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I picked up a Nextcast WA 55' head for use with my 8152-4 Burkheimer. I am planning to use this setup in a couple of weeks on the Skeena. A friend suggested I use a 15' Type 6 tip for six weight (85 gr.). Recognizing that depth/flow and fly selection are factors, does this sound like the right tip weight for good distance and turnover on long slow swings? I'll probably be using unweighted tubes in size 4 a good deal of the time.
 

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WA 8/9 is cut ca. 15' point and Rio wt.7 ( 95gr ) and and even wt. 8 ( 108 gr) works very well on CFB 8152-4

If FF 55 is cut at 17-18' point to make a custom WW 55, then turnover of tips is even better.

On WA 70 , 8/9 which has slightly inferior turnover capabilities ( also lover OD at 15' cut point) compare to WA 55, 15'/95 gr tip works very well.
 

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I've been fishing the WA 55 7/8 all winter. Love the line on both versions of my 1308 and 1608 Meiser Steel Head Master rods. I have fished and liked both a 15' Rio Type 3 and 6 in 8 weight. Throws both like they are a piece of mono. I have also been throwing a 15' Type 8 in 10 weight. It throws it fine although it is not the effortless and graceful loop that the 8 weight tips offer.

I hear Sazan on here all the time advising cutting the FF back to 18 and while I have no doubt that would allow you to chuck a heavier tip, for the fishing I like to do, I have no need to throw T11 or 14 with the WA. If I need that, I will fish a different line.
 

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At the 15' factory cut point you should have no trouble handling tips up to 15' Rio Type 8 109 grains. Simon's 15' tips weigh 120 and they are no trouble either. I am sure you could push it past 150 if wanted. Zero need to cut the line back further. Just get a WA 45' if you want a shorter line with a touch more oomph to flip over tips. I fish 15's on my 45' most of the time. 8/9 45' should be about 48' with a 15' tip. The last 8/9 55' WA I had my hands on was 52'.5' long. Cutting it back will basically put it at the same length of the 45'. No need to cut it back as it is.

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