View Full Version : What weight rod?

12-12-2009, 10:40 AM
I currently have a 5wt Temple Fork Professional Series rod, which is a huge step up from the all in one Walmart rig I started with in June. I have gotten hooked on fishing the Catch and Release Section of Raven Fork for those huge fish, and in spring I will be lake fishing with my fiance (will be wife by that time). I am afraid of breaking my 5 wt on the over 20in. trout over there and bass in the lake. I was thinking of getting a 7wt TFO TiCrX in 9-10ft so that I have some more room to horse the fish around a little. Please give suggestion on what weight and length rod I should get. My current rod is 8.5 ft, and if I change I would like to go up.

12-12-2009, 02:01 PM
Just bought a TFO Lefty Kreh Signature Series myself last month and love it!. It's a 5wt (9ft), and is plenty of rod for trout here in Tn as I was told by the shoppe keep. I also own a White River-Hobbs Creek 8wt (9ft), and was my only rod for a long time, it's great in my opinon for largemouth, smallies, stripers, and was my only rod for trout until the TFO. I can tell a difference in just a few uses of the TFO's better quality build than the White River. Dont get me wrong, I do love my 8wt as well, and I love a great deal, just keep in mind that when it comes to rods/reels/ect. you do get what you pay for imho ;). I'm sure that the rods I own wont be the last, and one can never have too many. Hope this helps you.

12-12-2009, 05:49 PM
I have had the ticrx from tfo and they are extremely fast. They will not protect light tippets and really to cast them right they are designed for more experienced casters. If staying in that tfo line I would just move up to a good 6wt or 7 wt in the professional line or the jim teeny rods. or move over for around the same money to the sage launch series rods which imho are much nicwer than the TFO rods.

12-12-2009, 07:32 PM
Thanks guys. I would like to get a nice orvis, sage, or any other high ned brand, but I can not bring myself to soend that kind of money. At my skill level I don't think I could tell the difference. I may have to look at the TFO prof. 7/8 wts. I love weight I have. It probably doesn't love me after taking a few spills and tossing it on top of rocks so I could climb over up around Ramsey Prong.

The Principal
12-12-2009, 09:42 PM
I have 7 and 8 wt TFO Professional series. They are very good for what you want.
I would suggest the 8 wt over the 7wt. That would give you more fishing options. Everything
from Bass to Stripers to light Salt water.

12-12-2009, 10:01 PM
Thank you. I was originally thinking of an 8wt, but was afraid it may be too much rod. I need to go to LRO and get a feel of one to see what I think.

Carolina Boy
12-13-2009, 08:19 PM
I think go with a 8, you can hit a lot of species with that, I fish the raven fork (trophy section) with a 5 weight TFO pro series, no problem at all, pay attention to leader and tippet size there and don't give them monster stockers any quarter! I do line up my reel with a 6 weight line cuz i toss a lot of lead on muddlers to get em down low. If you are gonna go to a fight, fight back! and muscle dem fish!

12-13-2009, 11:51 PM
Maybe I should go with bigger tippet. With 4x flouro I muscle the 12-16 inchers, but am more cautious of losing the big boys. Might try some 2x flouro

12-14-2009, 11:29 PM
Well, I hate that I did not go to LRO for my rod and reel, but I bought a new one today. I had to go to Sevierville to do some outlet Christmas shopping, and I stopped by Orvis. They had a rod/reel combo special and a few other coupon deals that got me a decent deal on a clearwater rod and battenkill bar stock reel, and I am an impulsive buyer. I am still a devout LRO fan, and will be in there every chance I get.

12-15-2009, 01:15 AM
shoot man, I use my 4 wt everywhere. haha. I think we need to go try out that new rod soon though.

12-15-2009, 03:33 AM
All you need is a 4 weight for those minnows you get haha. I am kidding. Weather permitting we are going Wednesday

12-19-2009, 10:01 PM
shoot. It's not the fish that give the rod a hard time, it's the 35 lbs of splitshot! I'm going to trek out that way one day this week to try out my buddy's 5wt.