Airflo 40+ question

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  1. greenriver

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    should these lines be matched to the rods stated weight or overweighted?
    going to use it on a 10' 8 weight GL3. thanks
     
  2. D3Smartie

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    matched
     
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    I agree, matched. Unless your rod is super fast/stiff, a 10' GL3 is not.
     
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    Actually, most shooting head lines like the 40+ are going to start out a little overweight as it it. The first 30' will probably weigh in as an AFTMA 9wt line. (Never been able to find specs on the 40+, so I'm generalizing here.)

    And, that line has a 42' head, and the general technique is to aerialize and throw the whole head with the running line zinging out behind it. So, even with an 8wt 40+ you're gonna bend that GL3 to the butt. I'd probably say match the line and the rod, but if you're going to consider anything else, I'd recommend underlining it a weight or so.
     
  5. Ed Call

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    My new to me G Loomis 10' 6wt throws the airflo 40+ in 6wt better than I deserve. My Sage 10' 7wt throws the airflo 40+ in 7wt better than I deserve. Best of luck.
     
  6. Steelie Mike

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    The Forty Plus has a 35 foot head with 17 feet in the front, 17 feet in the belly and a foot around the tip of the line. In regards to going up one line weight on the rod, I would suggest trying the line out on the specific rod you want to cast first.
     
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    6wt 40+ on a 9'6" Z-Axis works great.
     
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    Ah, the site I got my specs from had the blurb for the 40+ and the specs for the 40+ expert. My bad for not double checking (or knowing that the official Airflo site is called flylines.com). I still haven't seen any grain weights anywhere. Maybe someone could post a link to those.

    I've owned several GL3s over the years, including an 8wt. They're nice rods and I caught a ton of fish with them. But the action of a GL3 is a bit different than the action of a Z-Axis.
     
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    shotgunner Anywhere ~ Anytime

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  11. Keaten LaBrel

    Keaten LaBrel Formerly Tyinbugs

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    with 10' id go with a 9wt 40+
     
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    The eight weight Forty Plus head weights around 330 grains on my grain scale.
     
  13. Mike (Doc) LaCombe

    Mike (Doc) LaCombe Member

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    Just purchased my new 10' echo ion 7wt with airflo 40+ 7wt intermediate line yesterday. This is my 4th echo rod and I like them. Now if I could just cast like Tim. Been out practicing in the back yard. I am up to 80'. Practice practice practice.

    Mike
     

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