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    Well i will be doing some fishin on the flippin kenai and the klutina for reds this year and and looking for some input for a 10wt or 8wt flypole. Which would be better? Thanks
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    depends on what pole you want. a stiff 8wt pole and a bait caster would be great....a limp 10 wt pole wont be worth a darn. some many poles to pole with.

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    Fish a 4wt. 12lb leader. When people start yelling, shoot first.

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    I have been flipping my 8wt for about 15 years. It works no problem. I like to use my 7 or 6wt when im on the kenai not around the crowds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    I have been flipping my 8wt for about 15 years. It works no problem. I like to use my 7 or 6wt when im on the kenai not around the crowds.
    I totally agree, when you have a little more space to play the fish its nice, I also like a lighter pole to feel the strikes better too. Unfortunately I only have an 8WT and a 4WT, so I pretty much just stick with the 8 all year. Oh I have my new pin rod this year tho!

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    Lake creek,
    an 8wt will work just fine any were on the kenai, as for the klutina, I have never fished there so I have no idea what the water is like. But you cold always bring both, you can never have to many rods with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icb12 View Post
    Fish a 4wt. 12lb leader. When people start yelling, shoot first.
    The best part about this post is that he is not joking....
    I personally prefer a 7wt.
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    I fished with a 10 wt last year it was good cause of the crowd, a little fight, not too long where I started to get "the glare" but fun non the less.

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    Go sporty use a 7wt!

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    Well i got a nice 7wt sage fly pole and am going to order a 8wt just to experiment what i like better. So i will be in a more "remote" strech in the kenai and its off my uncles cabin for reds so that maybe the best bet for my 7wt and the 8wt for klutina
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    Quote Originally Posted by TradBow View Post
    depends on what pole you want. a stiff 8wt pole and a bait caster would be great....a limp 10 wt pole wont be worth a darn. some many poles to pole with.
    haha...Funny, to many poles to pole with...

    Casting a 10 all day will eventually wear your shoulder down a little more then an 8. Use an 8 and you will be fine. The Klutina is a pretty raging river, but you will be able to control them with an 8. I try to leave my expensive rods at home as you are just flipping, no need for finesse casts IMO...

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    I aint got no other 7wt other than my sage and might just get a junk lil lamiglass 8wt
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    You will be fine with a 7wt. I use a 7wt, 4 piece TFO when I go to the Klu. I have never not landed a fish on my 7wt because I couldn't control it...other than a king I hooked into at the campground.

    I agree with BigCox, a 10wt flipping will leave your rotator cuff in shambles. I always bring a back up 8wt incase the water is running high.

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    If Im fishing a crowded area, I like a 8, but my personal preference for salmon in non-crowded areas is a 7wt. It controls the fish fine, and its still fun to fight a larger trout or dollie with.

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    Thumbs up #8 Serves Me Well

    Definitely my number one choice for fishing salmon in Alaska...

    An eight-weight fly rod is versatile enough for most water conditions and various species of fish. It's what I use for reds and silvers on the Kenai River.

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    I go with my ol' standby the 8wt for reds. Unless I dont fell like fighting the reds then I just take down my 12wt and lock it down

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    Hmm okay sounds fair enough
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    I bring two rods... both 8 wt fly rods! Plent of feel and a great fight at the same time!

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