The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-20-2008, 03:51 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 19
crockerag is on a distinguished road
Default 5 or 6wt

Currently I have a Sage VT2 8wt but am looking at getting a lighter rod for fishing in freshwater for bream and bass in Texas but also pull double duty with the rod in the lights at night. Don't know if I should get a 5wt or a 6wt or if there really is that big of a difference between the two.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 08-20-2008, 04:37 PM
hsmith1313's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 49
hsmith1313 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

I do a good bit of fishing for bass and bream on farm ponds. A couple of times I've tried using my 5 wt. and had trouble casting the larger poppers that I like to use for larger bass. It works great casting foam spiders and ants and most of the small poppers, but I only end up catching bream and really small bass on those smaller flies. My only success catching larger bass (3 to 5 lbs.) is with the larger flies that are either too heavy or wind resistant for the 5 wt. to cast effectively. Maybe a 6 wt. could handle these larger flies, I don't know.

I'm not sure if that helps you any, but I've taken the time to write this so I'll send it.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]><)))))'>
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 08-20-2008, 07:29 PM
RDRogers's Avatar  
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 52
RDRogers is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

I would go with the 6, then later on pick up a 4 for bluegill!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-20-2008, 08:53 PM
BigCliff's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,313
BigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant future
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

I'd get a 5, and then later get a 3 to have fun with the panfish and small trout. It'll throw peanut-sized poppers reasonably well and those are plenty big to catch good bass.

Hell, I throw them on my 4 all the time.
__________________
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 08-20-2008, 09:05 PM
Joe D's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 232
Joe D is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

crockerag,

Since you only have an 8, go with the 6. Later if you want something lighter you can go with a 4. Something heavier, 10.
__________________
"If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're doing something wrong." John Gierach
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 08-20-2008, 09:18 PM
axle27's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,467
axle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud ofaxle27 has much to be proud of
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

I got a 4 wt. for panfish and my 5wt is for trout (stream). I'd have to say a 6wt. without knowing the type of flies you're gonna fling.
__________________
It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 08-21-2008, 12:06 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 19
crockerag is on a distinguished road
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

Also, anythoughts on shorter rods? I fish out of a kayak a lot and want to use this rod on lakes around Dallas, in the Hill Country, and on the coast for schoolie speckled trout. There are no fly shops in my area currently (Louisiana) that have short rods to throw so I am unsure if I should take the short rod approach but I am interested in them. Thanks again.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 08-22-2008, 12:03 AM
jose's Avatar  
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 177
jose will become famous soon enoughjose will become famous soon enough
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

I have an 8.5', 6/7 wt which I sometimes use for bass and trout in streams, rivers, and lakes. I take it in the canoe and I've fished it in a kayak. It's long enough to mend across fast waters, and I find I can make delicate presentations to worry fish. It also throws big bugs pretty well. I have a bunch of rods now from 2 wt through 8 wt, but I really like the 6 wt range, a step up from a 5 and not an 8. It's a good wt rod to have when you might fish small water and big water in the same day. The only issue is that small trout aren't as much fun on it, b/c there's no real play, like with a 2 or 3 wt, but try to cast a big bug on one of those.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 08-22-2008, 05:20 PM
BigCliff's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,313
BigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant future
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

If you plan to mostly fishing from your butt, I wouldn't go shorter than 8'6". Being seated brings the line down closer to the water, and a short rod adds to that still more.
__________________
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 08-22-2008, 06:11 PM
dmwphoto's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 354
dmwphoto has a spectacular aura aboutdmwphoto has a spectacular aura aboutdmwphoto has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: 5 or 6wt

Your line selections are greater with the 6wt. I would go with that.
__________________
Dave Watts
http://dmwphoto.smugmug.com
dmwphoto@mac.com

To me, the journey of learning is almost more fun than arriving at the destination of knowing.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On














All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.