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How do you figure out a flyline without a box?

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I was just blessed by a brother at church with a big box of tying stuff he found in the effects of a relative who has passed on. He knew that I tie so he gave it to me! In the box was a fly line that was rolled up and tied with a twist tie as if it just came out of the box. What I want to know is how I can figure out what this line is in weight and dimensions. WF, F, S.... 4,10...all that stuff. Is there a way? It seems to be in decent shape and I'd like to use it.

 

I don't mind experimenting with it 'til I find out as much as I can through use, but I don't know the handling characteristics of many different lines and my inquisitive mind like to know precise measurements whenever possible.

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For the line weight, all you need to do is weigh it on an accurate scale. Here is a chart that shows the AFTMA line weights and the amount they should weigh.

 

As for whether it is a WF or DT, you can either mic the line in, say, around 1 foot increments, and if you find that after the initial taper the line is level, you've got a DT, otherwise it is a WF. You can also probably eyeball the taper by just pulling it through your hands and watching the taper. If it is a WF, there should be a fairly obvious taper down around the 20-30' area.

 

For floating or sinking, just chuck it in some water and find out. rolleyes.gif

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Cool! Thanks Carl. I'll use the scale at the post office 'cause I gotta go mail some bills anyway, and we KNOW there won't be any dicrepancy there...

 

For floating vs. sinking, does it matter if I uncoil it first?

 

My eyeballs are pretty untrustworty, but I'll give the line a once-over to see if I can tell what's up. Thanks fot the tips! I'll post what I figure out. By the way, it's a very light Tan/opaque line.

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someone sells a scale, but i cant remember what company it is now. check with your local fly shop and they might have one that you could possibly use.

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If you know someone who reloads ammunition they will have a scale that weighs grains. You can weigh with a balance, if thats what they have, by extending it over the edge of a table and hanging the line off of the dish.

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