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cpflyfisherman 01-11-2012 11:34 PM

Saltwater Rod
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?


MoscaPescador 01-12-2012 02:42 AM

Re: Saltwater Rod
What do you want to fish for?

cpflyfisherman 01-12-2012 09:31 AM

Re: Saltwater Rod

Originally Posted by MoscaPescador (Post 377952)
What do you want to fish for?

Bonefish and Tarpon probably.

MoscaPescador 01-12-2012 10:08 AM

Re: Saltwater Rod
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


grassonfly 01-12-2012 02:54 PM

Re: Saltwater Rod
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

biggie_robs 01-12-2012 04:35 PM

Re: Saltwater Rod
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, :thumbup: 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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