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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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More question on line weight ?????

Hello all,
I am new to spey casting and new to this site.
I think the hardest part for the newcomers to the world of spey is the understanding of line weights.
The thread below by beeg1 answered clearly how the spey line weight system differs to single hand system.
Still more question, though.
I am in the market for a spey line for my 10.5' #8 wt switch rod that I am building now. I understand I should be buying #10 or #11 wt single hand WF line.
But, if I buy spey line, do I have to buy #10wt also, or #8 ?????
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-27-2006, 10:18 AM
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contact the builder or manufacturer of the rod/blank and get their recommendation. They will know what should work best. Then try the suggested lines out to find out what works best for you. Personally, I will not buy another line without a chance to try it out - there are too many sitting in the bin that I do not use.

You can test the lines at a shop, with friends who might have them, or at a Clave. There are also a couple of sponsors that will allow you to try a demo line, with the only cost being the shipping back.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-29-2006, 11:15 AM
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Switch Rod line weights

I find that what the manufacturer recommends is not always to my liking. The switch rod is by its nature a very versatile tool. The rods action can usually be made faster or slower by lining up or down. That is to say you can change the rods action by changing the line weight. With a switch rod you can think outside the box. For overhead casting I prefer a medium fast action rod except where I am trying to lay a small dry fly on smooth, skinny water. There I find the more open loop of a medium action helps lay the fly down much softer so I carry both weights on spools matched to a single reel. The water I fish several times a year also lends itself to some Skagit style spey casting so when I go I add a third spool. One rod and three spools covers almost every conceivable condition.
The unfortunate part is you get there through trial and error. The manufacturers recommendations are a good start but in the end the "feel" and the intended use should dictate line choice. If you like building rods you probably also like tinkering around with casting actions. Its a great way to idle away a few hours when you can't get to the river. Let the mission dictate the means. In the end you get a rod that casts just like you want it to under a given set of conditions. That for me always works better than trying to adjust my stroke to suit the action or required delivery.
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