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5 wt fly rod for salt water

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Well, I’m sure most anything would work. Probably a smart idea to choose something with corrosion-resistant guides and reel seat. I prefer a “fast” to “medium fast” action, and a little extra length. 

 

The smallest I’ve  used in saltwater have been 6 wts. Both the Sage VXP and the Loop Opti Coast worked well for me when fishing for snapper blues and schoolies. With a Rio OBS they’ll cast small clousers (if that’s what you’re into) and anything else you’re likely to use for smaller fish. They’ll even throw some larger flatwings. 

 

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Find used. Their current lineup for SW starts at a 7 wt., tells you something.

Or try TFO Mangrove series, don’t know lower weights.

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I've used a 5wt (an old T&T Horizon 865) with click reel for stripers up to @30", shad, scup, and searobbins.   Works OK but the larger bass were a PIA.  Fight time is more determined by tippet than rod number, and I use 10-12# tippet.   The main issue is line choice.  I used a 5wt MPX or 6wt cheap SA frequency intermediate (that sinks poorly).  Neither were ideal.  Throwing size 4 clousers with small eyes (or size 2 unweighted stuff) is possible but you need to keep them very sparse to get down (the fish prefer this anyways).  In the spring I did well with size 8 goldies.   If I want to fish light now I use a Sexyloops HT 6wt (yeah, jarring name but considered a great casting rod) with a Sage Spectrum LT 5/6 reel (sealed drag and very light) and a Mastery Standard 6wt line that works great (the long head and extra mass handle clousers better than shorter head lines IMO.....less hingeing).  It is 9 ft and faster action. I don't think I land the fish any faster although I'm more afraid of breaking the rod so I tend to be gentler. The reel with a drag is better as well.  I think it will also be fun for bonito but they have not shown yet.     

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I use a 6wt. 9.6 2 pc custom made with Pac Bay 39 million modulus graphite. Works on stripers to 25-27" in max, also my steelhead rod when float fishing. :rav:

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I feel like you should just do the fish a favor and buy at least a 7. A five weight is light and why add additional stress to the fight of a 14” bass? They’re sorta the future of an already pretty dismal fishery, so why not just catch them on a properly weighted rod without feeling like you need to buy yourself a better fight? It’ll cast better and allow you to cover more water with the appropriately sized flies as well. 

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I don't think I've ever seen a commercially sold 5 wt built with a fighting butt.  If you do get a 5 wt for the salt, I would try to find one that can be altered to add a fighting butt. Some reel seats have a bottom cap that can be pried  off.  If that operation can be performed, there are

ways of altering pre-made fighting butts to fit inside the blank.

 

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TFO Axiom 2X has a fighting butt - that would be a good rod for a saltwater 5wt; it's fast  and can carry a lot of line. I have the 7wt and really like it for 'prospecting'  on the flats.

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17 mins ago, Rover 1 said:

Use an 8 weight. light enough to be fun on smaller fish but have enough backbone for something larger.

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And it won't kill fish unnecessarily with fatigue, as a 5wt will.

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1 hour ago, MikeFlyGuy said:

I don't think I've ever seen a commercially sold 5 wt built with a fighting butt.  If you do get a 5 wt for the salt, I would try to find one that can be altered to add a fighting butt. Some reel seats have a bottom cap that can be pried  off.  If that operation can be performed, there are

ways of altering pre-made fighting butts to fit inside the blank.

 


Just off the top of my head, the current Sage X 591-4 and 597-4 have fighting butts.

There are some others out there.

A used Xi3 589-4 might be a good choice if you can find one and like fast rods.

Though not for stripers, I used a Sage RPL 590-4 for a number of years in the salt.

Good luck in the hunt.

SF

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