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Old 12-25-2014, 04:21 PM
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Default 8wt vs 9wt for inshore species

Im really starting to get into this sport and want to start fly fishing in saltwater. Whats a good rod weight for saltwater use. Im mostly targeting reds, snook, maybe some permit, baby tarpon, bonefish, and speckled trout. What is a good rod weight for these species, i guess kind of an all around setup is what im looking for.
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IMO, both can be good all around, and neither will necessarily be better than the other. I have both weights & a 10 wt. All 3 have a time & place depending on situations & conditions. Generally, the bigger the flies, bigger the fish & the worse the wind conditions the heavier I'll go. Most of the time any of the 3 could be my rod of choice, and it doesn't matter which I might choose, they'll all serve the purpose. Beyond that, it becomes a matter of which I may want to use on a given day.

I would have to check which weighs more, but I don't get too concerned about the actual weight of each, however that may be a consideration for some folks. Again, speaking generally a lighter outfit, that is properly balanced might be more comfortable to use all day. That's not what I consider when I choose to go fishing, but everyone is different.

Also, between those two weights, depending on the exact model rods, either will likely throw either weight line, as most rods will cast lines that may be heavier or lighter than what the rod manufacturer specifies.

If possible, your best bet is to cast different rods in those weights & determine which best suits you & your style of casting. The choice may simply boil down to which one you like to cast the best.
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Default Re: 8wt vs 9wt for inshore species

Hmm, which rod to use for which, That is the question!
The problem is that most rods are rated for the line they will cast and not for the fish they will fight.

I've seen 7 wts. with more fight fighting backbone than some 9 wts.
I've seen 9 wts that cast better with sevens. It 's a jungle out there!

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Default Re: 8wt vs 9wt for inshore species

I use an 8wt for inshore... Reds, trout, pompano, flounder, small jacks, bonitas, blues, and bull reds in open water with a boat....


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Default Re: 8wt vs 9wt for inshore species

It depends on what you are using for tippet. If you tend to fish the lighter stuff like 12 pound then go 8wt. If you are going to use 16, or 20 then go with the 9wt. I'm saying whatever is the lightest leader you plan on fishing then if you go too light for your rod weight then you won't have enought tippet protection and will just end up breaking off fish.
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Default Re: 8wt vs 9wt for inshore species

As all have said, one rod won't do it all and this is true. But I would start with the 9-weight because it can do the light and medium lifting required for the fish you refer to. Fall in love with fly fishing the salt and you'll wind up with #7, 8 and 10 in short order.
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Gotta agree with the above. I have several 8wts and find them more fun with smaller fish and have landed a 40-42 inch red ( almost spooled ) wading. A 9 might get tiring if casting a lot over an 8. As said once addicted to the salt you will increase the arsenal.
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I just got back from my first ever guided flat fishing trip for redfish and seatrouts in Orlando, FL. I used rods provided by the guide for that trip a 5wt Sage Salt and 7wt Hardy Proaxis. Most of the red caught were in 5-6 pound class nothing in the bull size class and I used the 5wt Sage Salt with 15# tippet. It was sufficient to control running reds and at the same time having fun fighting them and not over playing them. So I think a properly balance tackle can get more jobs done.
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Default Re: 8wt vs 9wt for inshore species

Either one can bring in the fish. The more apt question is, how much wind do you usually have to fight in the places you are most likely to be fishing? The heavier the wind, the heavier the line you need to cast through it.
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Didn't know Orlando had flats fishing for trout and reds. 45 minuntes east to Cocoa, Titusville, Merritt Island yes.
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