larger fish I'd go 5wt. The heavier rod might be nice to keep fish out of snags if it's a brushy stream.
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Default Re: 2wt versus 5wt

Based only on what you have mentioned the 5wt without question. My logic is: while it may be less desirable in some circumstances the 5wt can likely do everything the 2 can and then some. Take a furled leader if you want to throw dries and are worried about presentation of the thicker line.

Other information such as what has been mentioned might make me have a different opinion.
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Default Re: 2wt versus 5wt

I'm tempted to say the 2 wt. cuz I like pushing the limits of gear. Some quality rods 5 wt's are lighter and stronger and faster, If your 5 wt is like this then go with the 5. If it's an older 5wt with bulk. I might go with the 2 wt.
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Good replies all, but Itchmesir hit me with a thought that had not occurred to me. The 5wt gives me more options...Streamers. I have only fished a 5wt 9' super fast rod so my skills are within a narrow range... Bad to worse

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Default Re: 2wt versus 5wt

Ugh. I'd bring em both if I can. I'm a big believer in streamers and bucktails so I fish my 9' 5wt (mid flex) a lot. When it comes to throwing dries and I don't have my 3wt full flex I add on some tippet and say a prayer.
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Default Re: 2wt versus 5wt

5 no doubt if i wanted to give myself the most options. now if im in one of my moods where i say to hell with it im catching them on dries or not at all id fish the two.
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