Fly lines

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Whitey, Oct 15, 2002.

  1. Whitey Active Member

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    I know somebody out there will know the answer to this one. I've been looking for a new fly line and have located some for super cheap. Problem is, it's an 11 wt. and I need a 8 wt. Could this work on a 7/8 reel! could I cut some fly line out? what is the major difference between fly line weights? Just for the record, the line I want is Cortland 444sl stealhead. found it for 11.95 new! :EEK YT
  2. Greg Member

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    AFTMA Line Standards are a weight measurement of the 1st 30-feet of the fly line (the end your leader goes onto.) These are the standards:

    Weight...Size (grains.....Tolerance
    1............60................54-66
    2............80................74-86
    3............100...............94-106
    4............120...............114-126
    5............140...............134-146
    6............160...............152-168
    7............185...............177-193
    8............210...............202-218
    9............240...............230-250
    10...........280...............270-290
    11...........330...............318-342
    12...........380...............368-392

    Could you use it? Maybe, depending on the rod and its stiffness, but will it be a good choice? Probably not. Why? Overloading by 3-line weights is really pushing the envelope BUT you could adapt your casting style to handle it although you won't be realizing maximum benefit from the system.

    Could you cut the head back? Yeah, I suppose you could...maybe trim back a little at a time and false cast in-between until it "feels" right, but you don't want to go below about 27 feet or casting it could feel very awkward. Oh, and don't forget there's a front taper, so you can't just divide 330 grains by 30feet and get an accurate wt/foot measurement. An accurate scale is useful here.

    Could you cut the 1st 30-feet and connect it to a running line as a shooting head? Probably, and perhaps the best choice of all if you decide you can't live without purchasing the 11-wt line but, then again, it requires you setting up a shooting head system.

    My $0.02: pass on the purchase and keep searching for the bargains...just because the price is cheap doesn't mean its a good choice for your intended use.

    Greg
  3. YAKIMA AKA: Gregory Mine

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    It sounds like a good example of how to overload your rod. That is a tad too much line wieght for it. Unless your really easy, you will blow up your rod. And when you will do it is when you forget you have this monster line on and try and cast to a fish just a bit out of reach and really lean back and try load up a lot of line.. How much do you like your rod is the main question. I wouldn't take the chance. The line may be cheap, but the cost of replacing the rod is more..It would probably fit on the reel, but you may not have the needed backing space...Buy a couple lines, sell them for a few dollars more, get the cash and buy the right one...
  4. SuperDave New Member

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    It may sound arrogant but the hardest thing about fishing is getting the time to go. Why mess with compromises when it comes to equipment? "Cheap ain't good and good ain't cheap" (a SuperDave "timeless wisdom")