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    Fellows:

    I recently purchased a Hardy LRH spare spool that had a line on it as a not necessarily wanted bonus. However, it appears nearly brand new and I hope to get some use out of it. Based on the amount of backing for that spool and the capacity/fit, it is by all appearances, a five weight, and a sinker (checked that in a bucket) as its a quite handsome deep forest green color and also a weight forward. I put it on my powder scale and it comes in at 420 grains. From this, can any one make a good guess as to what it is?...Brand?...sink type? (1,2,3) etc?...? Thanks for any and all ideas.

    Dennis

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    just weight the first 30 ft of line than go to the aftma line weight's should give you an weight standard for llinesof that size. for a single hand rod

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    Just my guess on what I have, a TYPE II by either Orvis or Rio.

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    Fellows:

    Thanks for the interesting and thoughtful replies. Tricky, you could say, trying to handle the first thirty feet of a fly line in attempting to weigh it on a powder scale accurate to the 1/10 grain! Not sure how'd you do that. Anyway, was in my local shop and the guy noted that the missing ID sticker left a round mark on the backside of the spool, and he claimed that Cortland is the only manufacturer that uses round stickers, so the mystery continues!

    Thanks again and any additional thoughts appreciated!

    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joni View Post
    a TYPE II by either Orvis
    If it is a deep forest and Orvis then it is likely to be a type III

    -A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyspey View Post
    just weight the first 30 ft of line than go to the aftma line weight's should give you an weight standard for llinesof that size. for a single hand rod
    Am I wrong, I don't know a lot about this, but I have looked at AFTMA line standards and aren't nearly if not all current lines rate appoximately 1.5 to 1.75 or more than what the AFTMA standard says. All the lines I've looked at have been anyway.
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    umpqua sales a spring scale for lines

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    sandfly/ bob
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    The type III Orvis is quite similar in appearance to what I have, but the round mark where the sticker was on the spool is what I've been told assures it is a Cortland.....?????? Thanks for the continued interest in the topic. I have a guy looking into it and if there's something conclusive, I'll post it FYI.

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    loop up the first 30 feet to how it looks coming out of the box, toss it on a digital food scale, you know, the ones that look about the size of a desert plate, hold up the part that is not on the scale to keep it's weight out of the equation. That is how I determined the weight of an old fly line, and it got me pretty close.

    d

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