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Old 01-11-2012, 11:34 PM
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I am looking to purchase my first saltwater rod. I would like to use the rod in florida and possibly mexico. What would be a good line weight 9/10. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Any recommendations?

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What do you want to fish for?
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Bonefish and Tarpon probably.
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Your 9/10 selection is too heavy for Bonefish. I have always been a big fan of 8 weights. This line weight category can handle wind very well. Plus the flies are usually sparse with the exception to some crab patterns.

Your 9/10 is fine for larger baby Tarpon and smaller teenage Tarpon. You may feel undergunned on smaller adults. You will be undergunned on large adults. You should think 8 or 9 weight for baby Tarpon and 11 or 12 weight for an adult Tarpon.

As for brands and models, cast a few to see which works best for you. Look at the following:
  • Sage Xi3
  • Hardy ProAxis
  • Scott S4S
  • G Loomis NRX

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i have a 9 weight tfo bvk it cats beautifully and is only 250 bucks go do yourself a favor and head to the local fly shop and cast one of these dreams
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I've never held one, but Colton rods look hard to beat, especially at the price they're going for right now. I'd get a Slipstream for Bonefish and a Leviathan for Tarpon. Contact the owner through the form on their website and he'll get back to you quickly to answer any questions you have. Great guy, and his rods get good reviews.

I dunno if it's kosher to link to their website, but Google colton rods, you'll find 'em.
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