07-08-2010, 10:22 PM
Re: Light Saltwater setup
I don't know if you live in the area where those fish are or not, but for that kind of fishing I use a 7 wt . Though I have multiple 8 wts, my go to rod for flats fishing is a 7 wt. If the wind is blowing llike crazy, I don't go flats fishing.
The three rods I use the most are all Sages - 7 wt TCX, a 9wt RPLX and a 12 wt RPLX. I also have a sweet Sage 8wt TCR as well, but I rarely use it anymore preferring the lilghter 7 wt instead.
The RPLX's must be 20 years old by now, and many people did not like them saying they cast like broom sticks and are too stiff. But I like them in the bigger sizes for big, heavy flies. They come up on ebay once in a while, but often go for pretty big bucks.
If you live in the area where the fish are, and can fish on good days or in protected areas, I would probably go with a seven if you cast well. If you can't pick your days or don't cast that well but have a good arm, then I'd go with a nine. To me, there is a bigger difference between an 8 and a 9 than between a 7 and an 8.
A nine will handle some pretty big flies and fish too. Try to cast some different rods to see what you think.