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    Default If you could only have one pole what weight would it be

    So as the title says you can have only one pole what would it be for a all around pole?

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    8 wt...good for reds, silvers, kenai bows and dollies, and small kings

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    I have a 7wt that does all that for me.....After 30 years on the water I would be comfy with a 7.....Up untill a couple of years ago and 8wt would have been my choice
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    7wt is like the 7 iron...full-on utility club.

    Wouldn't want to fish it for kings, little light for smaller bows/dollies...

    Could do both if you only had the one twig.

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    If I could only have one rod, it would be a 5wt and an 8wt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    If I could only have one rod, it would be a 5wt and an 8wt.


    -Dan
    much as i fish?

    the one in my pocket will do fine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    much as i fish?

    the one in my pocket will do fine...


    I have not seen one of them in years.

    Didn't know anyone still used it.


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    7 wt. For sure... Good for trout, silvers, and reds.
    A 7 was my first rod - I'm speaking from experience.

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    Gotta go with the 8 wt. Mostly since the average king around here is 15-20 lbs so it's perfect for kings, cohos, pinks, chums, steelhead, and sockeye. It's a tad heavy for dollies but I enjoy catching them all the same.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Five Weight

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    8wt. It's what I started with and is an all around rod for the Kenai Peninsula. Load up the Loomis GLX with some WF8 and you can cast a 1/4 mile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    If I could only have one rod, it would be a 5wt and an 8wt.


    -Dan
    I agree there is no one rod that can do it all.

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    7 wt 13'6" spey(sage brownie)

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    6 wt lamiglass is all you need

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    5 wt for me. My first fly stick was a 5... anything else wouldn't seem right. Trout still reign supreme (although I've managed to put some reds to hand with a 5 doing so).

    Having two rods should be the minimum if you're going to have a fair shot at covering your trout and salmon bases. If you HAD to make due with one rod, I'd go with a 7, but you're going to be too heavy or too light much of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icb12 View Post
    Five Weight
    why not a 6?

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    I have had a 7wt. Sage for years and has done well.
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    I'd have a long, serious conversation with my wife. Then I'd buy a 6 and an 8 weight....

    .....then I'd sleep on the couch for 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying ties View Post
    I'd have a long, serious conversation with my wife. Then I'd buy a 6 and an 8 weight....

    .....then I'd sleep on the couch for 2 weeks.
    That the best answer I have heard yet

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    This is a question asked over and over again with no easy answer as you can see. As with most of us, we choose a rod as a start point and like us, you too will find yourself saying this is to much or to little but just right for this etc. Then comes the collection, the 3wt for lower Fuller Lake Graying, the 4wt for Crescent Lake Grayling, the 5wt wt for the Russian (until you hook that 28" Rainbow) the 7wt for your Kenai trout (until you hook the 30" Rainbow or Dolly) so the story goes. Which is why they have rods from a 1wt up to 16wt etc. Having said all that, Colin likes a 7wt for trout on the Kenai and a 9wt for all salmon. Split the 2 and I'm with most everyone else...an 8wt. Tight lines!!!

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