Moving From Even To Odd Line Weight Fly Rods

As fly rod technology moves forward in leaps and bounds are you taking advantage of it? Peter McLeod discuss the advantages of being odd – moving from the historic system of even line weight fly rods and dropping down a line weight taking advantage of the refinement and power of modern technology and making your fly fishing more enjoyable.

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  1. rick nelson on November 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I have used 4 and 5 weight rods for bonefish for years and had zero issues with up to 8 lb fish. Even caught some smaller permit with them. My go to rod for the flats are a 5 and 7 weight rods.

  2. Mike Kuczynski on November 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Great explanation , I find a lot of fisherman equate rod weight with landing power . They look at you like your nuts using a 3wt on trout 20 inches plus and say your just going to kill them because you can’t land them quick enough . In your video you show the rod being tested and how much pressure can be applied , it’s a lot ! If you just use the tip of your rod to fight fish yes you will wear them out but if you use the rod as designed and apply pressure throughout the rod butt to tip you will land fish much more efficiently . Salt water anglers get it 🙂

  3. Jake Finn on November 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Totally agree with ur commentary. My Arsenal is 5 – 6 – 7 weights for all my needs in south Florida fresh water (peacocks, tarpon, snook and exotics). Mirror conditions 5wt, occasional ripple 6 wt. continuous ripple on the water 7 wt. I also plan on looking deeper into the hardy line of rods. My friend Andy Mill uses Hardy rods. Thank you.

  4. Fin Line & Fly on November 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I really enjoyed this video. Thanks for putting this together. I will really need to look at the 11 weight concept to get me off the 12s for GTs!

  5. Jamie Stewart on November 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Good info, horrible music. You don’t need music on a video like this, much less video game sound track crap.

  6. ifsteve on November 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    As an engineer by trade (and Chemical to boot) I have an understanding of the new materials and their properties as applied to fly fishing rods. There is simply no question that the new technology builds much lighter weight rods (and relatively stronger) than older technologies. But to me the biggest gain is in the less weight of the new technology compared to dropping down a line size. For example in a Sage SaltHD the 11wt is 4 7/8oz whereas the 12 is 5oz. So there is only 1/8 of an oz difference between the two. That isn’t going to make much of a difference IMO. Especially when you are talking reels with fly lines and backing that are going to weigh much more than that. But compare that same 12 wt SaltHD to say the Motive. A 12 Motive comes in at 5 and 5/16oz. A much heavier rod than the HD. So I am rambling on but I think the real weight savings comes from getting the newest technology and top of the line rod you can afford. Going to see much more weight differences than comparing an 11 or 12 of the same rod line. Certainly going from say a RPLXi 12 to a SaltHD 11 would be night and day differences!

  7. Robert Remijnse on November 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Most new technology is nothing more than marketing bla bla. Rods had to be lighter and lighter in weight so rodblank walls became thinner and thinner and so rods became weaker and weaker. A little mass in a flyrod is not a bad thing and will help you cast a rod much better. It’s a law of physics that a big hammer works better to slash an nail into wood than an toy kids hammer. A good flyrod will never ever age although it is always great to buy someting new haha (there is a tackletart in every flyfisher) 😉 Great channel Aardvark !!

  8. FlyFishing Maniac on November 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Most new technology in 2019 fly rod now become thin and easy to break when object hit it? Is that real? Wake up. Carbon Fiber can be as strong as steal. Yeah its true when it seen from physic site. But you cant compare it with other material and the design. You must compare two material with same deaign. Example,thin hollow tip section, 2 different material – Fiberglass & New Material, which one is the strongest? That why F1, Aircraft, Breaking System & many thing now days use CF in our life.. MoveOn.. Try it 1st, imagen rod that fast enough to fight wind, strong that can fight fish efficiently and light enough for cast whole day without rip your shoulder. That is absolutely haven. For me its all came from your feeling when you hold the rod and fishing with it.

  9. Charsept on November 21, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I just got into fly fishing. I didn’t realize the technology has come so far.

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