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Old 02-04-2008, 01:22 PM
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Default Rod/line weight, catch and release and stress

I am thinking of purchasing a 3 weight rod and line to fish for 1.5-4 lb trout, using dry flies and maybe nymphs.

Will a 3 weight rod and line have an impact on the success of catch and release, due to stress on the fish, compared to a 4 weight?

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Old 02-04-2008, 01:32 PM
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Default Re: Rod/line weight, catch and release and stress

I do not think going to a different weight of rod will have much to do with the stress levels of the fish. That will be determined on how you treat the fish once it is hooked. Now you may not have as much control over the fish with the 3 wt., but there will still be plenty of time to carefully and successfully release the fish back into the water. I really like the 3wt., and think it can be a ton of fun for trout!
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Unless you're fishing swift water, you should be able to subdue trout that size fairly quickly with a 3wt. Its more about your fish fighting ability than the rod, honestly.
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Default Re: Rod/line weight, catch and release and stress

I've seen some 3 weights that have more backbone than some 4's, so I don't think that's the issue.

But, what is true is the longer it takes to land a fish the greater the impact will be on the fish. When using lighter rods on bigger fish you can't be worried about losing the fish. You have to be aggressive and bend the rod form the mid section to the butt end. Don't worry, the fish won't break the rod.

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Default Re: Rod/line weight, catch and release and stress

This all makes sense. Probably less important than rod/line weight is tippet size.
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