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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2016, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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What are some rough guides as to what size rod? For example, a three weight rod will handle a trout X inches or X weight.
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What are some rough guides as to what size rod? For example, a three weight rod will handle a trout X inches or X weight.

A 3wt switch rod would be fine for most trout up to say 6-8 lbs, but you might have to be very careful landing them. The tips might be delicate. A 5 weight switch rod would be fine up to summer steelhead. I suppose the sweet spot is a slightly different question. I'd say a 4wt is very nice for trout 20-24" - light enough to feel them but hefty enough not to be overpowered. OTOH for the beasts in pyramid lake in NV that can be 15+ lbs an 8wt switch rod seems more like the sweet spot.

Of course a lot comes down to personal preferences. The fishing situation is just as important - lenght of casts, wind possibilities, space behind, and so on.
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What size of fish u are targeting, what kind of flies are u fishing along with the time of year all plays a roll I feel. Here in western MT guys fish anything from a soft hackle w/a 3 wt scandi @ rising bows to 6/7 wt.s w/skagits & tips, huckin fur & feathers for 13 lbs Bull trout...all spey taper blanks, don't venture down the switch rod road so can't help there sorry
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Depends on where you are fishing and what you are fishing for...
I have a 12' 6" Meiser 3/4/5 that is absolutely fantastic up to about a 26" rainbow. Between 26 and 29" it feels increasingly too light. The Meiser 4/5/6 is a much better match for fish above 24", but below 16-18" you don't feel much on the end of the line.
I bought the 3/4/5 because much of the year I'm in Oregon and the likelihood of trout over 24" is pretty small and the likelihood of fish below 16" is pretty high. For trips to AK I know I can efficiently bring in big fish but I'm going to feel some deep into the cork. It is harder to bring them in the last little bit if get a large fish and don't have my buddy there with the net. Fortunately we tend to fish close enough together that we help each other out with big fish.

My fishing buddy uses a Z-Axis 5wt 12'6" and loves it for AK trout. He lives there, so the heavier rod made sense to him.
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Was thinking Bitterroot, upper Clark Fork. Swinging soft hackles and wets, small streamers.
Thanks for the input.
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I bought a pair of Winston Micro-Spey 11'-4-weights to do ANYTHING on large trout rivers....
These rods are great for nymphing and have better line control than a single-handed 9-footer.
I wish I could say I only use tiny dries, but more often than not I use a fair sized wooly-bugger in the same day.
Again, I bought these for LARGER rivers out west as well as in Maine.

PS: I ONLY use the standard Rio-6-weight Perception-Floating-Lines....no stretch and floating keeps things simple.
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Was thinking Bitterroot, upper Clark Fork. Swinging soft hackles and wets, small streamers.
Thanks for the input.
Give me a PM with some contact info, I have multiple trouters you can try out. I'm in the Missoula area as well
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I fish an Echo glass 3wt switch and its great for calm days and small soft hackle flies or muddler patterns. I've caught fish up to 21" and 4#. I would not want to catch any bigger fish than that in moderate current. As it took some skill to land the fish.

I have a 5wt dually switch rod which, I feel, is the best all around trout stick. It can throw streamers or small flies into the wind and have enough back bone to get the fish in hand without wearing it out.

I also have a 6 wt switch, which is great for chucking really big gnarly streamers in a stiff breeze and moderate current. Of course you could land a steelhead on this rod if you wanted to. But you have to stop thinking about what weight of rod for what fish and get a rod that can cast the type of flies that you like to fish. This is also my warm water stick for big bass, pike, and walleye.

All the water I fish is fairly big with moderate current, so I need a little more backbone than probably your normal angler would need.

Swinging fly's on the Snake River.
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