Dose it matter that much, 30lb vs 25lb shooting line

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by USMC VET, Mar 11, 2013.


    USMC VET Member

    Besides the obvious poundage difference and the benefits of each.. for a spey rod setup, does it matter that much using 30lb vs 25lb shooting line?

    Sometimes I see 25lb on sale from Reo and other trusted makers..

    thanks, Ron
  2. RustE

    RustE drifting about

    For some of the floating running lines, the higher pound test equates to a larger diameter that is easier to grip.

    From a functional perspective, the leader is the lightest/weakest portion breaking at 10-15 pounds.
  3. mbowers

    mbowers Active Member

    You'll get more stretch from the 25lb under the same load (maybe around 20%) so it will give more shock absorption during the fight, but will also make the hook set less powerful.

    If you see a line on sale from Reo which claims it's a trusted maker you might want to pass on it for something from Rio.. :)