Fly fishing gear is distinctly different than the spinning rod and reel used on still water like lakes and ponds. Picking the right line and rod for the type of fishing you plan to do can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re transitioning from traditional spin fishing to fly fishing. Today, we’ll discuss the differences between the weights of line and rod.

dreamstime_xl_2294565One through Three Weights

Fly rods and lines with a weight of one to three are suited best for smaller fish and smaller water. These lines are incredibly light and may not be able to stand up against a larger trout or bass without breaking off. The corresponding rod weight will give you the best cast with the line and fly you’re using. When in doubt, match the rod weight to the line weight for best results.

Four and Five Weights

Rods and lines with weights four or five are the perfect choice for a majority of your fishing experiences in Estes Park. Whether you’re fishing on lake Estes or in the Big Thompson, these weights are able to stand up to even the biggest trout, while still being light enough to catch smaller fish like crappie and small cutthroat trout.

Six Weight – The All-Around Weight

If you’re looking for the best all-around line and rod for fishing Colorado’s lakes and rivers, weight 6 is your best bet. It’s a versatile weight, perfect for catching trout and medium-sized bass. While it can be overkill for the smaller trout, you’ll still be able to catch a large variety of sizes and species with this weight.

Seven Weight and Above

In Colorado, lines and rods with weights seven or higher are often too heavy to use well on the species readily available. These weights are perfect for larger sportfish like salmon, and steelheads, but they’ll be overkill for the small brook and rainbow trout of the Big Thompson.


No matter what kind of line or rod you’re looking for, Kirk’s Fly Shop has the right gear for your next fishing excursion. Visit our shop in downtown Estes Park or contact us to reserve your rental gear today!