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Old 04-14-2009, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: Alpha line rating

Here's an AFTMA chart. Modern 2 weight lines (corresponding to an old H level line) should come in at 80 grains. Most manufactures don't label the exact weight in grains, and that is a bone of contention among some, but generally they will fall within the range of tolerance, unless they are specifically marketed as being a bit heavier (like the Rio Grand or SA GPX). So basically any modern 2 weight line should work fine in your choice of tapers should work fine if it's replacing an old "H" level line.

Weight Grains Tolerable Range:
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
Grains are weighed over front 30 feet of the line.

Hopefully you can get some answers from EC, but in the meantime, I think you mentioned that you have a 5 weight outfit too?

If so, if you have doubts about the rods true line weight, try the 5 weight line on it. If it's a 2 weight, the line will be significantly heavier and should really slow the rod down, and you'll feel it really bending down to the cork with 30 feet of line out of the tip at approx 130-150 grains. But if it seems to load pretty well with 15-20 feet of fly line or so out of the tip, it's probably a 2 loading up at 70-90 grains. Don't over do it and cast for the horizon because you may stress the rod. Just feed a little line out at a time, starting with 5 feet and gradually feed out some line to get a sense of the sweet spot for the rod. You should be able to ball park the rod's line weight by judging it's behavior by how much 5 weight line you have out side of the tip to get a rough confirmation if it's a 2 weight.

It's also a way of getting an idea of what line to choose for the rod for your casting stroke and the distance you'll actually be fishing at, regardless of the label...

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