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Old 12-18-2014, 07:55 PM
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I have an old six weight and that's all I got and am wondering if I can catch northerns on it. I am wondering what size flies I should use and what patterns. I don't really wanna cast giant flies on a six weight. Also what leader do I put on it? Thanks in advance,
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6WT is on the smallish side but it can work well enough to get started. You'll want an 8WT rod eventually. Bunny strip streamer is the simplest fly I know that will work. Bright colors like chartreus, yellow, white. Throw in a little flash and you are set. For a 6WT a 4in streamer is probably enough. Once the fly is wet it will cast well enough. Get out there early season while they are shallow. It is a LOT of fun.
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6 weight with some backbone will work just fine and I even can`t tell you how many big pike I`ve landed on my little walleye rod which is way smaller and lighter than a 6 weight fly rod.

I`ve landed my biggest chinook on a six weight rod and that fought harder than most northerns.

Mind the leader 20 lb test down to 12lb should do the job, palm the reel well, you will be fine.
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I've caught numerous 30"+ pike on a 5wt and a white bugger... But now I've got bigger rods with bigger flies for that job
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I have caught lots of Northerns on my 6 wt Bank Robber throwing crayfish patterns for smallmouth. And just as many throwing smaller streamers on my 5wt Shorestalker
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Default Re: Northern On a 6wt questions

Use that 6wt and don't look back. You won't be able to throw those 12" streamers some of the fellas throw at Musky but who care. Keep the streamers with lots of glitz and bright colors to a reasonable size and drag in the fish. Perch colored baits do well sometimes too.
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Something that is a bit stiffer is better for the health of the fish if you plan on releasing them. Just because large fish can be landed on lighter rods, it isnt always a good idea.

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