Which line wieght? [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Which line wieght?

12-06-2005, 11:01 PM
I want to get started fly fishing and I am having trouble deciding which line weight I should choose. Since I am new to fly fishing I would like to make the most of my first fly rod. I live in RI and I do not want to fish for trout. I fish for bass but I would like to try fishing off coastal rocks or surf for bluefish or stripers.
so I was looking for a rod weight that could accomodate bluefish and freshwater bass, is this possible? I was told that a 9weight would work well for both bluefish and freshwater bass and small stripers. would a 9 weight be ok for largemouth and casting into theocean? Thanks for your help, I have a lot to learn


12-07-2005, 08:01 AM
First of all, welcome to the forum! :)

It sounds like you mainly want to fish for largemouth, in which case I'd recommend getting a fast or medium fast action 6 or 7 weight to start out. I think it will be better to get a rod specifically for your main species so you can learn how to flyfish with that rather than trying to find one rod for all the species you might fish for.

If you enjoy fly fishing for largemouth, then you can look at getting a saltwater outfit in 9 or 10 weight. You can get a very good largemouth rod for around $100 and a cheap reel ($35) to use with it, while a saltwater outfit will run you in the hundreds of $$$, mainly because you'll need a solid drag in the salt while you don't really need any drag in freshwater.

Dble Haul
12-07-2005, 08:44 AM
If you do end up getting just one rod to try and cover everything that you've mentioned, I'd go for an eight weight. It can cast largemouth flies well, and has enough backbone for small to medium stripers and blues.

But I agree with the advice above. Try to get a rod that will suit what you'll primarily be fishing for.