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 Post subject: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 25th, 2018, 10:01 pm 
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I picked up a couple lines for my 11' 7wt switch today. Mardens has a ton of them on blowout for next to nothing so I took a gamble and grabbed some. I can not find much information on what heads to put on what shooting lines. There are a lot of numbers and abbreviations that I can not figure out. I bought a Scientific Anglers Shooting Saltwater Float .042 SL and a Scientific Anglers Atlantic Silver Shooting Head ST-7-F. Anyone know if these will work together?

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 Post subject: Re: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 8:26 am 
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The "line" designation is less accurate that going by grain weight. Look at the grain range for your rod and hit in the middle. I have a 425 grain rio scandi short head on my 7 wt. switch and that is perfect for smaller or lighter flies, even with the t-11 tip. I also have a 350 grain OPST Skagit head with a 10 ft T14 that will turn over bigger stuff and dredge deeper. I need to go to SA (spey anonymous), My name is John and I have a spey problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 9:15 am 
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Titleguy is spot on. Look up the grain weight recommendations made by Rio and Airflow. Note that they’re different, and you’ll need to figure out which you prefer. 5 grains + or - can make a world of different in casting a spey rod. Good luck- they are addictive.

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 Post subject: Re: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 12:42 pm 
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There are few things more miserable in fishing than having a two hander that is lined improperly. It's hard enough to figure out the casting when you are starting out, but then have the line be wrong and it becomes misery.


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 Post subject: Re: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 4:47 pm 
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Well the head is also listed as a 19g, and it says 19g is equal to a 290 grain/7wt. So I thought that would work.... But there is no grain listed on the shooting line, so I just kinda grabbed one hoping it would be use able. I'll have to give it a whirl and see how it feels.

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 Post subject: Re: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 5:29 pm 
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The grain recommendation does not include shooting line. Just the weight of the shooting head and leader. What do you have for a rod?

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 Post subject: Re: Decoding Spey Lines
PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 6:57 pm 
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I've got an 11' 7wt LLB Silver Ghost. I've cast a few different lines on it, but they've all been standard single hander lines in the 8 and 9 wt range. It has thrown them all relatively well, but I have not done any spey casting with it.


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