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Default Line Option For Helios 9' 5wt Mid Flex

Having only ever fished with this rod, I would like to know what should be expected if the line was changed to a 6wt. I enjoy the rod greatly and although it was difficult to learn how to cast short distances, with much practice it has become easier. The rod does become noticeably sweeter after 30' of line is in the air and am wondering if it could be duplicated at shorter distances by changing line type or size without loosing the distance that is often needed where I fish?

The line installed by the shop when purchased is Scientific Anglers WF 5F, GPX Master Series. I would rather trust to the experience of the members to help guide me as opposed to an educated guess.

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Default Re: Line Option For Helios 9' 5wt Mid Flex

David,
If'n I was you I would head to the local shop with the Z-Axis in tow and throw every 5-6 weight line they have and go with what feels good for the type of fishing and distance you plan to use it.
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Default Re: Line Option For Helios 9' 5wt Mid Flex

I have the Helios 9' 6wt 7.5 mid flex. I use SA SHARKSKIN GPX or Windcutter II. No complaints at this end of the line.
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Default Re: Line Option For Helios 9' 5wt Mid Flex

I have the same rod you do. I like the orvis wonderline. It's done great for getting the line out and like you said, it works better the more line you have out.

I don't think overlining your rod will get you better action for shorter distances. I don't overline, but a few friends tell me that they overline to so they can cast better or that it loads the rod better.

I think your issue is more to do with the fact that your rod is a mid flex. A tip flex will be better for shorter distances and add to the sensitivity that you might be looking for.

For your situation, and I'm assuming you don't want to change rods, is work on a different casting technique like roll casting for shorter distances, or run a shorter leader with a stiffer butt that you can turn over easier.
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The new Orvis Hydros lines are OUTSTANDING!

I would check them out if I was you...
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I appreciate the input folks, still have more studying to do and will report back when further along in knowledge gained.

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