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Old 10-12-2010, 08:50 PM
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Got a question for you guys---has anyone use a 5 wt line on a 4 wt Temple Fork rod? I am trying to get a little more distance here. Thanks Bill
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You might want to do the opposite if it's pure distance you want. I lighter line will allow you to carry more line in the false casts without over-taxing the rod.
If it's just to gain a little more distance in fishing casts, going up one line weight shouldn't be a problem at all.
The best thing you can do really is try a 4 weight line from a buddy or fly shop before dropping down any coin on one.
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I've got a 4 wt TFO (J. Teeny). Because of it's fast action the guys at the fly shop set it with a Rio Grand which is 1/2 overweight. So the line is 4.5 wt. Can't make reference to any distance, but get more flex from the rod.
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IL agree with Jackster. What are you throwing for flies and where are you at now for measured distance? "Guessed at" distance doesn't count.

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Sorry I didn't mention flies, I am casting small poppers and some small hoppers on a super clear lake. I have a Remington 5wt. and the TF, is the 4 wt I am using. I think I may take the reel off the 5wt rod and mount it on the 4 wt and see what it is like ----the only problem is the balance with the rod, the reel I have on the 4 wt is lighter. Just wondering here.
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If I overline its usually to cause the rod to flex at shorter casting distances. Not sure that I have ever tried overlining for more distance. Interested in how it works for you. Will you post what you figure out?
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Default Re: Interchanging fly line

Jackster has it right.

I had overweighted a 2 wt with 3wt line and ended up with less line control over a certain distance.

If you need more distance, work on single and double hauls. Working on improving your line shooting is more beneficial than over lining a rod any day.
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[QUOTE=loydtruss;151538]Sorry I didn't mention flies, I am casting small poppers and some small hoppers on a super clear lake./QUOTE]

Poppers are tricky.

Its true that a skilled caster can cast farther with a matched or lighter line on a given rod, because they will be able to carry more line in the air. But there's basically no chance that you'll be able to put a 3wt line on a 4wt rod and turn over poppers at long distances. A 3wt line just doesn't have the oomph to turn them over, and a 4wt comes up a little short as well.

Switching to a 5wt line may indeed let you cast the poppers further, but a popper on a 5wt definitely won't be your longest casting option.

I'd actually recommend trying the diving version of the same fly with your 4wt line.

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Divers are more aerodynamic and thus turn over much better on lighter lines. They also look more like a frog and often produce better than poppers.
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Great response, Cliff. Right on in all respects!

It might be time to bite the bullet, Lloyd, and spring for a 6 wt.

Fly fishing should be relaxing and fun. Why beat yourself up trying to battle the phyusical laws of the universe?

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