Rod Line Weights
Just read on another site, European, that a dual rated rod 7/8, 9/10 etc indicated that the lower weight was for DT lines and upper weight was for WF lines and that single rated rods 8wt, 9wt etc were for DT lines. If you were going to use WF lines you should go up one weight, in the case of single weighted rods. Is this just a European belief or is it true here in the "States"? Question probably answered someplace in the archives but I'm lazy and am looking for some insight from more experienced fly casters. Thanks
Hi Pete -
Hope you are well.
This is really dependent on the rod make and model. Some rods single ratings are high and some are low. Some dual ratings are meant for the lines they might be matched with even though none of them would be a DT, for instance a saltwater overhead two-hander. A fraction of one percent of anglers might fish a DT on the beach but it's doubtful that the rod maker would rate for it.
I would be wary of blanket assessments like this, when it comes to rods and lines one size does not fit all nor does one rule of thumb. Cast it for yourself, talk to the pro staff at fly shops, and ask about specific makes and models on the web for good advice from those in the know.
All is well here in Up-state NY and I do hope to join you all in May for the Spring Clave in and around Chatham.
Your .02 is always worth at least .10 to me.
I was very surprised to see the original remark that posed the question as it came from a very respected member of the Fly Fishing Community, one and two handed.
Guess it all boils down to what fits the caster, probably fits the rod but if it fits the rod better then it makes the caster better.
Enjoy yourself at the Bears Den "do". Its too far to drive and Mother Nature can make it unpleasant, especially that time of year.
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