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G. Loomis switch rod line ratings

Switch rod ratings can confuse, so I thought I’d add a clarification on the rating for this rod.
What does that 9 wt. rating really mean? That is the rod’s overhead casting rating, meaning that a 9 wt. overhead line will load it for overhead casting. I’ve tried it with my 9 wt. striper lines and they work fine.

If someone wanted a more conventional overhead line, then look at distance tapers like the Airflo Super-Dri Distance Pro. The length of this line and others like it, is necessary to load a typical 9 wt. rod deeply enough to cast for distance. A short WF-9-F that is the correct AFTMA weight for its length won’t do the job.

The very short Airflo 40+ Sniper lines are overweight according to the AFTMA scale for this reason. Just like the distance line, it provides enough weight to load the rod deeply for distance casting.

This is why I recommend either a distance taper or an overweight, shooting head design for overhead casting on this rod. A short head, AFTMA correct, WF-9-F will only load the rod enough for short to medium distances. This is how it should be as the AFTMA rating was based on casting only 30’. This balancing between AFTMA correctly weighted lines for short to medium distances, vs. either heavy or long for distance casting is true for virtually all rods, not just this one.

So keep this in mind when shopping for lines on this rod. Overhead casting will need 325 to 350 grains in a short head line for good distance while Scandi heads will be more in the 425-450 range and Skagit around 510. What is interesting, while there is a broad disparity between these line weights, they will all load the rod about the same when cast with the appropriate style.