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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originator: JohnDate: 1/17/2002 7:36 PM
What determines if a line a right for a particular rod?  Is it solely head weight, or are there other considerations such as weight distribution within the head, stiffness, density, etc?
If I am happy with a Rio 8/9/10 Windcutter, what other lines would cast similarily?  I ask this because a 8/9/10 Wincutter wieghs 585 grains.  The best match based solely on weight for a Mid-Spey would be a 7/8 (560), for an Accilerator would be a 7/8 (600), for a Wincutter with Upgrade would be a 6/7/8 (600), and for a new Airflow would be a 8/9 (575).
If you were choosing a replacement line, would YOU go solely on weight?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2002, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: DanaDate: 1/17/2002 8:31 PM
Hi John! Great topic!

Currently there isn't any universal standard as to what constitutes a two-handed rod or line of any given weight. In my experience there are a number of variables that go into the determination of whether a line is "right" for a particular rod. Specific to a line, factors such as taper design, distribution of weight in the head section, and the kinds of materials used in the line's contruction can all play a role in how the line "feels" during casting to an individual caster. Take the Windcutter and the new Airflo Delta tapers, for example: at first blush they seem similar (overall head length and grain weight are pretty close, for example) but when you put them on a rod and cast them they feel quite different, at least to me.

Beyond the lines themselves, other factors such as rod action and the caster's own preferences will play an important role in line selection. Ultimately, the very best way to pick a line is to cast one with your own gear. Ask your fly shop--some have demo lines you can try.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2002, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 1/18/2002 12:18 AM
My 2 cents here.
Dana, as usual, is right on the mark in my humble opinion (probably why he runs this board!) It's not just the 'grains' that go into the head that make the difference. Look at the length of the taper that the 'grains' are distributed over. May have my order off here, but the WC has a fairly short head, hence the 'shootability.' The Acltr is considerably longer, ditto the Wulff TT's for a given line wt. All of these will create a marked difference in the feel/castability of a given rod.
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