Is Your Eight Weight Line Really Eight Weight?
When you buy an 8-weight flyline, is it really an eight weight? Or a nine? Or an 11? Read this if you are curious.
For tournament anglers, the weight and "break strength" of their lines and leaders are critical. In the case of fly anglers, the "weight" of their line (which is never likely to break on its own) is what is measured. The problem? Manufacturers make claims that their line is heavier than the numbers they print on their packages?
Why? This article from FishAndFly.com talks about the interest in their SalmoLogic section. It's very interesting, and if you're a serious fly angler that's thinking about tournaments in your future (or one that already participates) this story could be the difference between a win and a might-have-won.
We all know that the “rating” system for rods, reels and lines is a universal mess. The AFTM system is being openly abused by some manufacturers where they deliberately sell fly lines heavier than the AFTM rating that is on the box. Some even boast about it in their blurb! The related AFFTA system for Spey Lines has never taken off and was even more confusing. To cap it all there is no such thing as an agreed AFTM measurement for rods or reels which means that the maker can say whatever AFTM they feel like on those. The same sort of thing is happening in golf too – each brand wants its 5-irons (for example) to hit further than other brands– so what do they do?
The whole story is here.