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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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What weight rod for Babine Norlakes in late October ??

I was just able to get a spot to fish the upper Babine river late October 2109 ( Babine Norlakes Lodge) - I have heard they have some pretty big fish in that drainage. I currently have two- 13'6" 8wt spey rods, and a 13'6" 7 wt for skating dries( which I doubt I will be doing much of that time of the year)- will those be sufficient or should I be looking for a 9wt??

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8s and 9s only stout 7s or better yet no 7s when i went i had a Thomas and Thomas 13 ft 9 wt and i had my hands full with even the small fish.

and i would NOT rule out skating in late October
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Having landed fish 44 pounds on a 13' eight weight I can say your rod should be fine. The largest fish I've caught in Alaska had to be guesstimated because it was released, it was a 50+ King and I was using an 11 foot 6 inch Hardy swift rated as 7 weight. That was a mistake that I excuse by saying that I had no idea that a fish that big was present. It took my second cast at 6:01 AM and by the time I got it into a net I could no longer see my boat. The fish had decided to swim down river and I wanted the fly back so I followed him.

I use 8 weight rods most of which are 13'6" or 14' now and I use them for all species. It doesn't matter, trout, salmon, char, steelhead etc. I use the same rod and line for everything. I still use my Swift but never when there is a risk of getting mixed up with a big king like that again. In closing let me say that I trust my guesstimates on fish because I've weighed and measured enough of them that a 20 pound fish never looks like it could be 25
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8 is great
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The standard 7 full spey would be fine. Those fish lose a lot of steam by the time they get up into the babine and sit there for a while.
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The standard 7 full spey would be fine. Those fish lose a lot of steam by the time they get up into the babine and sit there for a while.
I liked my 8wt on the Babine, with fish of 20lb+, but was also fishing a 7wt at times...
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8 weight. Better to have more , than not enough. Less time playing the fish. Iíve fished NW BC rivers for years living there. Defiantly 8 weight.
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13'6" 8wt for me (T&T DNA) - was perfect in 2017 throwing what I was throwing and catching what I was catching. I fished in early November and the big fish I caught was not on fire anymore. No problem with the 8wt in getting the big guy in quick and released again quickly. Nevertheless the water and the air out there were very cold.......
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Thanks everyone for the info and advice

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great water!

I would fire that question off to the owner of the lodge. My guess is he will answer with another question like what's your experience handling heavy fish or something like that..
That said, I would lean toward the stouter option. Your guide will love you for it.
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On my trip to the Babine I took a few rods but used my 14í #9 Sage almost exclusively.
I had one fish that was so strong anything less than a #9 would have been useless.
You are heading into the wilderness with the chance of a lifetime fish plus likely heavy wind, rain, and snow.
Dont go in with a noodle, take a proper rod.
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I was just there last year; your 7's and 8's are fine. Nothing wrong with a 9 weight too. I felt like I had plenty of rod with my Sage X 7120 even though I was there early and the fish were clean and hot. I landed my largest buck of the trip on a single hander 8 weight skating a dry, that was much tougher to land than anything on the longer rods.

I would think about your reels too. My personal belief is that the reel is a bigger deal than the rod; the drag and arbor matter when you are trying to pull hard or catch up to one.

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Dont leave the 7 at home.... i landed 3 on dries in one day the last week of October there a couple of years ago..
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