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IrishanglerJune 27th, 2008, 8:38 pm
Posts: 12I was curious to hear your opinions about over- or under-lining to change the casting characteristics of a fly rod. A friend of mine most frequently uses a 6-wt medium fast rod and started spooling 5-wt line, especially when throwing streamers, to get a little more pop on longer casts. He swears this makes it easier to accomplish this task. How sound is his reasoning?

GONZOJune 27th, 2008, 9:19 pm
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There's nothing wrong with using line weight to fine tune a rod to suit your taste. If your friend likes the way it works, that's all that really matters. Generally, under-lining a rod speeds up the action and over-lining slows it down. Some people over-line fast rods to make them work easier at short distance, and others under-line slower rods to let them carry more line without bogging down. If your friend is throwing heavy streamers, I'd say his reasoning is reasonable.
MartinlfDecember 12th, 2014, 4:12 pm
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Bumped up for Halperin.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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