07-17-2004, 10:12 PM
I've been fly fishing for about 8 years now. Last year I went to the contributaries of Lake Erie, steelhead and salmon fishing. I used a spinning outfit but fished with flies. I have a 4wt St. Croix pro graphit for fishing around my home. Was wondering what length and weight I would need to go with to go after the steelhead and not be to overboard to go after small mouth and trout about 20 inches.
I think a 7 wt would do the trick. My first rod was a 7 wt, and it served me well for Bow River trout as well as some Pacific coast salmon.
I think your steelies don't run too large, with 4 to 5 lb. fish average. (At least, that's my experience with steelies from Lake Erie.) I use a couple of rods, a 6-wt. and a 7-wt., and both rods work well. A good 6-wt. with backbone may be of advantage, because besides handling the steelhead chores and bass fishing, you can use it for smaller stream trout without it being "overkill".
The 7-wt. would also be a good choice, however. It really depends on how much of each type of fishing you do.
07-18-2004, 09:30 AM
As Dana suggested, the 7 weight will probably serve you well. The 7 is a good all around rod. The most popular length is 9 ft, although I prefer the 9'6" or 10 footers.
I do suggest that you go to your local fly shops and test cast several.. Find the one YOU like best. The rod I like may not be the rod that suits you. IE I prefer the fast action rods, you may hate them.
Fisrt decide the price range you are going to look at. Then try the rods in that price range.
07-18-2004, 04:27 PM
Thanks for all the input. I'm probly going to get a ST. Croix Legend Ultra 9ft 7wt or a 9ft9inch 6wt.
08-27-2004, 11:29 PM
You can't go wrong with either rod you mentioned. I prefer the 6 wt over anything else. I run a long rod(11'3") for my steelhead fishing on erie tribs. I think you'll be fine with either though. Good luck and have fun