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Old 06-10-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default 7 or 8 weight fly rod

hey, i was wondering if a 7 weight rod would take care of all my needs for steelheading, handling big flies, big fish(hopefully)..... if not what do you guys reccomend.

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Old 06-10-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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I have only a 7 and feel that an 8 is a much better "all around" rod. Heck you can land steelhead on a 3 wt. but it might exhaust the fish to the point of death. I think for all circumstances (winter, summer, swinging, nymphs...) an 8 is the best option.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:06 PM   #3
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Where, when and how do you plan on fishing?
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: 7 or 8 weight fly rod

if you are going to stick to summer fish, than get a 7wt, if you want to winter fish than get the 8wt.... I am, assuming you want a single hand rod.
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: 7 or 8 weight fly rod

I agree with the previous posters. For a single hand rod that'll work summer and winter, I'd get an 8wt. You can probably get by in the summer with a 7wt but in the winter, you'll want the ability to use sink tips and throw bigger flies, which will definitely be easier with an 8.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:54 PM   #6
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8wt..
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:17 PM   #7
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doh Re: 7 or 8 weight fly rod

For single hand rods, I mostly used a nine weight for winter fish and a seven weight for summers. I only bought my first eight weight a couple years ago for my first bonefish trip.

If you are only looking for one rod, get an eight weight. Having a rod with sufficient strength to fight a nice steelhead is only part of the formula. You also need a rod with enough backbone to cast a sink tip and a heavy fly in the winter.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:15 AM   #8
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8wt. Living in the Northwest, someday you may want to target Silvers.
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8wt. Living in the Northwest, someday you may want to target Silvers.
Or end up with one on the line targeting Summers.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:36 PM   #10
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Default Re: 7 or 8 weight fly rod

thanks guys, and im looking for a single handed all around steelhead rod, i usually go to the sandy river, big creek, gnat creek,and the n. santiam. oh and what floating lines would you reccomend for nymphing, and for swinging in low water.

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that my friend, should be a whole new thread. Not enough people are going to look in here to offer their advise on what floating line to use.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:50 PM   #12
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SA Steelhead taper one size up.
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thanks alot for the info, and thanks for the advice spade.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:04 AM   #14
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Head to River City Fly Shop.

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