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Old 06-13-2011, 04:39 PM
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Default When is it a good idea to overline?

I've never overlined a rod but I am thinking of using an 11 wt sage equator general-purpose saltwater line on my 10 wt xi2. How would it affect my casting?
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Default Re: When is it a good idea to overline?

I'm generally opposed to overlining, but I've cast that rod, and its pretty damn stout.

Overlining that rod would bend it more deeply with the same length of line out, and make it easier to cast bigger flies. It would probably help you get casts out quicker when fishing from the deck of a boat as well.

Downside is you're throwing more weight which can get tiring, and it may open your loops up and thus interfere with throwing into the wind.

On that rod, I say go for it. (with a real 11wt line, not a Outbound, which is actually a 13wt)
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I'm generally opposed to overlining, but I've cast that rod, and its pretty damn stout.

Overlining that rod would bend it more deeply with the same length of line out, and make it easier to cast bigger flies. It would probably help you get casts out quicker when fishing from the deck of a boat as well.

Downside is you're throwing more weight which can get tiring, and it may open your loops up and thus interfere with throwing into the wind.

On that rod, I say go for it. (with a real 11wt line, not a Outbound, which is actually a 13wt)
How much would it affect throwing big flies into the wind? It is generally pretty windy out here on the west coast.
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Default Re: When is it a good idea to overline?

Well, if its a bulky air resistant fly, the heavier line will be more effective at towing it through the air. Any time you're casting a fly, the air resistance of the fly is counteracting the inertia of the fly line. That's why you can throw a bass bug so much further with a 8wt than you can with a 5wt.

However, you still need to make tight loops to penetrate the wind. Its like if you teed up a golf ball and a tennis ball, and then whacked them equally with a big bertha. The golf ball is going to fly further because its more aerodynamic, despite the fact that a tennis ball weighs nearly twice as much. Tight loops work better for the same reason.

By overlining that rod, you may find it easier to throw wide loops, but its still very possible to tighten them up by adjusting your casting stroke and haul.
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