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Hi Folks,
Just wondering what length of line should a 12'6" rated for a #8/9 be able to lift off the water?
I'm talking max length really, before the rod feels overloaded.

Also, would a SA 8/9 spey xlt be suitable for a 12'6" rod of the same rating or are these lines more suited for a rod with a higher rating.

Any help will be most appreciated.

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Beaconbeige.
 

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I have the Scott 1287 12'8" - a bit longer thatn 12'6" and use the 7 wt xlt with it quite a bit. You can lift close to the entire head - maybe holding at around the 90 foot mark or a bit shorter.
 
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