Line heavier than rod?
Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:00 PM
I just got a 5 wt. rod from Cabela and have a 6 wt. line sitting around unused.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:10 PM
WHAT THE HECK! Try that 6 on the 5 wt. If you feel the difference, buy the 5 wt line. Send the 6 line to me and I will find it a good home.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:12 PM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:17 AM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:29 AM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:07 AM
Overlining= good for loading rod in-close, short casts, or using slightly bigger flies
Underlining = good for carrying lots of line (taper-dependent though) for longer casts (Left Kreh often touts this point)
"Same"-lining (using recommended #) = best all-around line weight for diverse conditions and mid- to long distance casts
So you have to think about where and how you usually fish on the fly. If you never cast more than 40-50', you will probably be very happy uplining by one size (or using the "1/2" size up lines as mentioned in other posts). But rod action matters a bit, as whippy/noodle-like/medium action fly rods might feel out of control with even a one size increase, whereas the same line would feel perfect on a stiffer, faster stick.
For fun, rig up a few different spinning rods with your fly line and hold them at the top of the grip where it meets the blank. Make some casts on the lawn or water, and you'll be breaking these cognitive barriers to understanding how rod-loading works. All of these things are still governed by laws of physics, not by the marketing policies of gear manufacturers. NOTE: I don't recommend actually fishing fly lines on spinning rods, just an afternoon experiment. My 5'6" UL spinning rod slings a #6 fly line nicely
So rig it up and go fish!
Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:46 PM
Just as important as the rod, is the flies you normally cast. If you tend to throw larger or weighted flies, the five weight line may give a bit of trouble.
The weight of the line not only carries itself, but has to turn the fly over.
I try to keep the line matched to the rod, simply because as stated by Tim A, best all around for diverse conditions.
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