lines

#1
I have a 1973 Daiwa 8' #7. do the new lines work ok on this or do I need to put on larger guides? someone said the new lines are thicker then the older ones and you need to go to larger guides. I really like this rod and have no problem re-doing it. thanks for any info.
Outlaw
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#5
New lines will work just fine. Some of the rods I use are from the 1940's and 50's. The guides are sized for silk lines which are much smaller in diameter but I use modern lines on them all. Its not a problem.

TC
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
#6
As far as fitting though guides, the fatter modern plastic lines will be 100% fine.

Choosing a line taper is trickier. In my experience, glass and cane rods usually (though not always) work best with a line that has a long front taper. Examples include Rio LT and Wulff TT. Those are what I use on nearly all of my glass rods. On the other hand, I've had trouble finding a smooth groove with lines that taper aggressively from the tip to the fattest part of the belly, which includes most of the lines made for fast action rods today.
 
#7
the reason I ask is back in the 70's I always used a #7DTF and never had a problem with casting. on a good day 60' was nothing but most days 30 to 40 were better. I haven't fly fished since 1976 and now I am back to it. with the same pole and real I got a new improved weight forward 7f from a guy in England that he developed but for the life of me I can't cast worth crap with it. maybe I should go back to a DT7F if the new lines don't matter with this pole. thanks all for your answers. tight lines.
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