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    05-15-2018, 06:42 PM
    G'day Silver, One possible rational reason for rod makers to under-rate their rods is the "car park caster". Many of us tend to assess rods in the...
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    05-13-2018, 08:27 AM
    Not in my opinion. We can get good casts with lots of different grip styles as long as the fundamental movements are all in place. When the caster...
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    05-10-2018, 06:20 PM
    Hirdy replied to a thread RIO Flats Pro in Fly Lines
    To turn the question around, are you willing to buy an expensive fly line that is not what it says on the label? I guess if all they put on the...
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    05-09-2018, 06:22 PM
    Hirdy replied to a thread RIO Flats Pro in Fly Lines
    Thanks SnS. I've got the F/I 10wt line. A very nice line indeed, but as you say, one weight too heavy if we go by the books. However, as long as...
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    05-09-2018, 08:07 AM
    Although I'm not Silver, I'd thoroughly recommend buying the book. It's one of the best books on casting I've had the pleasure of reading. Cheers,...
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    05-09-2018, 08:04 AM
    Hirdy replied to a thread Solitude Reel ? in Fly Reels
    Last week I fought a +30kg GT to a stand-still with my SR5. Came very close to landing it but it found a rock after 15 minutes. Still loving all 6 of...
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Fly weight and line taper

by Hirdy on 12-25-2017 at 11:08 PM
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I'm going to disagree with sweetandsalt here (that doesn't happen often - he knows too much! ) and say that you should choose the fly first, then the line to suit the fly and then the rod to suit the line. A heavier fly needs more mass to pull it through the air nicely. (See later ...)

A nice light fly (like a dry fly for trout) needs a lot less mass in the line than a heavy permit crab fly, so you'd choose maybe a 4 wt line for the trout and a 10wt line for the permit. In both

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