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Old 05-12-2012, 10:53 AM
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Default Line Wt.

I'm a beginner, and have just gotten a 6 wt rod.
Been practicing on grass (dry flies) and have been to a stream once.
My local shop put 4 wt. WF line on the rod, and I'm wondering,
am I losing anything by not having 6wt, line on it?
Is it easier or harder to cast with?
Thanks.
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My local shop put 4 wt. WF line on the rod, and I'm wondering, am I losing anything by not having 6wt, line on it?
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Is it easier or harder to cast with?
Harder. There is not enough head mass to load up the rod.

Go back to your shop and have the shop guy put a 6 weight line on your reel.

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Default Re: Line Wt.

There are situations where AFTMA standards mean you can use fly line a wt. heavier or a wt, lighter, but under lining by two wts is never a good idea. Have 6wt, line put on and you will instantly feel the differnece.
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Why would they put a 4wt on a 6wt...
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Why would they put a 4wt on a 6wt...
Ignorance? Lack of 6wt in stock?
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Default Re: Line Wt.

The line may not be the only problem.

The reel can also be a problem. It may be too small to hold a 6 wt line with 50 yards of 20 lb backing.

The fly shop created a mess for you. If they try to load a 6 wt line on, watch as they do it. Make sure they do not cut off the back end of the fly line to create extra space for the 6 wt line.

Also make sure that after the line is loaded, you have about 1/4 inch of "head space" or clearance between the line and the top edge of the spool. That is prevent binding of the line during fishing.

You are never as careful winding line in during fishing as they are in the shop when winding line. You will need that clearance space while fishing and to remove the spool.
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The important thing is that you get some good 6wt line on there
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Do us a favor and find out why they underlined you. We here can only guess but so far every one of those guesses could be right.

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If they didn't mention the problem with putting 4wt on a 6wt rod it makes me question their honesty. If there was an issue with room on the reel they should have said something.
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The only people that should have a 4 wt. line on a 6 wt. rod are expert distance casters. They are knuckle heads. Go back and have them fix that.

When you can cast well past 100' and carry a ton of line in the air, put the 4 wt. back on.
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