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: Line Weights

07-22-2003, 02:03 PM
what line weight do you think i should get for fishing for panfish and trout. i fish in the catskills,adirondacks,and in the streams of western new york and pennsylvania. i also get out to the rocky mountains,henrys fork and madison once a year. i am used tousing a 6 and i felt like that was overkill. i am deciding between a 3 and a 4.


07-22-2003, 02:18 PM
I have a 6 and a 4 and find that one or the other covers most trout fishing situations. Consider the possibility that a shorter, slow action 4wt might "feel" like a 3 weight and work better when casting to tight quarters or brushy streams.


07-22-2003, 03:38 PM
i was thinking about getting the rods in fiberglass instead of graphite. so that would be short and slow. i am leaning toward a 3. will that handle what im fishing for. i also have a six weight so that will handle heavy fish.

07-22-2003, 08:43 PM
I don't know what streams you fish, but I currently live in the Rochester area. My love is the lake-run steelheads and browns, and where a 6 wt. (although I have one that I use) is on the light side. My normal rod for this is an 8 wt. Part of the "year round trout fishing" experience I now enjoy! By the way, a 6-wt. is a bit light for big steelies and lake-run brownies; if you are into C&R, a fish played on too light a rod may be stressed too badly to survive, even if you THINK you have revived 'em!

For stream trout, on the West Canada, Black River, West Branch and big B'kill, a 4 is OK unless windy, then time for the 6 wt. For the smaller streams, a 3 or 4 is fine, unless you are casting into a stiff breeze. (That's when I reach for a 6).

As far as action goes, sounds like you like 'em slow, and that's fine. I like medium-fast, but that's personal preference. But, just a thought, you just MAY want to try bamboo - now THAT'S a nice slow action. Pricey, but nice. IF you shop around, you may just find a FISHING bamboo (not a collector) at a decent price.

You pays yo' money, and you makes yo' choices! ;)


07-23-2003, 02:17 PM
Glassfisher, with a name like glassfisher, I would assume that you're already fishing and enjoying fibergalss rods. I have two myself and enjoy them better than my graphite rods. If you want great advise on glass rods (and maybe you have already been there), go over to "ClarksClassic Rods" (type in your search engine) and go to the fiberglass rod forum, these guys are experts on glass rod. Happy fishing -Yaffle
bye the way my rod weights are 4, 5, 5, 5/6 and 8, I am also contemplating a 3wt for small streams, maybe 7'.

07-23-2003, 10:56 PM
I spent 12 wonderful years in trout heaven (Montana) and found that 3 rods covered all of my fishing: they were 4,6, and 8 weights. The 8 weight was used for bouncing big Brook's Montana Stones on the bottom during runoff, fall fishing for big browns, spring fishing for big rainbows, or night fishing for large browns below the Missouri River dams.

The rod I used 70% of the time was a 6 wt. The second most used rod was the 4 wt., which was used about 20% of the time. The 4 wt was used for small fly fishing during the early spring (midges and BWO), summer mornings (Tricos), and fall (midges and BWO). The 4 wt handles a breeze a bit better than a 3 wt, and the Rockies have a breeze most summer days.

I also grew up in Pennsylvania (left for Montana when age 25), and used a 6 wt and a 4 wt for all most all of my fishing. I used an 8 wt for bass and night fishing for big browns. Therefore, I give the edge to the 4 weight over the 3 weight. And it makes no real difference if it is graphite, glass, or bamboo. With the caveat that if you want a long rod (9 to 11 ft) go with graphite. Shorter than 9 ft and makes little difference unless you like a fast rod.

07-24-2003, 10:39 PM
Good evening,
I must concur, good information in all these posts. As Bob K responded, I find wind in all types plays a crucial role in the casting of light line. I use a 5 weight about 80-85% of the time and enjoy it, Working the lifelong learning curve. If I might add one more potato to the stew, spend some time researching your leader/tippet combo, for it is a intergral part of the line you cast, no matter what the #.
I to am an afficinado of those "Flaming Flat Discs" (Panfish)