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Old 02-07-2013, 06:28 AM
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I am new to the awesome sport and this site.Need some help understanding fly line lanuage.Shooting heads/gpx/ect ect.magnum head and so on what does all this mean and what are different applications for each? Or a link that explains them in lay mans terms.
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Most of it is just marketing hype.

The main thing you want to learn are the different parts of the fly line and luckily, there are only 2 main parts.

The head and the running line.

The head is the heaviest part of the line and every head has a different taper. The taper basically means the shape.

The running line is behind the head and is the part of the fly line that attaches to the backing on your fly reel.

The whole magnum, gpx, etc...that is just what that manufacturer calls the line - it's like naming a pet.
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Also to note. GPX, trout, etc will all have different tapers.

Youtube is also a great place to learn. Though all the guys here are pretty kickass and can answer stuff better than just about anyone. Also if you have a local fly shop I highly suggest hanging around there. Get to know them and they typically will show you the ropes. You will come to find fly fishermen and women are some of the nicest people in the world after one thing and that is to relax and catch some awesome fish.
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Were I get lost is when I ask local shop what line I should use 4 staff tell me 4 diifernent answers lol.I have a new 9 weight rod for salmon fishing and want a floating weight forward line they tell me but some same magnum head/shooting head and suggests differnent brands.It becomes a little confusing.
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Were I get lost is when I ask local shop what line I should use 4 staff tell me 4 diifernent answers lol.I have a new 9 weight rod for salmon fishing and want a floating weight forward line they tell me but some same magnum head/shooting head and suggests differnent brands.It becomes a little confusing.
Typical nonsense but not entirely wrong.

The fact of the matter is that there really is no right answer.

As a new fly fisherman, you need to stick to the basics and forget the whole shooting head thing for now. Before you can worry about shooting line, you need to have the fundamentals of the cast first.

You want a good general all purpose weight forward fly line - I have a preference for the Scientific Anglers GPX line. It's a very versatile line that works well in many situations and I use it for a lot of my steelhead and salmon fishing in the local creeks/rivers.
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Agreed, fly fishing line brands are like tires everyone has their favorite. I to like Scientific Anglers stuff I am using the Mastery Textured right now, but you can find a their entry level stuff for 30-40 dollars that will work great also. Just focus on your casting and of course having fun.
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Typical nonsense but not entirely wrong.

The fact of the matter is that there really is no right answer.

As a new fly fisherman, you need to stick to the basics and forget the whole shooting head thing for now. Before you can worry about shooting line, you need to have the fundamentals of the cast first.

You want a good general all purpose weight forward fly line - I have a preference for the Scientific Anglers GPX line. It's a very versatile line that works well in many situations and I use it for a lot of my steelhead and salmon fishing in the local creeks/rivers.
Some really great answers in the postings above. I like this one in particular.

First, all single hander line weights are measured in just the first 30 feet of the line. AFTMA says a 5wt will be between this/that number of grains. What the manufacturer does from there is where their 'magic' comes into play.

Different head tapers, different coating materials, etc. But that 'first 30 feet' is a given. Only odd off of this is a full on double taper line. The first 30 still counts as to the line weight designation, but after you get more beyond that you are adding significant extra weight into the cast.

Beyond that, as eloquently noted, most of the rest is marketing hype.
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