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how to tell rod weight?

Recently acquired a couple cheapy fly rods. They have brand names on them but nothing specifying what weight rods they are or what weight line to use. Any way to tell?

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Re: how to tell rod weight?

here you go.

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Re: how to tell rod weight?

If you have some different weight lines, just try them out on the rods.

If the line is too light, the rod will feel like a broomstick, i.e. it won't bend much, even with quite a bit of line out.

If the line is too heavy for the rod, the rod will bend too much. On the backcast, when you start to make the power stroke forward, you will feel the rod "bog down", i.e. lag, feel slow, unresponsive, rather than snapping forward.

"Just right" is in between. The rod should bend some on the backcast, but then snap forward when you make the forward cast.

There is some personal preference involved. On a particular rod, some may like how it casts with a 4 wt line, and some may prefer a 5 wt line.

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Re: how to tell rod weight?

Another post I read there is a way to tell the line weight without a label. I can't find the formula right now but you clamp the rod to a bench, tie a string to the tip and add weights till the tip drops a certian distance. Then you use a formula with rod length, and size of weight to figure it out.

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Re: how to tell rod weight?

Its easy to tell a 4wt from like an 8wt. Obviously the diameter of the backbone section. But to tell a 4 from a 5 would be a tad harder unless they are exactly the same rod then just put a micrometer or calipers to them. You also can compare them to some of your buddy's to make an-accurate guess.

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Re: how to tell rod weight?

If you can't judge the casting characteristics of a rod, take them to a fly shop for advice. They will probably cast them for you, perhaps hoping to make a sale on a fly line, etc.

Consider that a rod is a lever, and the more weight you put on it extending your cast, the more it will react differently. Years ago, most trout rods were designed for maximum efficiency at 30'. This is why some fly fisherman under-line or over-line rods depending on the circumstances.

But to find the "sweet spot" for you should come from your own casting, and the average lengths of your casts. It's easy and quick for me to pick up a rod and figure the optimum line weight for me, but I have 51 years of fly fishing experience. I don't know how much experience you have.

The other thing you can do is a search on the web for the rods you own to see what line was initially specified. You'd be surprised what info you can find. Hope this is helpful
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Re: how to tell rod weight?

Thank you all for the help - was hoping it was "easy" but looks like I need to come up with a couple different reels/lines to try the rods with.
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Re: how to tell rod weight?

I agree about going to a good fly shop. But tell them straight away that you want to buy a fly line for this rod, and need help figuring out what weight line to get.

They will help you figure that out. Then buy the line from them. You are going to buy a line anyway. So, buy it from the people that helped you figure out what is the correct line for the rod.
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