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#1 GraysonEverett



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Posted 22 February 2021 - 05:55 AM

Just got a 5wt fly outfit, BPS brand, nothing special. Is this a good all around fly rod size? I'm obviously not going to be catching any BEASTS on it, but want to know my limits.
Also, I have an older fly rod and don't know the weight of it, how can I tell?

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#2 Will



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Posted 23 February 2021 - 03:03 PM

Welcome to the forum Grayson.


A 5wt is great for resident trout, smaller bass, panfish, etc. You wouldn't want to be fishing for pike, bigger bass, carp...definitely not migratory trout/salmon.


As for the older rod, I'll leave that to someone with more experience. Good luck!

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#3 Rayk



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Posted 27 February 2021 - 01:20 PM

Like Will said, a 5wt is good general purpose fly rod. It’s my go to rod, unless I’m steelheading and in that case I fish a 7wt.


Does the older rod have no marking at all? Put the 5wt line on it and give it a try. If the rod seems stiff, I would assume it’s a heavier WT, if it feels to flexible, I would assume it’s a lighter WT. I say “assume” because “feel” can be subjective.



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