Inspired by George K.... what weight fly rod?

breamfisherbreamfisher Senior MemberPosts: 4,931 Senior Member

Hypothetical situation... say you were trying to catch a large, toothy, aquatic reptile. One that would take a surface fly resembling a large rat, say in the 3-6 lb. range (for the actual rat, not the fly.) I figure you'd want a spun deer hair fly both for flotation and for light weight so you can cast an actual fly and not a balsa or foam lure....

What weight fly rod would be most appropriate?


  • bmmikebmmike Posts: 541 Senior Member

    If it’s a Sage XP, a 4 weight should work.

  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,196 Senior Member

    Even a Sage XP 2wt if it's not too windy.

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.
  • fishingcomicfishingcomic Senior Member Posts: 24,917 Senior Member

    At the shop Richie and I worked we took one of those Joan Wulff practice rods, the kind you use to cast yarn, put a micro reel with 5wt line on it. That would do the trick.

    'I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.'" Ronald Reagan
  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 10,196 Senior Member

    Or a Gatti 2wt, for sure.

    Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.

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