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Old 02-22-2004, 10:32 AM
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It's not really a case of tiring yourself out by tossing streamers with a 7-weight, it's more a case of using a rod with enough backbone to subdue the fish prior to over-tiring it. When I was younger we used to trek up to Muskegon (Michigan) every couple of years to fish, and most of the pike that came out of those waters were far too large for a 7-weight to handle in any respectable amount of time. For those waters, an 8-weight would seem to be a much better rod for pike, as there's enough of a difference between the two sizes to enable faster landing and release. Additionally, the 8-weight will allow you to toss heavier lines and flies, and pike family members are always ready to nail something that looks massive. So the questions becomes, "How large are the average pike you expect to hook in to?".
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