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Spin Guide Size for 3-4 Weight fly Line
Posted by: Mark Talmo (71.147.59.---)
Date: August 09, 2019 02:21PM

I built a 6-piece, 7ft, pack-rod (yes, a vintage FG Conolon if you can imagine that) with a Tennessee Handle to accommodate either a spin or fly reel and typical KL-H 16 down to KT 5 with a LG 5 top. While obviously set-up more for UL spinning, will the guides be large enough for 3-4 weight fly line? While I realize the selected guides may not be optimum for fly use, it is my understanding spin guides will work better for fly fishing as compared to the inverse. I know dittly-stink about fly line other than it is considerably larger in diameter than mono or fluorocarbon.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Spin Guide Size for 3-4 Weight fly Line
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: August 09, 2019 02:27PM

The inside diameter of the guide will determine this. Keep in mind that ceramic guides are measured from outside to outside of the ring, so you're interior space may be smaller than you think. By the same token, 3-4 weight fly lines are not terribly "fat." Go cast it and see how it works.

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Re: Spin Guide Size for 3-4 Weight fly Line
Posted by: Donald La Mar (---.lightspeed.lsvlky.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 09, 2019 03:34PM

I'd wager half my lunch money the guides are OK for the line. It's the fly line to leader knot that will potentially be the problem. Loop-to-loop connections are all the rage these days for line to leader and they are convenient. But a well tied, old fashion nail knot just might pass where a loop-to-loop is challenged.

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Re: Spin Guide Size for 3-4 Weight fly Line
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 09, 2019 05:58PM

Mark, they should be fine! I often us sizes even smaller for the 3/4 set up.

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Re: Spin Guide Size for 3-4 Weight fly Line
Posted by: Mark Talmo (71.147.59.---)
Date: August 10, 2019 02:13AM

Tom, Donald and Eric,
Thank you for the replies. Although it does not surprise me that you replied, it is very much appreciated!

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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