Is an 8 Weight Fly Rod Always the Best Choice?
Should I get an 8 weight fly rod? Is an 8 weight fly rod right for my needs? In fly fishing, 5 weight and 8 weight rods are the two most commonly-recommended rod sizes: the 5 for lighter freshwater, the 8 for heavy freshwater and a lot of saltwater fishing. If you can only have a single fly rod to cover the heavier end of things, the 8 is often a good pick. I've always owned a handful of heavier rods, yet I have largely ignored 8 weights in my 20+ years of fly fishing. That m