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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Basic Steelhead Rod Wt

If you could only have one rod for all steelhead spey fishing what weight would it be?
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7 wt or 7/8 - specifically Beulah Classic.

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Well that would not be any good LOL.

For the.rivers and size of steelhead in the places I fish I would pick my 11'7 5/6/7 mieser.

I see this is your first post! Welcome and enjoy all the info!
I would suggest listing a river you plan to fish or size of river and fish then some of the guys can really narow down the need to have list.

Good luck and enjoy!

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I'd have to say for the big water I fish, the Scott ARC 15' 9wt is my ideal. It will throw just about any line you put on it
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As has already been made apparent the answer to your question will depend on who you ask and where they fish.

I can tell you that in the PNW the size sold more then any other, across all brands and price points is a 13' to 13'4"-7wt.

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If I truly was confronted with having to make the decision, "One rod for the rest of my life" it would be a 13' to 13' 1/2" 7 wt. Nothing else would even be considered. But that's me.
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ditto

I've been using a 13-ish 7 wt as my primary rod for over 10 years ... and though I've used many others from 4 - 10 wts, from 11 - 17' .... the 13-ish 7 wts remain my go-to rods

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If I truly was confronted with having to make the decision, "One rod for the rest of my life" it would be a 13' to 13' 1/2" 7 wt. Nothing else would even be considered. But that's me.
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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm not really sure what rivers I want to fish I am more just trying to get an idea of a basic rod wt. I'm in Maine right now but I want to get out to the west coast if I can find a job. A 13' 7wt seems to be the standard which would work around here for stripers, big river landlocks and atlantics if the Penobscot ever gets fixed. I've been looking at LL Bean's Streamlight rods because of the price point and the gift cards I got for Christmas. They have a 12'6 7/8 and a 13' 8/9. Is it more important to get the 13' or is the 7 weight more important?
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Dec and Poppy nail it for steelhead. Pretty much the same class of rod excels in the Canadian Maritimes (or the Penobscot if they ever open 'er up again): a 13-foot rod for a strong 7-weight rating.

Best examples I can think of: Sage VT2 7130-4 and the Echo TR 7130.
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For me it's my Loomis GLX Stinger 13' 8/9wt..this is the 3 piece charcoal black blank that was made for the Europen market and is discontinued.Love the feel and action of this rod.If I can ever find another rod that has the same action but in other line weights I will be one very happy man indeed!!!!

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13ft. 7wt.

I would agree with everyone else on this recommendation. I've got two of them.

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First of all let me state that the very concept of just one double-handed rod for steelhead is simply sick and twisted . Now IF one must be stuck with but one rod I would recommend the aforementioned 13'-ish rod but in an 8 weight rather than the 7.. just a little more rod for Skagit casting with big stuff and still not too much for floating line summer stuff.

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13 ft 7 wt. (12'8-13'4, I suppose is in the ballpark)

I have two as well.

Not much it won't do.

Find a nice one to match your stroke, and you're good to go.

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Steelhead rod

You are considering the LL bean Streamlight Ultra in either 7 or 8 wts. These are utterly wonderful rods for their very low price point. I have them both and found myself using the 7 wt more than the 8 wt when I last fished the Dean. I have a plethora of rods and these rate very high on my list especially the 7 wt. You cannot go wrong with either rod, great warranty and service.
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