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Old 07-23-2011, 12:06 AM
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Default overlining light weight rods?

im not a fan of over lining rods so to speak. the exception lately has been on my 2 - 4 weight rods in the 6 to 7 foot length. over lining by one seems to give me a much better casting srtroke as well as a better "feel" of the rod.


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What matters is that your rods are fine tuned for you.
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Default Re: overlining light weight rods?

I have sometimes considered overlining my small creek rods simply because at the distances I'm casting I never get out enough line to load the rod.
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Default Re: overlining light weight rods?

I can relate, I used to have a 7' 3/4wt Imperial, and with the 3wt line, it took a good bit of line out to flex it much.

I'm also generally against overlining, but occasionally put a 4wt on my 8'6" 3wt TFO when fishing really tight stuff.
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I can relate, I used to have a 7' 3/4wt Imperial, and with the 3wt line, it took a good bit of line out to flex it much.

I'm also generally against overlining, but occasionally put a 4wt on my 8'6" 3wt TFO when fishing really tight stuff.
I currently use a WF4F on that rod, Cliff. It behaves a bit better now.
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I currently use a WF4F on that rod, Cliff. It behaves a bit better now.
Glad you're enjoying it. It was just a skosh short for me.

It should behave well, I bought it from a preacher.
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Default Re: overlining light weight rods?

I actually just finished testing a new 3wt 7'-6" TFO. The rod has an Allen 3/4 trout series reel. I first tested the outfit with 3wt line, did some lawn casting in the backyard. I then tried the same rod with 4wt fly line... I had much better power and accuracy. The rod loaded perfectly. I was actually very impressed with the distance I could cast.

On larger rods, I typically do not upsize my line, but on 4 wt and below, I do see the benefits. Hope this helped.
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Default Re: overlining light weight rods?

Dennis said it. Tune your rod.
Most folks that I fish with out here (primarily Sage owners), up-line at least one wt. Often two....
What ever works for you.
Dud rods have been reborn due to line experimenting.
And great rods are better fitted for waters we fish.

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im not a fan of over lining rods so to speak. the exception lately has been on my 2 - 4 weight rods in the 6 to 7 foot length. over lining by one seems to give me a much better casting srtroke as well as a better "feel" of the rod.


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Have you ever used the common cents system to see what the rods really should be rated? There are a ton of rods out there that are misrated by at least one. It would be interesting to see if they did that because they want you to think they cast far for a light rod. Underlining is a good way to get distance. If your rods are actually rated one higher than what they say they would be intentionally having you underline by one.
Might be worth checking.
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Default Re: overlining light weight rods?

All my small stream rods are vintage glass
No need to over line and one I under line,
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