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Old 06-01-2018, 07:32 AM
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Yes, I am a Fly Fishing tackle junkie.

I own a 7 weight setup, with 2 spools

An 8 weight setup.

2 9 weight setups with a total of 4 spools. (actually selling one now)

and 2, 2 hander rod setups.


I am trying to decide if I could only keep ONE, which would it be.

So, if you could ONLY have 1 set up, what would it be.

I guess I need one out of the kayak, one for the backwaters, one for the open surf.....its a tough choice.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:03 PM
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Hi Joe (and greetings from Colonie also !)

For the salt I have a somewhat mushy Pfleuger 9 wt rod. It's graphite composite but a little too flexible...might be better with a 7-8 line. I have a really cheap ($22 in 1985!) Berkley graph comp also that's rated for 6-7. It's a heavy stiff rod and casts a #9 just fine.

If I could only have one rod, I'd choose a 7 wt and use 7-9 wt floating or intermediates with it. My choice is based on the fact that I only toss smaller flies...3-4" sandeel/silverside patterns (rarely bigger than 1/0 ) down to size 4-8 shrimp patterns and wooly buggers (I got 5 small bass recently on the buggers). My thought is that if I'm going to throw those giant foot long bunker patterns, I'll use plugs, jigs, Sluggos etc. instead. No judgement here...for those that use heavy fly outfits and large flies. I'm just not particularly good (or maybe patient enough) at tossing the big stuff on a 10 wt line. Most of my fly tossing is shorter casts at night... I'd be fine with a 5wt.
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2 9wts, 1 10wt, 1 11wt, 2 5wts, 1 7wt fiberglass, 1 3 wt.


in the market for a 2 hander 6wt
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oh yeah, the question.


1 rod for foot, at this point in time the 9'9wt. (until and unless I get hooked on a 2 hander)


for a yak I might go lighter, 9'8wt.
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Old 06-01-2018, 02:29 PM
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Good choice guys. I use my 8 weight for the kayak and will use it on the board. Its a med fast cation so on it the mid of things, long casts are not needed. My 7 weight i also use up here in the yak for fresh water but, salt ponds and so it would be good also.

If I was going to keep just one it would be my 7/8 two handed. Going on the age thing again, its alot easier on my arms and back.
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Keep them all.
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At least 1 of each wt.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:39 AM
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Well I'm thinning.

Decided to sell one of my 2 handed, all of my 9 weights supplies.

Will keep:

7 weight set up, fast action, couple different lines, can cast it well.
8 Weight setup, med fast action, Intermed line, cast it ok.
7/8 2 hander, F/I line, can cast it all day....

Even going to thin the spinning and conventional herd too, over time.

I have just TOOOO much and its bothering me.
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10 wt. 9 wt, 7wt, 6 wt, 5wt, (all old) but still very functional - (1) 7wt spey - (1) 7wt switch. I would part with my 10, 9, and 6 and maybe my 7 spey. I would keep the 5wt and 7 switch. But I have a horrible time parting with fishing equipment, so that's not happening.
For Joe's question, the 8 wt sounds like a good choice for ocean/bay and def keep the 7/8 switch.
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