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    Default Not matching line size to rod

    Came across a killer deal on some rio indicator line, the only bad part is that I own a 5 wt rod, and the line only comes in either 4 wt or 6 wt. Would either of these work for a 5 wt?

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    Yes. Over sizing is very common. Try the 6 weight. Probably will work well

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    By the way, I own a Scott A3 9' 5 wt fly rod. From what I have read, it is a fast action rod, with a stiff butt section, and a soft tip. I have a friend that swears by this line, so I am hoping either one of these lines will work, but if not, I don't want to spend the money on something that won't work.

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    Virtually any 5 weight rod will handle a 6 weight fly line -- don't overthink it, people do it all the time. The line printed on the fly rod is just meant as a general guide or place to start.

    Heck, for extremely short casting (with only 8-12' of fly line out) on brook trout streams I know a guy who uses 6 weight line on his 3-weight with great results. It's all about conditions, personal preference, and casting style.

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    I just ordered some of the 6 wt. Most of my fishing is chuck and duck, short distance highsticking, so I think I should be fine. If I can't make it work, I guess i'll have some slightly used indicator line for sale.

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    It'll work fine.
    I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    The Rio Indicator Line is already uplined by one size. The WF4F has a 30 foot head mass of 140 grains (AFTMA WF5F), and the WF6F has a 30 foot (AFTMA WF7F). The extra head mass is added to help kick over heavy indobobifloaticator multi-fly rigs.

    Could you use the WF4F? Sure. Just keep your payload size down.

    Could you use the WF6F? Sure. It will throw the heavy indobobifloaticator multi-fly rig. The extra mass will really dampen the feel of the line being cast. I know some guides who upline their nymph rods by two sizes. It helps their clients make casts easier.

    Dennis

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    Default Re: Not matching line size to rod

    Quote Originally Posted by MoscaPescador View Post
    The Rio Indicator Line is already uplined by one size. The WF4F has a 30 foot head mass of 140 grains (AFTMA WF5F), and the WF6F has a 30 foot (AFTMA WF7F). The extra head mass is added to help kick over heavy indobobifloaticator multi-fly rigs.

    Could you use the WF4F? Sure. Just keep your payload size down.

    Could you use the WF6F? Sure. It will throw the heavy indobobifloaticator multi-fly rig. The extra mass will really dampen the feel of the line being cast. I know some guides who upline their nymph rods by two sizes. It helps their clients make casts easier.

    Dennis
    As Dennis says, I used to fish a 6 wt rio indi line on my 5 wts (med fast Sages) with no trouble and used it as well with a bit softer 6 wt rod...no issues...although it would not work with a really soft 5 wt like my CT, as it just doesn't have the backbone for it.

    -Mike

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