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    Default Re: Recommended Fly Line for a Slow/Moderate Slow Rod

    I use the following lines on my soft actions rods (bamboo, superfine etc)
    1) SA Mastery trout DT & WF
    2) Air Flo Ridge Technical Taper WF
    3) SAGE Performance Taper DT
    4) Rio Gold WF

    All four options perform well with the slow action rods. Avoid the GPX, GRAND or any lines designed for long distance casting into the wind

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    Default Re: Recommended Fly Line for a Slow/Moderate Slow Rod

    Quote Originally Posted by whalensdad View Post
    So the ERN came out to 3.5. So even though this is "supposed" to be a 5 wt, should I be lining it with a 4 wt line?
    DT4 for in close and a DT3 when you want to reach out past 20 feet.
    Oh I live to be the ruler of life not a slave

  3. Default Recommended Fly Line for a Slow/Moderate Slow Rod

    On my slow rods, I use either a Rio Trout LT WF or DT, or a Scientific Anglers VPT. Both lines are excellent.

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    Default Re: Recommended Fly Line for a Slow/Moderate Slow Rod

    Well I'm thinking it was "soft" because I was casting a 5wt line on a rod suited for a 3 WT line . So I decided to test all of my rods. In order of ERN, I have a 7'6" 5WT with an ERN of 3.5, a 7'6" 3Wt that has an ERN about 4.3, a 9' 5WT with an ERN of 5.5 and a 10' 8WT of about 8.5.

    I was overlining the 3wt with a 4wt line and wanted a short 5wt with the backbone to throw heavier wet flies. I contacted the company I got the blank from and they said since it was past 30 days from when they shipped (only by 10 days) they would give me $10 and free shipping on a new kit. I'm not sure if I want to take them up on their offer or go somewhere else.

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    I have found that each rod has a line that suits it according to the way you like to cast. So, you may try a Rio WF4 and exclaim with joy over the ease of casting; yet when your friend tries the same rod, he finds a Sharkskin WF5 is the ticket.

    You would be well-served by taking the advice of others and schlepping that rod down to your local fly shop to test drive a variety of lines. The various measuring systems, Common Cents et al, will never give you the honest result that can be gained simply by casting. A rod is more than a lever and less than a spring and it varies from hand to hand.

    Good luck.
    Best regards,
    Reed

    http://overmywaders.com

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    Default Re: Recommended Fly Line for a Slow/Moderate Slow Rod

    On my glass rods I love the Wolf Longbelly lines. They aren't mentioned very often, but they are great on my traditional glass rods which are full flex.
    Homer

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