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 Post subject: Shooting Tapers -- Buy Heavier Weight Than Rod Calls For
PostPosted: July 18th, 2007, 8:32 am 
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Current day manufacturers design fly rods to perform under more realistic conditions than they did when AFTMA (the American Fly Tackle Manufacturers' Assn) first came out with their fly line/rod weighting system.

At that time, fly rods were built to be optimally loaded with 30 feet of flyline out of the rod, and the lines were weighed that way. Today, manufacturers realize that it’s more common for person casting 6 -10 weight rods to have 45+ feet of flyline out of the tip, loading the rod. Therefore, they design the rod stiffer than if it were intended for only 30 feet of line. (Each 10 feet of weight forward line beyond 30 feet adds a corresponding 1 additional line-weight of to your cast. In other words if you hang 50 feet of 8 weight line out on your back cast, you will be loading your 8-weight rod with the equivalent of a 10-weight line.

That's fine for weight-forward lines, with long long heads (and longer bellies), but it is not the correct designation for shooting tapers and shooting heads, which are typically thirty feet (and have the same grain weights as 30 feet of floating line with long thin running line and no belly weight or rear tapers).

For that reason, most good casters choose to cast a shooting taper or 30-foot head which which is 1 or 2 line designations heavier than the rod specs call for -- to more efficiently load today's rods.


 
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