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Excellent fish, what weight are you throwing. I have a six weight that I use, the most, but also have an 8 that I can throw. Intend to target both spots and specks. Have you hooked enough beast to warrant exclusive use of the larger rod. Also, what size fly do you throw.
 

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Excellent fish, what weight are you throwing. I have a six weight that I use, the most, but also have an 8 that I can throw. Intend to target both spots and specks. Have you hooked enough beast to warrant exclusive use of the larger rod. Also, what size fly do you throw.
I fish a 7wt in the salt, so I'm right in the middle. You could get away throwing a 6 wt in the marshes. The flies for most inshore applications just aren't that big. I'm usually throwing something between a #2-6. Most of the fish I caught this week ate a #6 gurgler that I've thrown with a 3wt for smallies. Overall reds might stress test test a 6 wt a bit, so if you're fishing a grass flat or somewhere else you're likely to encounter 10lb+ reds, you might want the 8wt. A 6 wt can handle any speck you're likely to ever encounter. If you fish the surf, I'd go with the bigger rod. Bulky bait fish patterns come into their own in the choppy stuff, and they're a chore to sling on a 6wt.
 

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I went out with a guide last summer for red drum and trout. I was surprised to say the least when he handed me a saltwater 5wt. But it worked. He also had a 7 and 8 lined and ready to go, but we had the most success with the intermediate line that the 5 had rigged, so that's what we stuck with.


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