can i get away with a 5 wt for the Wisconsin below point but above plover?
smallies, can throw lighter poppers or clousers
Nobody knows their stuff like Rock River Tom. I will agree and say at least 6 weight for Wisconsin River smallies. I can get away with 5 weight for Largemouth and small stream smallie, but those big Wisconsin river smallie have a violent rush that snaps 5 weight. If the water is tea colored, you can get away with the 7 weight no problem. I like crayfish streamers as my best smallie fly
You can do it, but you might get abused if you hook into anything 18" or better. I like a six or seven weight. I can still handle the occasional big fish, without having too much rod for smaller fish. Have fun, smallies are a blast on the long rod.