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  1. #21
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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    I think a 9' 6wt with a moderate action would give you a rod that best straddles the two types of fishing you want it for, with an emphasis on bass.
    Cheers,
    --Rob

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    You have a dilemma in that you really need two rods for the two different types of fishing you plan on doing. Like another member stated, I fish a 9ft 5wt because I lived in 9ft 5wt country when I started (Idaho). I focused on trout only in medium sized rivers so one rod covered 90% of my needs.

    West Texas bass and NM trout are very different. Both NM trout and their better streams tend to run small. I lived in NM for awhile and found 8ft 4wt to be the ideal northern NM rod ( I actually went down to 8ft 3wt). My Texas buddies that took me out on their lakes mostly fished 9ft 7wts for bass, a few had 6wts and even fewer had 8wts.

    If it was me in your situation starting all over again would I get a 6 wt med-fast for bass and rent or borrow a 4 wt for northern NM, taking both rods with you when you go. Chances are if you get the right 6wt rod you wont need a 7 for most of your bass (and other stillwater) and can make your second rod purchase a nice 4wt for trout.

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    I'll start with a snarky comment first.

    Buy the red one.

    With that out of the way, here's just an honest opinion.

    You will eventually commit to a quiver, so go to a fly shop and test out a few rods. Choose the one that allows you to cast the widest payload range for the type of fishing that you plan on. A good shop employee can walk you through the process.

    Fish the snot out of that rig until you feel like committing to a second rig.

    Dennis

  4. Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    6 wt then later a 4 wt and then later a short 3 or 8 wt and then the 8 or 3. Finally you realize you have a sickness and then you suddenly have a 7, 5, 2 and 000 wt lol!

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    My I suggest a st Croix avid in 6wt. Will handle weight if you might be fishing heavy nymphs or bass bugs you should be able to feel the rod load better .which you should improve your cast and timing.

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    Quote Originally Posted by arreflections View Post
    6 wt then later a 4 wt and then later a short 3 or 8 wt and then the 8 or 3. Finally you realize you have a sickness and then you suddenly have a 7, 5, 2 and 000 wt lol!
    Ended up going with a 6wt TFO Pro II. And as referenced in another thread I started this evening I'm already pondering another setup...I think I may be infected.
    Life is like a box of chocolates...and a river runs through it. Or something like that.

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    Quote Originally Posted by tx_newb View Post
    Ended up going with a 6wt TFO Pro II. And as referenced in another thread I started this evening I'm already pondering another setup...I think I may be infected.
    Definite need to find the local FFA in your area and seek personal counsel on the best way to deal with you infection.

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    All good comments. And while it's true that no one rod will do it all, especially when going from trout to bass, a six weight might be your best choice . . . I say that because a five weight will be challenged with some of the bass fishing while a six weight can do some of that and still be used quite well to cast small flies to trout. Truthfully, at least two rods is the better solution -- if your budget would allow.

    With the thought of future expansion in mind, you might think now, of other fishing you want to do some day and what line weights you'd want for that. When I started out, someone suggested that you could cover a large range of fishing situations with just three rods if you spaced them out. Someone has already posted that they have rods in the 3 wt, 5 wt, and 7 wt scheme. I decided to go with 4 wt, 6 wt, and 8 wt for my scheme.

    But of course, if you don't desire to limit yourself to three rods, or three sets of reel and line, then buy whatever you want the most and fill things in later.
    "Sometimes the least important thing about fishing is fishing." --Roderick Haig-Brown

  10. #29
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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    The 6wt will be fine. As you get other rods you can go lite'er for trout and smaller streams,,and covert your 6wt to small mouth bass duties and such.

    Welcome aboard the Obsession !

    Mike
    I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.

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    Default Re: 5wt vs 6wt for first rod...

    Funny because we just ran a reader poll on this very question...the vast majority felt that a medium action, 9ft, 5wt was the best all around choice. Check out our blog for the full breakdown of results.

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