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Howdy. I'm looking to chase some pike and smallies this year via fly and I'm wondering how heavy my outfit needs to be. Will a

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  • Howdy. I'm looking to chase some pike and smallies this year via fly and I'm wondering how heavy my outfit needs to be. Will a

    Howdy. I'm looking to chase some pike and smallies this year via fly and I'm wondering how heavy my outfit needs to be. Will an 8wt be a good rig?

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    8 wt is a good choice for most northerns unless you are going somewhere where they get huge, 25# plus. It will do fine for smallies but maybe a little on the heavy side. You won't have any trouble keeping them out of snags. Have fun!

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    • #3
      My pike rod is an 8wt and it works fine. I sometimes go to a 6 wt if the wind is not blowing or my arm is tired from casting the 8wt all day. I would suggest a rod with a fighting butt for the 8 wt. I use a 6 wt for smallies and it works fine for me. I fish shallow water so I'm not throwing a heavily weighted fly.

      I prefer a 9ft rod or longer.

      Goodluck. Pike on the fly is one of my favorite things.

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      • #4
        that might be heavy for smallies
        it would be good to buy two rods and use the same reel.

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        • #5
          Yes.

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          • #6
            Consider pike leaders - braided wire.

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            • #7
              8 wt. should be good. Little bit heavy for the smallies, but will get the job done. Drop to a 6 if you feel like a good fight.
              Be sure to tie on some big green uglies for those pike and don't forget the leader.

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