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Old 09-26-2010, 05:31 PM
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May be grabbing a Scott X2s 7# and wanted to know, based on experiences, should I throw a true 7# line or upsize? Mostly freshwater stripers and bass and some saltwater.

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I don't own the rod but this may help anyway. If you are able to and plan to cast at least 60' of fly line then I would stick to trying a 7 wt line with the rod. If you find that you do a lot of short range casting then up lining may be beneficial to you.
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May be grabbing a Scott X2s 7# and wanted to know, based on experiences, should I throw a true 7# line or upsize? Mostly freshwater stripers and bass and some saltwater.

Thanks.
Hi RK,
Here's the reality. Rod and line make a fly delivery system. Throwing a trout, Steelhead, or Bonefish fly won't require much line mass to deliver them on a 7 weight rod. Now add to the picture large wind resistant flies. It is a completely different story.

With the large wind resistant flies that you will be throwing at Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and at some saltwater species, you can be using lines with head weights from 250 to 300 grains (about 9 to 10 weight). I demoed an X2s 7 weight a few years back for some river stripers. I threw flies as large as a 2/0 Clouser Deep Water Minnow easily using a 275 grain shooting head.

Now add in an x-factor like your casting stroke. The X2s isn't that fast, but it has a lot of butt strength. I have a naturally quick stroke, so the 275 grains that works for me may not work for you if you have a slower stroke. You may need 300 grains to slow the rod down.

I would visit your local fly shop to get their thoughts on lines for your specific region. I can make a good educated guess, but your local experts should be keyed on what will best work for you.

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