10-15-2008, 11:01 AM
Re: need some answers please
As Basher says, an 8 weight rod would be a good choice. Not just for fighting bigger fish, but also for throwing larger wind resistant flies.
You'll be mostly looking to throw larger baitfish imitations, not the dry flies and nymphs you're used to for trout. Some of your trout streamers, especially big ones would be good though, and buggers will work on just about everything.
Clouser minnows, crayfish imitations are good smallmouth flies and might pick up some catfish, walleye and sauger too.
Pike and musky stuff is usually big and meaty. Some rabbit strip divers, Mega Divers, and other stuff that imitates big baitfish are some of the standards.
Largemouth will grab the small mouth flies and smaller versions of pike stuff, as well as deer hair bass divers like Dahlberg Diver, bigger Marabou Muddlers and will go for topwater stuff like poppers under the right conditions.
As far as fly lines go, you might want to think about the water you'll be fishing. You might want to think about a full sink or sink tip. The full sink might be better if you are going to be fishing deep lakes and ar working from a boat. A full sink is easier to use in current (easy to mend the floating portion) and will get flies down in bigger rivers, and deep holes, and is also a good choice for lakes if you're fishing from shore.
An intermediate might be good for shallower lakes fishing water say 6-10 feet deep from a boat.
A floater would be good to have too for shallower streams, you can use a weighted fly to get down deep, and would be good for shallower sections of lakes (around lily pads and grasses) and for fishing topwater stuff.
No need to buy one of everything, check out the conditions on some of the water if you can and try and find some other fly guys through local shops, this board, or FF clubs like Trout unlimited or federation of fly fishers that might have chapters near you.
And if you can't find any nearby a good fall back plan that might work pretty well for a lot of different conditions would be a sink tip and an inexpensive reel with an extra spool with a floater on it.
Your 5 weight stuff will be good for panfish, and throwing stuff like trout size streamers and panfish poppers for small bass and for any trout you do find--- I think there is some trout water below Ft Peck dam but you might want to check that.
hope this helps, good luck.