Join Date: Nov 2009
I've stayed quiet so far, I use switch rods and a variety of double handers for Atlantics here in the UK.
By and large you are looking at the problem the wrong way round, justifying it towards the fish you'll be catching.Now unless you are trying to achieve the ridiculously unpractical with the rod, you ideally should be looking to match the rod to the conditions and the methods you may well be expecting to use.
I have the Airflo NanTec 6 weight switch, I use an Airflo 7 weight 40+ line on it and its my go to outfit for low water when using small (tiny!) flees and long tapered leaders from a full floating line.I've landed Atlantics on it to just short of 20lb(several in the high teens!.)It copes surprisingly well and I don't have to kill fish to land them.I fish the outfit when its hard to get an offer on anything heavier outfit wise, that's its intended purpose and it works remarkably well.Give it chance and it will reward you admirable.
Now!,I wouldn't use the outfit in heavier bigger water, where I might need to use bigger weighted tubes or proper sinking gubbins(heads, tips, full lines etc etc.), or indeed where bigger fish may well be expected, I'd reach for my 8 weight Sage One switch in those circumstances, or one of my smaller double handers.
Matching your outfit to the circumstances and conditions you face is the way to go.
There will be many who can argue a case for fishing heavier, but their own fishing circumstances may well favour such an approach, there may well be some who have already embraced fishing lighter when situations favour such an approach.
I think its a far wiser approach to keep your options open to suit your own fishings, a fish snuck out on a light line outfit when every one else go's blank is worth its weight in Gold, but so is a fish taken against the grain when the waters high cold n coloured and you've to dig deep and persevere ploughing the bottom!.
Horses for courses folks, but I'll sign off by saying, one shouldn't fish light for the sake of it and just possible one mans light is another weight lifting work out!
By and large its eminently doable, but a little thought before the initial application, go's a long way!.