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    Default 5/6... What does that mean?

    I have seen this on rods before when there are two numbers separated by a slash.

    I have no idea what this means.

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    i believe the 5 indicates dt-5 line and the 6 would be a wf-6


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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    Was going to post this, but casey is probably more accurate than me:

    Heck, you probably know more than me about it, but generally when that is on a fly rod I have found it to mean the manufacturer realizes that either a 5wt or a 6wt fly line will perform best on the rod depending on conditons, taper, etc....

    Essentially, it is not 100% JUST a 5wt or 100% JUST a 6wt, the manufacturer marks it as laying somewhere in that range. Which fly line performs best is up to the purchaser to find out.

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by caseywise View Post
    i believe the 5 indicates dt-5 line and the 6 would be a wf-6


    casey

    That makes no sense. The first 30' of both a DT and WF would weigh the same, so why would that matter?

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    Found this online, dunno if it is accurate:

    For many years most DT and WF lines were made with the same tip diameter and front taper length so there was no difference in how they delivered, although many claimed there was. Today, some of the DT lines are actually designed to be used specifically for spring creek type fishing and do have longer tapers and/or smaller tips.

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    I always took it to mean that the rod has a progressive action and would work with a range of line weights and casting styles. If you prefer a slower stroke and fish short, the heavier line and if you like long casting the lighter line will still load the rod.

    A friend back East had an old Powell that was a 6/7/8 I believe it was, but would cast fine with a #5 also.

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    I've heard the DT/WF as well, but don't know the facts behind it. I just see it as an acknowledgement that rating a rod for a particular line weight depends on a lot of factors, only one of which is the person doing the casting. Perhaps you could rely on something like the common cents system, but even there, if a rod came out as a 5.79 or 5.94 it would be on the edge.
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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    And just to add to this, Airflo has a line with a dual rated rating.

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    Now days it means nothing. It used to mean I guess the DT/WF. But if they were as inaccurate as they are today, I would say they were meaningless then to. Today almost no rods are really what they say the are. I just posted some real weights for some rods compared to what they say they are. The Sage TCX 10' 6wt. is actually an 8.5 wt. and some other rod I don't recall off hand was a half weight over as well. So when they say 5/6 I would say it means it is somewhere around a 5 or 6. Look at the common cents system and you can tell what your rod really is. It may be in a chart somewhere also. What rod is it?

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    Default Re: 5/6... What does that mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    Now days it means nothing. It used to mean I guess the DT/WF. But if they were as inaccurate as they are today, I would say they were meaningless then to. Today almost no rods are really what they say the are. I just posted some real weights for some rods compared to what they say they are. The Sage TCX 10' 6wt. is actually an 8.5 wt. and some other rod I don't recall off hand was a half weight over as well. So when they say 5/6 I would say it means it is somewhere around a 5 or 6. Look at the common cents system and you can tell what your rod really is. It may be in a chart somewhere also. What rod is it?
    On my first rod; a Mitchell IM6 from the local hardware store the 5/6 meant that it was a nice full flex, slow action 4wt.
    Last edited by fishiowa; 11-17-2012 at 09:08 AM. Reason: fat fingers

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