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2 questions for using 3 weight line

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#46 chugbug27


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:38 AM

At least that's how I think it broke

#47 tjm


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:19 PM

I fished a few 5wt rods  with 7wt lines regularly for years and even 8WF on occasion. I broke the one 5wt Orvis three or four times but never from casting.

The rodmaster that repairs my stuff says that any impact on graphite from badly cast flies or overhead limbs causes internal damages that latter snap, this makes sense to me. Carbon seems more brittle than fiberglass in this respect.

Math says that the guy casting a full 90' of 5wt line has more stress on the rod than casting 45' of 7wt line. At fishing distances of 30-40' up to half the cast distance is leader and rod itself. A rule of thumb would be to use a lighter overall line for long distance casting as opposed to close casting- thus the WF and shooting heads combined with running line.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:53 PM

There is nothing wrong with casting a heavier line on a rod so long as you cast with out over loading the rod.  I've often casted heavy 7 or 8wt line on my wt. rod and load it properly at around 15 to 20 ft. of line and then shoot out another 15 ft. of line.  That's how I've bass fished with larger flies.  It works great, but I can't cast out a lot of line until I get myself a heavier rod.