- Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:46 am
I don't know about anyone else here. But years ago, I found I no longer have the strength or stamina to throw a 12-13 weight rod for more than a couple of casts. I can manage a 9 weight for a few hours, but I don't enjoy it as much as throwing a 7 weight. That, I can throw all day. In fact, my favorite rods are 3 and 4 weight rods, because with them I can protect even a 2# test tippet, and that gets me more strikes even if I don't land them all.
I realize that limits me to fairly calm days in closer waters, but that's better than fooling myself into a trip that I'm not going to enjoy at all. If the water's really close and brushy, I can throw a heavier rod for shorter casts and use a heavy leader. So I generally carry a few rods with me and pull out the one that matches the conditions.
Besides, catching a 10 pound fish on a 3 weight is a hoot.