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    Default Re: Smallmouth gear?

    For rivers I would be fine with the 5wt as the distance to cast is not usually that far - I have landed a 2.5 smallie on the 5wt - as well as a 5# carp.
    But for ponds or lakes I would go with a 6 or 7wt. The casting distance is usually farther, and much of the time you will be using a sink tip line or Clouser - plus bigger flies than typical in a river. So if you want to also fish streamers for trout in the early season or in ponds, I think it would be worth getting a 6wt with a bit of stifflness.

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    Default Re: Smallmouth gear?

    Probably 80-90% of my fishing is for smallies, and really the best rod is determined primarily by the waters you plan to fish. I have a small local river where I prefer either my 5wt or 6wt rods, but I cast mostly streamers tied sparse. When I fish the Susquehanna, I nearly always use an 8wt. The fish are bigger, the flies are bigger, but most of all, the wind is bigger.

    So clearly, you need to add a 7wt too. You can never have too many rods.

  3. Default Re: Smallmouth gear?

    8 Weight all day long...I run into too many pike when I fish smallies to go any smaller. Plus I like knowing that I can get the fish in as quick as possible for a healthy release.

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    Default Re: Smallmouth gear?

    7 weight here,smallie/chain pickerel fishing,open water normally windy and bigger flies.
    Looking for a smaller,maybe 4 weight,for some of the smaller creeks though.
    Went the other day and could catch 12" an under almost every cast.

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    Default Re: Smallmouth gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by captainjack View Post
    8 Weight all day long...I run into too many pike when I fish smallies to go any smaller. Plus I like knowing that I can get the fish in as quick as possible for a healthy release.
    Good reasoning. Watched a good you tube video making a similar point. Thanks.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k-jrXLCASM]Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass-Prespawn Part 2 - YouTube[/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by zum View Post
    7 weight here,smallie/chain pickerel fishing,open water normally windy and bigger flies.
    Looking for a smaller,maybe 4 weight,for some of the smaller creeks though.
    Went the other day and could catch 12" an under almost every cast.
    After just getting the 4 wt Winston, might save a few bucks and get my first Scott rod. Thinking maybe the A4 907-4 as I have heard it's a great rod for the money. Might go cast the 6 and 7 since I have neither but do have an older 8 wt Sage.
    James

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