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Old 10-17-2011, 04:49 AM
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Default 8 wt Rod

what species of saltwater fish can an 8 wt rod handle?

snook, red drum, jacks???
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Stripers, bluefish, reds, groupers, carp, snook, largmouth bass, and I'm sure a lot more.

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Old 10-17-2011, 11:02 AM
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Baby tarpon, baby baracuda, bonefish...
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:22 AM
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BTW, this might be of interest:
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An 8 weight is a great all around saltwater rod for many inshore light tackle gamefish-- redfish, spanish macs, lady fish, bonefish, snook, baby tarpon, striped bass, bluefish, weakfish/sea trout, etc and for freshwater fish too like steelhead and throwing large bass bugs and stuff at largemouth bass. It's a very versatile weight.

Another way of looking at it is an 8 weight should be good for throwing flies size 1/0 and smaller in light to moderate wind for fish that generally run up to 20lbs (not that you can't occasionally throw larger flies, or handle heavier fish if you happen to hook hook them, but just as a rough seat of the pants opinion.)

A 9 weight might be a good choice too for the same saltwater fish and throw large flies and deal with wind a bit better than an 8, but a bit overkill for freshwater largemouth and many steelhead streams.

Although some might fish 7 weights or lighter for these fish, you might feel undergunned on all but the calmest days and be more limited in the range of fly sizes you can comfortably throw. Options for saltwater gear like fly lines etc are also more limited for 7 weights and smaller and may not be carried in stock by many shops even if offered by a manufacturer.
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Albies, skipjack and blackfins to 15 lbs, dolphin to 20 lbs, trippletail, hogfish......

If I were forced to pick a single rod for the rest of my life, it would be a 8wt. And if I wanted to fish for trout, I'd just have to go visit Ard (or else go to New Zealand.)
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If I were forced to pick a single rod for the rest of my life, it would be a 8wt. And if I wanted to fish for trout, I'd just have to go visit Ard (or else go to New Zealand.)
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