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Yooper-fly,, I don't know anything about fiberglass rods, so why would that have helped? Curious
Sorry, just looked at this thread tonight. Didnít mean to delay. But the one gentleman answered the question well

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Iím unfamiliar with the term kelt? Educate me please
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Iím unfamiliar with the term kelt? Educate me please
A term from the west coast for a fish that has spawned.
I learned it from Haig-Brownís books.
Sorry, thought it was a universal term.
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A term from the west coast for a fish that has spawned.
I learned it from Haig-Brownís books.
Sorry, thought it was a universal term.
Ahhh, I see.

Well, yes and no! He hadnít spawned yet, was working upstream. But Iíve found on our smaller GL tribe, unless you get those fish within the first 3 days of entering, their strength goes down significantly! And, a lot of Great Lakes Chinook are changing before they enter in our rivers as well, they ARE NOT ocean Chinook in my experience.......so yes, there is that. I will say though, unless this rod was fiberglass, it would have shattered probably and I did have to bend the every loving crap out of it.

Honestly, this fish isnít in that bad of shape for GL Chinook! Iíve seen dudes take some pretty narly looking zombies out of the river to take home......crazy.

But to answer the question directly, I would never dream of using that rod on a fresh Chinook

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6 wts for light summer steelhead only fish less that 10 lbs

kelts, do not target fish that aren't in their prime.

10 minutes is an extremely long time to fight a steelhead i think steelhead fishermen need to learn a thing or two from the bassmasters when it comes to fighting fish. when a steelhead isn't running you should be pulling against it hard, very hard.
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Summer runs with lighter tips yes. Winter fish and heavy tip not so much.
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I landed to hand a 12 lb steelhead on a 4 wt 2-hander once. Took a little longer to get in -- not my first preference. The water was deep and it was cold (~6C) and hooked with a dry fly so no harm. Or so I would like to think.

A 6 wt 2-hander with some backbone in the lower rod should be able to kill a bright steelhead just about anywhere.

Though to tell you the truth I have not fished a slinkie rig on a fly rod since 1994 and have never done it on a 2-hander. Really cannot advize the OP. Any bottom bouncing weight chuckers want to come forth and advize? :-)

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Unless I am on one of our larger GL Tribs I use either an 11'7" 7 wt or an 11'9" 6wt. Both get the job done.
Could i ask which rod models /.brands fit this bracket , Im UK based and rods sizes and weights limited , Im interested in a setup for an upcoming BC Trip
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Could i ask which rod models /.brands fit this bracket , Im UK based and rods sizes and weights limited , Im interested in a setup for an upcoming BC Trip
I use either a Thomas & Thomas 1177 or a Scott ARC 1196. The T&T is a current model but the Scott is long out of production.
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6wt is Plenty! Lay the would to it brother!

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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!.
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Scott A3 11ft 6wt

I have a Scott A3 1106/4 that weighs 5.9 oz and is in excellent condition. Sounds like this may be in your sweet spot. If you are interested PM me. Stu
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Could i ask which rod models /.brands fit this bracket , Im UK based and rods sizes and weights limited , Im interested in a setup for an upcoming BC Trip
NRX #6 12ft is an amazing rod for steelhead. Perfectly capable of landing nice Atlantic Salmon as well.
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It would help to know the river(s) you plan to fish in BC and when you plan to fish before suggesting an appropriate rod.

For example if you are going to fish the Skeena I would not suggest a short #6 rod.
If you get a rainy windy higher water period your short rod will be outgunned.

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Iím unfamiliar with the term kelt? Educate me please
I am by no means an expert but I have caught a kelt or two on the west coast. My understanding of the term is a steelhead or Atlantic salmon after spawning that is still in the river. Often dark and skinny. Chime in if that's wrong?
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