I’m still definitely torn between the two. As far as salt, I have a TFO axiom 2X 9 weight which I do the majority of my striper fishing with and I really enjoy ripping that rod.
I also have 2 ll bean quest rods, a 5 and 9 weight that I bought a couple years ago when I wasn’t sure that I would stick with fly fishing. Now I just keep those two rods for friends to use or as a backup.
Speaking of backups, I snapped the tip of my recon at the Farmington last week and now I’m using that LL bean 5 weight as my primary. I haven’t casted the rod since I became good at casting, and man can I bomb that thing. It’s definitely not great with delicate presentations or soft tippet ( had 2 fish break me off on 6x the other day) but it throws nice loops with heavy indi rigs and weighted streamers. I was surprised at how much better it casts heavier rigs than my recon 5 weight. I even moved my reel and line from my recon (lamson guru) and put it on the LL bean rod and it still seemed to cast much better than my recon. Anyone have any insight to this? Is that just because the recon is softer and the bean more of a power rod? Or is it possible my recon is underlined? It’s lined with RIO WF5 line.
Casting the bean rod definitely made me lean towards a true 6 wt as the rod didn’t take nearly as many false casts/double hauls to get heavier rigs out. My two concerns with getting a 6 is that I already have a 5, and I also only like to bring 1 rod with me fishing. I often switch from dries, to nymphs, to heavy streamers depending on what I see, and I’m not sure a 6 will do well with the dries and lighter nymphs. This is also the reason that I probably wouldn’t buy a 7wt at this point as it wouldn’t do well for the majority of my trout fishing, although I do like the idea off having all odd numbers rods ie: 3, 5, 7, 9.
The 3-4 weight definitely piques my interest as well as I fish quite a bit of smaller water loaded with small brookies and browns.
Either way, when I get my recon back from Orvis I’m going to take it along with my new cheeky reel to bears den and see what Scott suggests.
Appreciate the input from y’all.