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Old 03-03-2012, 07:56 AM
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Default Line size question?

I'm sure we've all bought a used reel with line already loaded on the spool. Some line being new and some not so new. Most times the spool isn't labeled as to what it's been loaded with. My question is this. How can one make a somewhat accurate determination as to the size of the line you have found on that reel. Sure the reel maybe rated or prescribed for a particulair line but everyone dont always do as prescribed. Are there diameters or any other criteria that would give us this answer. Sometimes the line on the reel is of a newer varity and still in good shape so why throw it away. Any ideas guys?
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Weight the first 30' then refer to a line weight chart or... put it on a few rods and decide which feels best for you. Doing that, line weight won't matter.

Here's a chart -

Fly Lines : Fly Line Weight and Measurement
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This answer may be rather crude but here goes. Do a visual comparison against your other lines, string it up to your best guess rod and give it a try. It shouldn't take much line past the rod tip to quickly tell if you have over or under lined.

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This answer may be rather crude but here goes. Do a visual comparison against your other lines, string it up to your best guess rod and give it a try. It shouldn't take much line past the rod tip to quickly tell if you have over or under lined.

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David, line diameters will change with each manufacturer and type of line (sinking, floating et al)
The standard used is by weight, even though many feel that standard needs to change.

As of now, line weight is the only real constant we have.
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Default Re: Line size question?

I do have a very precise set of electronic scales here in the shop. On your recommendation i'll try that 30' method and refer to the chart you mention. I've got a bunch of unlabled line in good shape. Curious to know the size. I know my 1 wt lines were $80 a pop so why throw something that is good in the trash. Thanks guys.
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Default Re: Line size question?

I believe umpqua offered a fly line scale in the past where you coiled the first 30' of line and it weighed it in both grams and aftma weight. Maybe do a search for one of these scales. If I remember correctly they were around 20$.
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For the first thirity feet;

Fly Line # Actual Weight in Grains
1 60
2 80
3 100
4 120
5 140
6 160
7 185
8 210
9 240
10 280
11 330
12 380
13 420
14 455

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How do you convert grams or ounces to grains?
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How do you convert grams or ounces to grains?
Grains to Ounces conversion chart - Weight conversions

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Why not ask the person you bought the reel from?
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