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    Hey all,

    I am in the market for a new 5wt. because I left mine on the side of the road like a big dummy.

    I work in Alaska so will be using it for some Salmon fishing, nothing too big though I am told that a 5wt. works fine. I also do some river trout fishing and freshwater bass when I am back in the lower 50.

    Not looking to spend more than 300, although if the price is right I would maybe consider going up to 400.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 5wt

    i have a sweet sage 9' 6 weight that would be sick for what your looking for. PM interested.


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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 5wt

    get_jiggy: I used an 8 wt for fishing Salmon on the Kenai and the streams that crossed the Parks Hwy when I lived in Alaska. I also had a 5 wt but used that for smaller fish like Grayling and some lake Rainbow fishing. I'd really suggest you think hard about using a 5 wt for Salmon fishing. Good luck with the new rod purchase!

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 5wt

    I have caught salmon with a 5 but by accident. I don't use anything lighter than a 7 weight for salmon.

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    Here's a link I came across recently ...

    FlyRodReview.Best5weightflyrod.HardyZenith.SageZ-axis.WinstonB3x.WinstonBIIIx.LoomisNRX.SageVXP.StC roixLegendEliteTempleforkBVK

    And this is an older review that led me to my Elkhorn Traveler 5wt. I really like it and the price was right.

    Fly-Rod-and-Reel-Online April-2008 Gear-Review-13-Budget-and-Backup-Rods - Gear Review: 13 Budget and Backup Rods

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave27615 View Post
    Here's a link I came across recently ...

    FlyRodReview.Best5weightflyrod.HardyZenith.SageZ-axis.WinstonB3x.WinstonBIIIx.LoomisNRX.SageVXP.StC roixLegendEliteTempleforkBVK

    And this is an older review that led me to my Elkhorn Traveler 5wt. I really like it and the price was right.

    Fly-Rod-and-Reel-Online April-2008 Gear-Review-13-Budget-and-Backup-Rods - Gear Review: 13 Budget and Backup Rods

    Good luck.
    Looks cool source.

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 5wt

    Quote Originally Posted by get_jiggy View Post
    will be using it for some Salmon fishing, nothing too big though I am told that a 5wt. works fine.
    Did they tell you a .22 is a great moose gun too?
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    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by get_jiggy View Post
    Hey all,

    I am in the market for a new 5wt. because I left mine on the side of the road like a big dummy.

    I work in Alaska so will be using it for some Salmon fishing, nothing too big though I am told that a 5wt. works fine. I also do some river trout fishing and freshwater bass when I am back in the lower 50.

    Not looking to spend more than 300, although if the price is right I would maybe consider going up to 400.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
    Joking aside, a 3 lb trout in a little creek feels big on a 5 wt...wait till you get a "little salmon" in a big current; you'll snap your 5 wt or run the backing off your reel.

    If you are considering spending up to 400, you can get two very nice rods...maybe a 5 and an 8wt. Plenty of quality $200 rods out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCliff View Post
    Did they tell you a .22 is a great moose gun too?
    LOL!
    Check out Justin's site Allen Fly Fishing. I hear his rods fish well and are a very good price. Nothing less than a 7wt for what your are looking to catch.
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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 5wt

    Quote Originally Posted by troutdoorsman View Post
    LOL!
    Check out Justin's site Allen Fly Fishing. I hear his rods fish well and are a very good price. Nothing less than a 7wt for what your are looking to catch.
    Chris: Good suggestion, but Justin pulled his rods from his website until he gets his backlog completed. I think this would be an excellent rod, but I'm not sure what the lead time might be, but it might be worth for get_jiggy to contact Justin and find out the status.

    Larry

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    get_jiggy: You might take a look at the fly rods that Trapper is selling, the price certainly is in your range, he has a 7wt and an 8 wt, but both are 2 piece rods.
    http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...reel-sale.html

    Larry
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