Matching fly line and fly rod - what to consider
When matching fly line and fly rod, the respective line class or casting weight must be taken into account. A harmonious cooperation and a certain balance is very important. A fly rod with line class 5 should also be equipped with a fly line of line class #5. Using lighter or heavier fly lines will change the presentation characteristics of the fly line. Either you feel the fly line too little, or the fly rod is overloaded by the higher line weight, or it often comes to uncontrolled touchdown of the fly line on the water when presenting.
WF = Weight Forward = Club Line
Corresponds to the most common type of line. The incorporated club at the beginning of the line ensures good unwinding or casting properties. A rod of line class 5, for example, is equipped with a WF line of class 5.
DT = Double Taper: The line is reinforced in the middle and tapers to both ends.
Due to the WF club development not so common anymore, in former times DT lines were turned around after wear of one side and the second end was further used. Nevertheless ideal line for beginners, because without club at the end strengthened technique and not as often force leads to success.
Integrated at the beginning of the fly line, the club facilitates depending on the design, for example, the fine presentation, or the transport of heavier lures. E.g. stronger clubs are recommended for heavier lures. This facilitates the transport of the bait. In addition, depending on the use, pay attention to the length of the clubs. Overhead cast rather longer club, roll cast or switch wulf rather shorter club.
Shooting head and running line
These are now used for single-handed, switch and for two-handed rods, the weights of the shooting heads are matched to the weight class of the rods. Again, there are specially cut shooting heads for each use. The shooting head is mounted on the running line.
Shooting heads or Multi Tip systems
Shooting heads are used with one-hand switch and two-hand rods. They are transported with special casts. They are mounted on the running line. Shooting heads have different sink rates and can be easily exchanged. Multi Tip systems already have several heads or tips for exchange with different characteristics.