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Bull Trout on a 6wt6wt Fly Fishing Rods

Photo: Bull Trout caught on a 6wt Fly Fishing Rod

A quality 6wt rod has the ability to perform well, if not excel, on the widest range of freshwater fish and fishing methods that a fly fisherman can throw at it and is undoubtedly the preffered weight of first time fly rod buyers.  As an ideal nymphing, streamer, and dry fly rod, a 6wt is a good all around rod for trout, perfect for bass, and can handle steelhead and small salmon if it is your only option.  Living in Alaska in the early days of my fly fishing career, I was armed with only a 6wt G. Loomis fly rod, and successfully landed King, Silver, Red, Pink, and Chum Salmon, Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout, and last but not least Grayling.  While this rod was not the best weapon for these larger fish, especially the Kings where I’d been better off with a 10wt, it was all I had and it got the job done.  A 6wt rod has the ability to naturally present dry flies, but also has the ability to deliver large streamers with sink tip lines deep to big fish-eating trout.  When trout fishing, a 6wt can be combined with a 4wt and then you have the perfect nymphing rod (6wt) and an ideal dry fly rod (4wt) that you don’t need to retie when you want to switch tactics.  While a little light for most saltwater angling, a 6wt can also be used to target smaller ocean fish.  If you are looking for the best fly fishing rod that can be used for the widest array of fish, the a 6wt is your best bet.  You will not be disappointed with any of the rods listed below.

Perferred 6wt Fly Rods

Sage Vantage: Recently hit the market and quickly becoming the most sought after rod for people who want to get into fly fishing, but need to do so on a budget. It is also available as part of a complete set with everything you need except flies. The Vantage rod was built with the beginner in mind with a design that improves casting for those who have yet to learn the technique it takes to get consistent distance and accuracy. Don't expect the lightest, most natural presentation that an advanced fly fisherman might get out of a higher priced rod, but if you are just getting into this sport, it will take some time to get to this level. A well made beginner’s rod such as the Sage Vantage will be built to compensate for flaws in technique that most fishermen new to the sport of fly fishing will have and will also help to improve upon that technique.

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The R.L. Winston Vapor rod takes the cake for a great rod at an excellent price. A great all round good deal on whatever size one chooses. Winston has been making rods for years and this one will be hard to beat at this price. Winston ought to be able to produce an excellent fishing rod as they are designed in Twin Bridges, MT surrounded by great trout waters.

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Sage VT2: this is an excelent rod for a variety of fish and conditions. The VT2 series was designed with two thing in mid: make a rod that is easy for beginners to cast, and has a feel that a even a seasoned fly fishing vet will love. Each rod in this series is designed to best fit the line size, and covers a range from 3 wt to 10 wt. In the 6 wt you have an option as to the reel seat design in which you may choose option "O" or "P". P is the one that comes with the fighting butt, an item that comes in hany when battling big fish, and it looks better.

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Winston claims that this series of rod just might be the best fly rods ever built. If not then they are possibly the most versatile. The Boron series performs well in many different situations, which is exactly what a 6 wt should be able to do. This 6 wt is great for an angler who wants one rod to fish nymphs, streamers, and dry flies all with the same rod. The Boron series is the perfect rod for the angler who wants to have the best, but is also ready to pay the price, as they start at $755. Look around though and give it a try, you will get what you pay for. If you are not capable of purchasing a rod of this quality, I would suggest staying away until you can, because once you try it, all of the sudden the price begins to justify itself.

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*** For a series of rods that is very similar, but starts at $55.00 less, check out the Winston Boron II MX

 

One rod that is well beyond most budgets, but is well worth the price tag is the R.L. Winston Bamboo Light Trout Rod. Bamboo gives an angler the ulimate feel and sensitivity while offereing great line control. With the price tag this rod comes with, only fly fishermen and women with a large budget will be able to drop this kind of cash on a rod. One cast with a rod like this will show you why they are sought so much. If you decide to buy one then you might want to buy one from a company that has been building bamboo rods for over 75 years.

To Check out this rod, Click this link: Winston Bamboo Fly Rods