steelhead on a 5/6 wt. rod

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by M00se456, Feb 27, 2002.

  1. M00se456 New Member

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    Bothell, WA, USA.
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    i will have an opportunity to fish the bear river in long beach this weekend, only prob. is the only rod i have is a 5/6 wieght, and don't want to buy a heavier one yet. Would this rod hold up for some steelies.
  2. Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA.
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    Most folks agree the for winter steelies a 7 weight is the minimum that one should fish. A 5/6 is perfect for summer runs, however.

    Sure, I would go fishing for steelies this weekend if I were you. You are going to have troubles with 1/0-3/0 marabous that are commonly fished now. I would fish the biggest weighted marabous on a sinktip line that you could.

    Before I flogged those waters though, I would check if there are fish in the system. No sense wasting time fishing water void of fish.

    Rob