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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Building a rod, what line to start with?

Hello. I'm building a spey rod. I'll actually be giving it as a gift, but was hoping to give it a couple of casts first.
I've got a few reels set up for saltwater, though and was hoping that one of them would be enough to try out the rod.
The rod I'm building is a 12'6" 7wt, and the line options are a weight forward 8wt, double taper 8 wt, and a 10 weight shooting head. Are any of them going to work?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 11:47 PM
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Of the three, I'd start with the 10-wt. shooting head.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I'll give it a go. Of course I won't have the rod completed for another month or so... I guess I'm getting ahead of myself.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 04:51 PM
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I'd venture a guess

Unless you will be overhead casting, a 10 wt (290 grains) 30 ft head for a single hand rod is not going to be even close. A 12'-6" 7wt spey/switch rod is going to need 450 grains minimum, 36 ft or longer head plus one rod length minimum leader.

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