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: Can you get away with a 9wt?

09-06-2006, 08:52 AM
Thinking of doing a Bonefish trip but don't have a 8wt rod. Could I get away with a 9wt or would that be overkill? I have a fresh water 7wt which I could use but the saltwater might ruin it. FishHawk.

09-06-2006, 09:11 AM
Bring both rods. 9wt will work fine, and 7wt will be ok for bones too, especially if it is not too windy. Rinse rods & reels down everyday after fishing in the salt--your 7wt will be fine as long as you rinse it diligently.

09-06-2006, 09:18 AM
Over a dozen bonefish trips in almost 20 years I've fished the 9wt, the 8wt and now the H2 T&T 7wt (which is pretty close to my 8wt down at the butt). I even did a whole trip with the two-hander. Although I've hooked fish that were too much for my 9wt the majority are great on the 7wt T&T and it's my first choice now.

Conclusion FWIW - the only reason you need more than a SW grade 7wt is wind; otherwise it's all on the reel. The Danielsson 7ten with several miles ;) of 50# gelspun does the trick for me. The lighter line is also more stealthy and distance is rarely the issue if you use your head.

BTW - where are you going? (the venue often has an influence on rod choice)

09-06-2006, 09:41 AM
Hi FishHawk
You can probably cover most bonefishing situations with a 7wt. However if you are going to the Keys then a 9wt is a better choice. The only place I have been to where a 9wt. is total overkill is Mexico where the bones are very small. I understand Belise is similar.

Be very carefull if your 7wt. has a wooden reel seat and nickle silver fittings.
You must make sure that you do not get a lot of saltwater on the reel seat. Or rinse it off regularly with fresh water.
The fittings will rust very quickly and the wood is liable to swell up and rot.

I have been there and done that and now only use aluminium or titanium reel seats.

Have fun


09-06-2006, 10:57 AM
All good stuff and totally agree with Juro - its all on the reel :)

Mind you, my first trip I used a sci anglers system 2 and it worked fine except for the drag dropping into freespool a couple of times :whoa:

I fished a 9wt on just about every trip and never really felt overgunned. Almost all of my trips have been early spring in the Bahamas and it tends to be pretty windy then.

A 7wt would be a delight throwing Pflueger Hoys to tailers as the sun touches the horizon :smokin:

09-06-2006, 03:21 PM
Thanks for all your advise. I'm not sure where I'm going yet just getting information. Of course I could always build another rod. :lildevl:

09-06-2006, 06:24 PM
where will you be fishing? when i went to dead man's caye i used a 6 wt and it was fine even for most (but not all) wind. on grand bahama, i would stick to an 8 wt. reason, bigger fish......much bigger. size of fish, wind and sharks are the determinitive factors. keep in mid these fish are on the flats and are as strong and as spooky as hell. far more so than stripers. if you are under gunned you will lose your fish to sharks....regularly.

09-06-2006, 06:32 PM
I've also gone from 9 to 8 to 7 wt, albeit for fishing the hard-pressured fish on Andros. I think it makes a noticable difference, and I'be learned to control the 7wt in heavier winds with time. One thing to remember: I fish without a stripping basket, letting a loop trail behind me. It takes considerably more effort to break that loop loose of surface tension with a 7 wt than with a heavier rod. In practice this means an extra false cast, which can be disconcerting.
If you stick with a 9 wt, try a 16+' leader.

09-08-2006, 04:51 PM
In the old days a 7wt was considered a good bonefish rod. Now I'm aging myself. Thanks for the advice. I can now see why an 8wt rod is the rod of choice it's in the middle . Will probably get a TFO rod which will fit the bill and not break the bank. However, I enjoy making my own rods using T&T , Winston or Sage blanks they cost more than the TFO rod. Decisions to make when the time gets near.