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New to fly fishing. I'm trying to get suggestions on what weight rod I should be looking at, based upon the common NB sport fish.

I plan on fishing trout and bass from river banks and lakes using my boat. Honestly, I don't see myself getting several rods, so I'm looking for something as versatile as possible.

Is a medium-weight 9-foot 6wt appropriate? Too much rod? Not enough?

Thanks.
 

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If I were looking for a trout rod that could be used for larger bass flies, I would choose a 6 wt over a 5. If I were only buying one rod for some trout fishing while wading and also for use from a boat, I would lean toward an 8 foot rod instead of a 9 foot. The 9 foot gets a bit awkward in tight brooks with lots of trees and a shorter rod is much easier to work with in a boat when trying to net or grab a fish. So my vote is a mid priced 8 foot for 6 weight line.
 

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I'm with Twinfan on this one; bass flies, being surface or subsurface, are meaty. I think a 6wt would be a much better bet than a 5wt. The 6wt won't overdo it for trout flies, & will be more than capable for casting salmon flies for grilse, too.

I do my smallie fishing with a 7'10" 6wt for subsurface stuff & 7'6" glass 7/8wt for big, air-resistant poppers & the like.

I said it a couple days ago in the salmon forum: buy the rod for the flies you want to cast, not the fish you might catch
 

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Yes I'd also recommend the six weight; I started my son out with a medium-fast Redington Crosswater 9' six weight and he picked up the casting very well. He's had up to 10lb fish on it (salmon) with no trouble at all.
 

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Another option would be to get a reel with multiple spoons and differnt weight lines depending on what you using for flies. Most rods are able to be used for multi weight like 3-4 5-6 6-7 etc.
 
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