Re: 5 weight distance

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Posted by Marcus S on 2010-03-16 15:17:25 in reply to Re: 5 weight distance posted by max garth on 2010-03-14 11:48:11

Hey Max, it is about fishing... the rating is a guideline for an average caster to give an idea of average performance. It's not a law!!

And I would say the "average" fly caster isn't much of a caster!

I have 2 14 weight fly rods, both have no trouble casting an 8 weight full floater (all of it)...similarly I can cast a 12/13 weight line on a fast/stiff 9 weight. It doesn't matter what the ratings are, the point is putting together a fishing system that works for the task at hand.

The fly and leader on the end are extremely important as well! The fly can be very heavy, very light, very air resistant, etc.... all of which really effect rod load.

I also have conventional rods that are rated to cast 1-5oz lures that I routinely throw 7-10 oz stuff on, or 5 oz stuff on rods rated up to 2 oz... all about adjusting the casting stroke, trajectory, etc.... I guess the point is individual casting style and skill, ability to adjust for the task at hand, etc... are all much more important than the label on the side of the rod.

For some casting styles and skill levels, the sweetest possible combinations lay completely outside of the rating system, it's not something to worry about.


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