4wt or 5wt help me spend money.

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  1. gabe0430

    gabe0430 Banned or Parked

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    The Orvis Clearwater 4wt 8-6 is a great mid-action rod for the price at great for the Sno's. With the Orvis Battenkill reel, its a great combo for the price and what I use. Another good option in that price range is the Cabelas LSI with the RLS reel combo. Both are very nice rods for the price.
     
  2. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Buy whatever you want, because you'll be buying more rods in the future. Trust me on this......
    That being said, I'd go with a 5 wt if you don't aready have one. Perhaps a bit overkill for the waters you mentioned, but a 5wt is a super versatile rod wt and can be used for a number of fishing situations as you broaden your angling opportunities in the future.
     
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  3. Steve Unwin

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    Looks like pretty good deals on the 3,4,and 5wt CT at Cabela's right now.

    Or check out their CGT fiberglass rod, might be fairly versatile in a 4wt from what the reviews say. It is not as well liked as the older CGR model but might be worth a look.
     
  4. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I couldn't agree more.

    Being almost exclusively a trout guy with a preference for small to medium moving water and mountain lakes, my favorite graphite for years has been a 5-piece Sage 4wt SP. I liked it so much I bought the exact same rod in both a 5wt and a 3wt.

    I shoulda saved my money though because while the 4wt is nearly the ideal graphite rod for the kind of fishing I prefer, the 5wt is too stout and lacks finesse for smaller fish and the 3wt is too noodly and doesn't have the grunt to handle either wind or larger fish.

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  5. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    I'm with the 4-wt folks on this. That seems to be all I use anymore, unless I'm specifically fishing for bruisers or casting heavy flies. I'll still use my 3-wt for dry fly fishing when there isn't much wind, and a 6 wt in the salt, but I fish a 4 more than anything else.

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  6. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I use two 3wt's and a 4wt on small skinny water. The reason for the three rods is that because of my shakes it takes me a while to tie up flies on my tippets. I use the 4wt for nymphing and the 3wts for dries. I keep all three rods rigger and ready to go.
     
  7. GAT

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    Back in the day, a 6 weight was the universal size. Then the 5 weight became the new 6 weight. Nowadays, it seems the 4 weight is now the new 5 weight.

    You're going to end up buying both weights so take your pick as to which one you want to start with ... not many fly anglers own a single rod...:)
     
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  8. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    For the same reason not many golfers have a single club!

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  9. Matthew LeBret

    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    I fish a 4wt and 6wt for trout.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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  11. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    Okay I am doing the 4wt but I have the option of doing from 8, 8.5, and 9ft. I am thinking 9ft. Am I wrong.
     
  12. Steve Call

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    Buy both a 5wt and a 4wt. Pretty soon you'll need a 3wt and if you get into throwing streamers, well a 6wt would be nice. Of course, most of the fish on the Snoqualmie Forks are small, so a 2wt would be a lot of fun especially in September when the flows are low. I don't own a 1wt, but met a guy on the South Fork last year with one. I took a few casts and I think it would be fun on some real skinny water. Now, if you should ever get up to Alaska you'll probably want to think about a 7 or 8wt should you tie into a salmon, or even a larger rod if there are Kings around...........$$$$$$$$$. (Oh, and you should have several lengths of each weight rod.)

    Have fun!
     
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  13. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    Okay i will edit my original question with which rod should i get first. The next time i will be shopping for another rid will be later this year
     
  14. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    10 foot 4wt is the best all around IMO it will even handle streamers well. But whatever rod you get you'll probably just return it and get a different one a few times right?:rolleyes:
     
  15. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    Ahh I see I have a reputation. Well, I will try to buy once cry once this time.