Today I upgraded my fly gear. I wanted it to cover a range of scenarios as follows:
Murray cod, yellowbelly and the like down here in NSW,
Barra and Bass up on Lenthalls Dam and the creeks and rivers in SE QLD, and
Estuary work, namely flathead, tailor, smallish jew and bream etc in the estuaries and rivers, again SE QLD and NSW.
Some pelagic work if possible but not a huge priority
I walked in expecting to get another 6wt combo as I was not worry about casting for barra or cod. I was expecting to pay alot but I got a Nitro Distance 9 foot 8/9wt rod for $169.00 (i think it was mislabeled) and a Vision Deep 8wt reel for $100.00. Just gotta put backing and line on it and collect some leaders. I was persuaded to get the 8/9wt combo by the guys as they said with a lighter leader you can fish estuaries and heavier for barra and cod and they said on a windy day I will struggle to cast a larger flatty fly or bass popper with a 6wt.
I thought I would be over tackled for the flatty and estuary, but I am a complete novice so trust my friend who works at the store knowing well he has taken 40 species on fly in his many years fly fishing. I want to be able to fish with confidence
What is everyones opinion, did I buy right? Is an 8wt too much for a flatty? I have a 6wt Abu Garcia rod that I am gonna wack a better 6wt reel and line on, so I feel confident that I have all bases covered up to medium sized barra, but is the 8wt ok for what I want to use it for?
What leaders should I carry for barra, bass and then the estuary work?
Cheers in advance for any help.
Hobie Outback owner and lover!