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noobfisher

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4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« on: May 11, 2011, 07:51:07 PM »

Now that I've narrowed down my reel choices, any suggestions for the rod weight?  This will be my first rod, looking to do mostly tidal fraser, stocked local lakes and pinks.  I like the idea of having a light rod, but is a 4 weight rod to small for pinks?  Thanks!
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011, 07:59:14 PM »

6 wt is good for pinks
pink on a 4 wt you'll feel like you're fighting a marlin  ;D
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011, 08:18:36 PM »

4 weight is too light for pinks.
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2011, 08:27:41 PM »

Go with a 5wt to start.
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 08:54:56 AM »

A 6wt is your best all-round rod.  You can catch pinks on it, and coho, and it's still alright for most trout fishing.  That said, if you're targeting local lakes for rainbows, those are some small fish.  A 5wt would be more appropriate for those, but then you're borderline undergunned for the pinks.

A 4wt is definitely too light, as others have said.  Can you still LAND pinks on a 4wt?  Of course!  Should you?  My answer is an emphatic "no".

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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 12:15:52 PM »

Thanks for the advice, looks like it will be a five weight since I plan to do mostly stocked trout, maybe cutties, bull and give pinks a try.  I really liked the feel of the tfo rod I saw, affordable as well.
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 01:03:38 PM »

You will like the 5 for trout no doubt.

Some days (no wind, small flies, perfect water, smaller fish) it will be ok for the Fraser.

You will end up buying another rod(s) eventually  ;)
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 02:12:04 PM »

You fly guys sure are a helpful friendly bunch! ;D
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 05:05:59 PM »

last summer on the campbell r. i saw a guy using a 4wt for pinks he caught a few batlles took abit of time, and then he hooked a small coho or spring and snapped it.
5s perfect for trout and works for pink
for pinks my dad uses a 5 and i use a 6 and really there doesnt seem to be a huge difference, only real difference seems like is that my 6wt is a 10 footer and his 5 is a 9footer.
i like knowing i got that bit of extra power from a 6 has compared to a 5 for if you hook a huge humpy or a coho.
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 08:16:53 PM »

I wouldnt use a 5wt for pinks in rivers with a current. Now if it was the tidal fraser than no problem but around Chilliwack your under gunned.
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2011, 11:01:07 AM »

After your input I'm thinking of a rod from 5 wt TFO ....  priced well and liked the feel of them ...haven't decided which one .... any recommendations on which series of rod?  They have a TSX package, with rod, reel, line and bag for about $200 dollars.  Any have any experience with their rods, reel and lines?
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2011, 12:07:00 PM »

For an entry level rod that is all set up for ya for $ 200, you cannot go wrong. Just add some water and you will be fishing.
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2011, 10:06:07 PM »

You can buy TFO rods direct from the Canadian website for alot less than the stores sell them for, TFO is also Lifetime warranty
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2011, 10:20:22 PM »

You can buy TFO rods direct from the Canadian website for alot less than the stores sell them for, TFO is also Lifetime warranty

Thanks,  just checked them out  ;D nice website and really good prices :)
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Re: 4,5 or 6 weight rod?
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2011, 10:29:26 PM »

Using a 4wt fly rod and catching 10" trout feels like playing a 2 lbs trout. LOL  Being there and done there.



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