Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The mid-Pacific.
Go with what you already know. In my honest opinion there are some very limited ideas out there on how to match a line to a rod.
If you were to go by the AFFTA chart you will see that it is a shooting head, i.e., it is under 50 feet in length. Skagit heads are shooting heads just the same. Most FallFaves and WinterAuthorities are heads these days but there are some integrated versions still available. All of mine are.
You'll notice the weights listed range from .966/+1.036 grains for each style or category of line (head, short, mid, and long-belly). This is one reason the grains listed by AFFTA are likely to be considerably lighter than any of the various line-recommendation charts that have been put together by various manufactures. Manufactures will make a line heavier, or simply label their product however that they see fit for various reasons. Reason can be to create a powerful taper ( i. e., the funnel taper) to cast into a strong wind, to cast heavy flies, or to shoot further. Also, and very generally-speaking heavier lines are easier to cast.
I've noticed that all the other line recommendations charts are set-up around a "grains window " and on the commonly accepted idea that a certain style of line should fall within a prescribed range within the window. For example: That for any given rod "A scandi should be light, or left in the window, a skagit-head should be heavier than and/or ranging mid to right in the window" and so on for each style/category. T Right?
What Im getting at is that it seems this idea is often (not all ways) so widely accepted that whenever a match-up is made, or recommendation is given that is not of the same opinion it is often questioned.