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So I recentley bought a blank 9wt 13'6 for slinging chickens and sink tips for the winter run. It seems the person I bought it from mislabeled the item and I thought I was buying a 8wt. What Im asking is your guys opinions on whether you think a 9wt would be to heavy. The rivers Im fishing are small to medium.
 

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On big mich tribs I toss a 630 grn intermediate skag short with 12ft of T20 n barbell eyed truders into deep sweeping bend pools on a 13ft 9wt.
Other than that scenario or high water events I leave it at home.
Just saying.
 

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On big mich tribs I toss a 630 grn intermediate skag short with 12ft of T20 n barbell eyed truders into deep sweeping bend pools on a 13ft 9wt.
Other than that scenario or high water events I leave it at home.
Just saying.
Wow! I would have to actually agree! :chuckle::D
 

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It's a tad bit over gunned but throwing big wet flies it would work. I've used a 9 on the mighty mo but the 8 is the way to go.
 

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As others stated, I only use my 9 wgt - 14 footer for large rivers, with t-14 tips swinging big flies,most of the time I am using a 12 foot 6/7 weight on mid size rivers which is more than enough rod. For small rivers use single hander 7/8 wgt - 9 to 11 feet.
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Is your rod too heavy? The short answer is no.

I use a 13' bamboo rod with a 650 grain skagit and around another 100 - 120 grain tip. Lately I have been using a 15' bamboo rod and a Nextcast WA70 that is listed as 790 grains.

You will be OK with your 9 weight.

Jerry
 

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9wt will not over power most fish (27"-32"). and you will want that for flies that go PLOP!
BUT. 13'-6" is way too long for small rivers.
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On big mich tribs I toss a 630 grn intermediate skag short with 12ft of T20 n barbell eyed truders into deep sweeping bend pools on a 13ft 9wt.
Other than that scenario or high water events I leave it at home.
Just saying.
Yeah i see what your saying. If you fish the joe I think a 9wt would do good below the dam in berrien. I have 6/7 with a 450 grain skagit but it cant throw weighted flies at all and the flies I can throw arent getting deep enough. Btw is this wild dan?
 

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As others stated, I only use my 9 wgt - 14 footer for large rivers, with t-14 tips swinging big flies,most of the time I am using a 12 foot 6/7 weight on mid size rivers which is more than enough rod. For small rivers use single hander 7/8 wgt - 9 to 11 feet.
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Can your 6/7 throw flies with much weight. I can cast fairly long flies on mine but they cant have any weight. And for small rivers i do usually use a 8wt 9ft single hand.
 

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Is your rod too heavy? The short answer is no.

I use a 13' bamboo rod with a 650 grain skagit and around another 100 - 120 grain tip. Lately I have been using a 15' bamboo rod and a Nextcast WA70 that is listed as 790 grains.

You will be OK with your 9 weight.

Jerry
Hey I was wondering do you ever fish leeper park? I heard its pretty good.
 

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On the 6/7 wgt 12 foot snow bees light cone head flys can be cast with the Scandinavia and skagit head lines currently used. I only use the 14 foot 9 wgt spey on large rivers such as the st joe, Muskegon, grand, and big manistee. I primarily fish small/mid size rivers. Not a big intruder user. I fished the 14 foot 9 wgt on the st joe a few weeks ago and found it to be much heavier than the 6/7 wgt, the reel is a Teton specialist that is pretty heavy. Glad I only fish this setup a handful of times a year.

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On the 6/7 wgt 12 foot snow bees light cone head flys can be cast with the Scandinavia and skagit head lines currently used. I only use the 14 foot 9 wgt spey on large rivers such as the st joe, Muskegon, grand, and big manistee. I primarily fish small/mid size rivers. Not a big intruder user. I fished the 14 foot 9 wgt on the st joe a few weeks ago and found it to be much heavier than the 6/7 wgt, the reel is a Teton specialist that is pretty heavy. Glad I only fish this setup a handful of times a year.

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Yeah im planning on only using the 9wt on bigger rivers. I usually fish the joe because I live right next to it but I definitely want to check out the muskegon and manistee some time. I just got into fly fishing heavily in the summer and I started hooking fish consistently in the fall so forgive me not knowing. Do the spring and summer run steelhead not hold so deep in the water column. I know you dont have to dredge the bottom with big weighted flies.
 

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I, like some others think your rod is fine. I don't subscribe to the different rod for every water system. I fish 3 rods, an old Hardy that casts an 800 grain long belly for most trout fishing and salmon on large rivers. Now that I have the correct line I'm using my 15 foot Winston 7/8 for long range with lighter loads for flies. Last but not least an 11'6" seven weight for small waters.

I have no problems catching trout on a heavy rod and when I hook something big there's no sweat.

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Hey I was wondering do you ever fish leeper park? I heard its pretty good.
I do fish Leeper. This time of year I will start at Twin Branch and work down river usually ending up in Berrien Springs. I don't necessarily fish at all of the stops but I do take a look.

Perhaps our paths will cross on the Joe. I will be fishing bamboo.

Jerry
 
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