A (Fairly) Good Day for the Five-Weight

Today was tidal creek stomping day with Toby Lapinski, he armed with his light spinning gear and me with my trusty five-weight. The wind was a bit of an issue for me — as was casting room — but once I reacquainted myself with the nuances of casting a three-fly team with a 9-weight line on the 5-weight rod, everything was jake. We hit two marks on the incoming tide. One was a total blank, and the other produced for both of us. Nothing large, but enough to put a nice bend in our rods. It sure didn’t feel like December.

In these politically charged times, here’s something we can all agree on.

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This one didn’t make it. We saw scores of dead bunker, especially at the second mark. Many had bird wounds (post mortem?). Apparently there was a substantial fall invasion of these crazy menhaden.

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You’ll experience fewer tangles with a three-fly team if you slow down your stroke and open your loop a bit. Photo courtesy of Toby Lapinski.

4 comments on “A (Fairly) Good Day for the Five-Weight

  1. James Joseph Berry says:

    9wt line with a 5wt rod ???

  2. William A Giokas says:

    One time Kenny Abrams came to the Cape and he had us all take the reels off our rods then we tried them with different line weights. Very interesting exercise . Steve, is your rod one of Abrams Stick? Bill

    • Steve Culton says:

      That’s a great little eye-opener, isn’t it? This rod is an old TFO TiCr 9′. Very fast and the 9-weight Outbound slows the casting stroke nicely. Funny thing! I use the same line when casting my 10.5′ Ken Abrames Salmon Saxitilis #3 (not a 3-weight, just a numerical designation).

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