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R. Miller

9 foot...7 weight?

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I just got a new new fly rod in the mail... I ordered a 9 foot, 6 wt, but received a 9 foot 7 weight. I primarily want it for bass and trout. Will a 7 weight be okay for SE trout stream? I'd just as soon keep it and not have to send it back, and just wondered what anyone thought of that.

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How's the action? If it is fairly stiff, but not so stiff you can't feel a take, then you will be fine with it. For me the difference isn't that noticeable between the 2 weights.

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Okay, it's set up. I'd be too excited to return it anyway. The action seems fine to me for medium trout and bass. I don't think it will be too big of a deal.

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I just rigged up a new 6wt that will primarily be used to throw big nasties for trout. 7wt might be a little heavy for trout, but if you are planning on using the same rod for both trout and bass, then either 6wt, or 7wt will do. If it's in the budget, I'd recommend picking up a 4wt or 5wt for trout.

I originally started trout fishing with an 8wt. Eventually got a 4wt to use on the trout streams, and picked up a few more rod weights along the way. Seems like there's always an excuse for a different weight rod. smile.gif

Next rod will need to either be a 3wt for trout, or 10wt for largemout bass in slop, and musky and pike fishing.

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I agree, a 5-7 can be used for a lot of different things. I personally now have a 3 wt, 5 wt, 6 wt, 7 wt, and 2 8 wts. I use them all for different things although my friends call me obsessive. I got by with only a six weight that i used for everything from bluegills to steelhead for a long time. Enjoy your new rod!

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I have to agree, a 5-6-7 wt can catch anything from brookies to steelies to walleye to carp to bass. I will admit that I've launched several small trout over my shoulder setting the hook with my 5/6 wt. Might be a little much at times. smile.gif

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