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Home FAQ's Fly Fishing Gear What Line Weight Should I Choose?

What line weight should I choose?

By Doc Trout


     When choosing a new fly rod for a particular purpose, many anglers start by determining  what line weight they want to fish with. However, not everyone is aware that choosing the correct fly line size is dependent on the range of fly sizes an angler intends to cast with it. Thus, I have published the chart below that shows the range of fly sizes each line weight will comfortably cast. But, also be aware that this is intended as a general guideline since some line tapers will cast considerably larger flies than listed in the chart below.

 

Fly Line vs. Fly Size Chart

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