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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Smallie 5wt line recommendations

    Three posts in a row .......

    Here's a nice video of Minnesota 5wt smallmouth fishing: YouTube - Fly Fishing Minnesota Smallmouth Bass The size caught in the
    video would be considered great for my area of Pennsylvania.

    Here's last Friday's LMB caught while fishing for trout:


    That fish was crazy, and I was lucky that he fit in my net. He made that
    Orvis BBS sing several times !

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Smallie 5wt line recommendations

    Hi BrokenWing,

    I think the best line would depend on the rod you are using. If you have a fast action rod you could over line with a six weight line. This would help with the bigger wind resistant flies. If it is a med-fast rod you might think about the RIO Grand or SA GPX. this lines are 1/2 line weight over. If you have a slow to medium rod then I would use a standard 5wt line. The RIO Clouser line is a very good choice for Small Mouth fishing. A 5wt would not be my choice for Small Mouth.

    Frank

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    Default Re: Smallie 5wt line recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Whiton View Post
    A 5wt would not be my choice for Small Mouth.
    Not my first choice either, but if it were all I had, I'd go fishing for smallies !

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Smallie 5wt line recommendations

    I agree with Frank on the Rio Clouser line...If you already have the 5wt by all means use it; if not go for a 6wt...I don't know if you're fishing browns during the hex hatch I would also opt for the 6wt. I fish stream smallies with a 5/6 wt and it handles most of what I throw fly wise and fish wise. The smaller rod is not going to handle the big hair bugs.

    Dan

  5. #15

    Default Re: Smallie 5wt line recommendations

    Ya'll must have a bunch of runt smallies or smallies who don't eat nothing but diet food! I used to fish the Huron around Ann Arbor for smallies. Boss hawgs out of there are far and few between.
    You have a 5 weight, the jump to a 6 is tiny. Go 7 weight. It tosses big flies with ease and allows you to land them in a timely manner.

  6. Default Re: Smallie 5wt line recommendations

    I have a 5wt and I just brought Mastery line so I set for now but I am looking to another rod already.

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