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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-23-2015, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by chumbum View Post
...depends on where you're fishing and how heavy a fly and tip you're trying to deliver.
What he said.

There's a wind-swept river not far from me that I hit, and it's wide and the fish are pigs, and pretty feral for the most part. It reminds me of the Mo. I fish a 5/6 because my 4wts peter out with the wind and what size flies I prefer to toss. Guys with SHs are showing up to the party with 7 and 8wts. I get done what I need to with 375-400gr skagits, but that's me, and where/how I fish. If I hit my local I'm right at home with a 4wt.

Sometimes feels like we're on different planets. Naturally, I'd wanna be on the one that I would need the 5/6 for...
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thanks all for the info- I did go ahead and get a 5wt- 12'6'rod blank. Will hopefully get it built up within a month- will try to post pictures when done. Has been a lot of good info posted
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Cool, Show us the rod when its done, eager to check it out!

Lots of opinions, all of us right... I get things done on light gear, believing that I am only limited in landing fish by my tippets strength, my reel, and my ability, not my rod. Some guys prefer heavy gear, for that "just in case" moment. So as usual, user's choice.

I hope the rod brings you enjoyment. I hope you hook and land many steelhead sized trout.
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Brian a 5 will be fine depending on the action and what flies u toss, What blank did you go with?. I like a traditional taper, it allows me to load it up with a doctor'd up scandi for tips and switch to a Vector for dries and soft hackles.
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You will be fine with a 5wt. I throw normal sized streamers all day with my 5wt switch rod. The only time you will get in trouble if you try to throw those 6" double articulated wind resistant flies 60 ft on a sink tip. It will, however, throw them a little ways :-)
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For windy weather and if a wild trout in 22" or higher are common, get
CF Burkheimer 5115-4:

Scandi 345-360 gr plus polyleader or Rio Scandi Short Veristip: body 320 gr + 60-70 gr tip.

You can buy separately floating body or Intermediate.
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I think a 5wt would be a better choice than a 6wt for the Missouri.

You really don't need to throw big streamers to get into the big rainbows there.
Size 8 to size 2 will pretty much cover it.
I think throwing big articulated streamers will actually really cut into the numbers of fish you get into without increasing the average size of the fish you do catch.
The guys at Headhunters will pretty much tell you the same thing. They've written about it on their blog a few times.

I think a 5wt is a bit more satisfying to fish with up there.
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