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Thread: The 10wt dilemma

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    Default The 10wt dilemma

    I'm off to Cuba at the end of June. Part of the recommended tackle is a good 10wt rod with a quality reel that can hold 200m of 30#. I don't own either. This outfit is for permit & small tarpon. I'm taking a 12wt for big tarpon & an 8wt for bones, as recommended by the outfitter.

    I'm looking for recommendations for a decent outfit. Right now the debate I'm having in my head is do I spring for the big (huge) bucks & go top of the line or would something better priced do as well.

    Alternatively, if anyone has a quality 10wt set up they're willing to part with, I'd be keen to hear of it.
    Mike Mitchley

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    Couple tangential ideas

    What reels are you using on the 12wt and 8wt outfits? Would either cover a 9wt or 10wt rod as well?

    Small tarpon won't need 200m of backing - a really really good permit on open terrain might. A typical 9wt or 10wt floating line cut a bit shorter from the back to say 90ft length may fit comfortably on a typical 8wt reel with plenty space for 200m 30lb backing.

    (Not trying to demonstrate how "snoep" I am, just trying to give you some practical wiggle room )

    And what about taking a 9wt rod as a "backup" for the 8wt but still very usable where you might've wanted the 10wt?
    The vast majoirty of small tarpon and permit will still be safely subdued on an 8-9wt - for safe release I'm talking.
    Delivering big heavy crab patterns might be a tad more challenging - but a Rio Clouser taper in 9wt packs a lot of punch for bigger flies on a fastish 8wt or typical 9wt.
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    Some good thoughts. Thanks.

    The 12# reel is a Shilton SL7. The 8# reel is an ancient Lamson 3.5. The Lamson won't have space for a 9#. They recommend floating lines. I have a decent 9# rod (Loomis GLX) that I got for Xmas. Just need to get a good reel for it. I guess I could use that for the small tarpon/ permit thing. I have no experience of catching fish of that size on a 9# so I appreciate your viewpoint that a 9# will do it.
    Mike Mitchley

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    Good stuff Mike. The 9wt GLX is absolutely perfect for the job
    Think of your 9wt GLX as your back-up 8wt and your stand-in 10wt.
    That is exactly the sort of thing I do when trying to keep things simple for an OS fishing trip.

    I use a Lamson Litespeed 3X on my 8wt for bonefish.




    So I would expect a Lamson 3.5 should suit a 9wt but I realise on some of the older models capacity might be an issue.

    But then the good news is that you're only up for a nice 9wt reel and line
    Last edited by William Ewels; 08-03-13 at 05:04 PM.
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    u can pick up a stealth bomber 10w for R1500...great rod for that price...
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