Re: Best Line/Rod Weight for fishing in the Smokie
My favorite Smokies rod is a St. Croix Legend Ultra 3 weight that is 7'9" and 3 pieces. It is sensitive enough to make een small fish feel pretty big and has enough backbone to throw a tandem rig as well as some pretty good nymphs.
I will admit that I tend to like to fish even lighter weight rods including one of my other favorites which is a 2 weight built on an Avid blank, but figure there might a chance to hook into a fish that would be too much for such a light rod. My 3 weight is on the light side but still could land a fairly decent fish in part due to the fact that it is a faster rod than the Avid.
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