I use five weights for trout fishing. I have three that I use regularly for different situations, a Scott Radian, Scott Original G Series and a Sage TCR. These rods have served me well and I have not felt that any other rod would enhance my fishing catching ability.
This lead me to question whether I could actually use the Two weight single handed rod I bought for muscling redfin ten years ago while fishing for trout.
The rod is a Composite Developments Kiwi 2000 8 foot 3 piece, matched with a Waterworks clicker drag reel. The perch fishing was exceptionally disappointing. Cruising perch were suckers for just about whatever I threw at them, and none pulled any line off the two weight. So I only used it on perch a couple of times.
I’ve fished the two weight both to rising fish and to fish on drop offs. As long as there is no wind it is functional, though I have not caught any fish bigger than three pounds with it.
What fishing with the two weight taught me was the importance of getting technique right. Fishing a five weight allows me to take short cuts, make casts from sub optimal positions and not think as hard as I should about technique.
My two weight works fine – but only if I use it properly. This means getting right into position before attempting to cast, and making sure I have the right amount of line out before casting. I need to know where the cast going to go exactly. I need to get the right amount of line out before casting and I need to make an accurate cast first time.
The big difference between the two weight and the five weight is I cannot easily adjust my cast with the two and still cast accurately. I need to be much more careful in my positioning and not back my casting ability to save me if I have set up wrong.
I am not going to use the two weight very often, but I did find using it very helpful in terms of forcing me to concentrate on my technique.