I think an 8 wt. is indeed a good choice for the Bay. I use one here in the Chesapeake and also in Tampa. I also use a 9 wt. occasionally here, not so much to catch large fish, which I normally do not do, but to battle the wind. Sometimes a heavier rod is actually less tiring to use for prolonged periods than a lighter rod that you have push into the wind or strain to throw larger flies with.
But like most of us who use conventional tackle and have more than one spinning or baitcasting rod, I have a number of fly rods, from a 4wt. to the 9 wt. I mentioned above. I often carry two -- one strung with a streamer and one with a surface fly. For the Bay I typically carry a 5/6 wt. and an 8/9 wt. For smaller waters I drop back to a 4 wt. and a 7 wt.
Lastly, stay tuned. A designated fly fishing thread is coming to this forum. I'm glad for that and pleased to see the topic gaining momentum on Snaggedline.
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