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Old 11-05-2013, 06:11 PM
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Default 7 weight rod

I already have a 5 weight for trout but im looking for a rod that can do multiple species. Do you guys think a 7 weight can handle bass, pike, and steelhead. Whats your opinion?
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

I started a similar thread last week The majority suggested an 8WT. Welcome to the forum.
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

IMO, it depends on where, how you're fishing & how big the fish are whether or not a 7 wt will fit the situation. There's many variables that could make it the right or wrong rod weight to use for any of those species. Of course the specific rod can make a difference too. Not all 7 weights will be designed the same or cast the same. Any rod has it's limitations & will always be a compromise, particularly when it's for multiple species. It will certainly work for those species & others, but again it gets back to the many variables that you might encounter. It will handle those species, but not necessarily all individual fish within those species or all conditions you might find when chasing any of those species. Of course the only way to find out for sure is try it!
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

bigjim gave some pretty sound advise. Not all 7wts are created equal, so it somewhat depends on which particular model you're on the hunt for. Also where you're fishing. What's also important is what size flies and what kind of flies you're typically using. If you're throwing larger streamers, then the heavier line of an 8wt may help manage the heavier payload of the flies.

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Default Re: 7 weight rod

as someone already stated, when shopping for my big fish rod, i went with 8wt
if you already have 5, i'd go with 8wt

i already had 3wt, 4wt & 5wt, and wanted something for Pike, Muskie Carp, Lake trout, and hopefully i can do trips for some Steelhead.
i went with 8 wt, (Sage Response) and have thrown some very large flies with it, and it handled them like a champ
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

If you want a 7wt and nothing but a 7wt. I suggest you try the Redington Predator and the new Redington Vapen. I used the Predator prior to the Vapen and I can attest that they will throw whatever you have at the end of your tippet. Powerful, fast and economically priced.

Note: Get a line with 1/2 weight or a full weight heavier.
I still have my eyes on the Predator just incase they priced it down.
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

Good advice so far. I've got a moderatection Orvis eight weight that will spilt the difference in the classifieds if you're interested.
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

Welcome aboard ! You'll find almost as many opinions as there are members, when it comes to rod selection. My prefrence for bigger species and " big water " is an 8wt. I tend to use lighter tackle most of the time, but when it's very windy, or I fish where I can expect larger fish, the 9' rod in 8wt gets the call.
You will eventually want one of every size, weight, and length anyway. It's a sickness for which there is no known cure. Enjoy !
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Default Re: 7 weight rod

I tend to agree with the recommendation of an 8wt. I use mine when throwing bigger flies for smallmouth and largemouth bass. I have also used it for pike fishing on those rare occassions. I don't fish for steelhead but have a couple of buddies who make a couple of trips to the Brule in northern MN and both of them use 10' 8wts. They have recently moved to using an 11' 8wt switch rod.

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Default Re: 7 weight rod

Why not a rod in ever line wt. I like my 7's sage xl and st croix 7 wt freshwater I have a 8'3" 8 wt echo for bass
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