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post #11 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 02:55 AM
smokingunns
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Join Date: Dec 2014
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Not all 6wt's are built the same...fished a 12' 6" NRX 6wt the other day on the Chilliwack/Vedder River and landed a 13-15lbs steelhead. River was very low with little current. I also have a 11' 6" 6wt Rainshadow Immortal but won't fish it for steelhead as it will bottom out.

It also depends a lot on how you fight a fish - with the rod (i.e. with the butt or mid section), the type of reel you use (i.e. click and pawl vs. drag) and how you use the two together.

A 6wt spey should be fine for eastern tribs...I fished a 7/8wt NRX on the Saugeen and it was overkill.
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