7 Weight Fly Rod: Uses and Benefits

7 weight fly rods are the perfect utility rod for a variety of applications. From throwing streamers with heavy sink tips to casting to tailing bonefish in a headwind, a 7wt fly rod can do it.

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They are capable of handling larger fish and larger flies without breaking a sweat – the 7wt is the rod of choice for anglers fishing for:

  • Large trout
  • Steelhead
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass
  • Carp
  • Bonefish
  • Redfish
  • Small stripers
  • Smaller pike and pickerel

Best 7 Weight Fly Rod

Whether you’re making short, quick casts with heavy sink tip and large streamers or casting shrimp patterns long distances for tailing bones, the characteristics of a great 7 weight fly rod are the same.

The best 7 weight fly rod includes characteristics such as:

  • Fast-action
  • Powerful
  • Accurate
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7wt vs 8wt Fly Rod

7wt fly rods are often considered to be a more finesse 8wt rod. They are typically lighter than an 8wt and can deliver more delicate casts and presentations. This becomes important when there is a school of skittish bonefish 60 feet in front of you and an accurate, delicate cast needs to be made to have a chance of hooking one. In situations like these, the 7wt out-shines the 8wt.

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7wt Fly Rod For Saltwater

A good 7wt fly rod for saltwater should be fast, accurate, and powerful to make a good presentation – especially when chasing cruising fish on the flats. An angler must be ready and able to throw casts at 30 to 70 feet with 1-2 false casts. In these situations, a fast-action, powerful rod is important.  

The Douglas SKY 7904 is an outstanding 7wt fly rod for saltwater.

Why Own A 7 Weight Fly Rod

If you’re looking for a rod that can handle a variety of fishing techniques, specifically for larger fish, then you’ll want to add 7 wt fly rod to your quiver. They excel at casting large flies, streamers with sink tips, handling wind, and casting long distances.

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Douglas 7 Weight Fly Rods

We offer several 7 weight fly rods at different price points, including:

Visit a dealer near you to cast and purchase a Douglas 7 weight fly rod, or see our online dealers to have one delivered to your door.

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