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Old 05-18-2017, 06:48 PM
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Default 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

Anyone use a 6wt. as their primary all purpose fly rod?

I sent my 5wt. for a warranty service and the company asked if I'd like a new 6wt. instead so I said sure instead of waiting a full month.

Also, I only have 5wt. floating line; how will that perform on the new 6wt. rod? I'm thinking 5wt. line will land softer on the water for dry flies..will the 6wt rod handle streamers better than the 5wt. rod with 5wt. line if I don't buy 6wt line?

If I do buy new 6wt. line, will it fit on a 4/5wt. reel?
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Default Re: 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

The whole line weight thing really doesn't mean much anymore. A lots of people that have fast action rods go a line wt higher to help load the rod.

Lines today are even marketed to be heavier. For instance the Rio Grand is actually a line weight heavier. So a 5wt Rio Grand line actually has the line weight of a 6wt line. There are tons of lines out marketed this way, its pretty common to go heavier.

Going lighter is less common but there really is no problem with it, it will make a lighter presentation and it might even suite your casting style better, who knows. If you are finding the rod isn't loading as well as you'd like just add in a haul, its said to add 60 grains to the rod load (heard this from a very knowledgeable rod builder).

Yes the 6wt line will be better for streamers, more umph especially when its windy. Being only a rod weight higher it wont make too much of a difference but it will make a difference.

The 6wt line will work on your 5wt reel, the line is just marginally thicker in sections. Worst case scenario you can just remove some backing.
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Default Re: 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

Thanks a lot!
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Default Re: 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

What's the rod? And the line?

In general, a fast rod doesn't like being overlined, and while you can underline your 6 wt, it might not perform as well as it should--but it depends on the rod and line.

I recommend getting a 6 wt line if you can. Definitely better for streamers.
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What's the rod? And the line?

In general, a fast rod doesn't like being overlined, and while you can underline your 6 wt, it might not perform as well as it should--but it depends on the rod and line.

I recommend getting a 6 wt line if you can. Definitely better for streamers.

It's a St. Croix (their customer service and warranty are great btw) Avid which is a medium-slow action rod. I will probably go ahead and buy 6wt line...I was just concerned about dry fly presentation with it.

eventually i'll spend the money on a second rod designated for streamers only, probably a 7wt fast action.
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Default Re: 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

It's what I use. It's worked for everything in the warmwater species from panfish up to huge carp, with an occasional trout thrown in. I've never got a pike or musky with it.

I'm considering a new rod as this one is getting old, and it will in all likelihood be a six weight.
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I will probably go ahead and buy 6wt line...I was just concerned about dry fly presentation with it.
The line itself should not adversely affect your presentation. A long, proper leader and nice cast is the important part.
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Default Re: 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

I fish a 6-weight with dry flies often, especially when distance and wind are factors. In general though, a #5 is preferable. My recommendation to you, as St. Croix had treated you so well, is buy a new larger reels and line to match your new rod and, later, select a new 5-weight rod to go with your existing line and reel. Oh, and proper matching of line to rod is important, ask St. Croix which line they suggest for your new rod.
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Default Re: 6wt for general pupose fly fishing

The Avid is a med action. Not med-slow. It will still depend on what line you have if a 5wt will work well.

You mentioned streamers, but if you also do some close fishing the 5wt might not load the rod as it should be.

So, tell us what line you have?
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The Avid is a med action. Not med-slow. It will still depend on what line you have if a 5wt will work well.

You mentioned streamers, but if you also do some close fishing the 5wt might not load the rod as it should be.

So, tell us what line you have?

That's true the St Croix website lists it as moderate action.

I have Rio gold 5wt. I might as well buy 6wt and set it up right.

Anyone use Galvan reels? I'm looking for an affordable USA made reel. I bought the St Croix rod soley because it's USA made and affordable and it turned out to be good enough for me.
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