Yes, absolutely. Usually it's a safe bet to use any fly line within one fly light weight either direction of the weight of the rod. For example, a 8wt. rod could safely take either a 7 or a 9 wt. line. One thing you'll want to consider is the shape and function of the line you'll be casting. (*i.e. is it a Double Taper line (DT), a Weight Forward Floating (WFF), or even a sink tip line (which all cast differently depending on the rates at which they sink, since they might possibly be made of heavier/more dense material.) I would say that if you're just now beginning to fly fish, and you've got any floating line (either a DT or WFF), you'll be just fine fishing a 5 wt. line on a 6 wt. rod. If none of that made sense, that's o.k. too, because if so the line/rod combination isn't going to make any difference in your cast starting out. I hope I've been of help, good luck, and tight lines.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
The conventional answer that I've gotten from fly shop salesmen is that you can go up or down one weight. I've never tried it, though. My advice is to try it, if you already have the 5wt line and 6wt rod.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
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