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I am just getting started out in fly fishing- so in other words, I know next to nothing about it (although I have been fishing with my spincast for a few years.)

The rod I have is Wild Water AX34-090-4. It is a 9 foot, 4 section rod with a 3 or 4 weight. The reel I have is an old hand-me-down from my dad. It is a Eagle Claw, Model EC2 Automatic Reel.

First Question: Should I keep my fly line the exact same as the rod (4) or would I be alright if I bumped it up to a 5 weight line? I am aware that being a beginner I should stick with a WF_F line.

Second Question: Since I am a beginner, should I start with a store bought tapered knotless leader? I have some 4 pound test fluorocarbon line that I used last trout season a few times....could I just use this as my leader and tippet?

Third Question: My reel- does ANYBODY know anything about it? I already emailed Eagle Claw, but they can't help me out. I'd like to know what reel weight it is, because I would like it to be matched up with my rod and fly line.

Thanks in advance and I'm sure I will be back.

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First Question: Should I keep my fly line the exact same as the rod (4) or would I be alright if I bumped it up to a 5 weight line? I am aware that being a beginner I should stick with a WF_F line.


Whatever makes you comfortable. Lots of fishermen under or overline their rods to get the desired performance. Try both and see what you like best.

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Second Question: Since I am a beginner, should I start with a store bought tapered knotless leader? I have some 4 pound test fluorocarbon line that I used last trout season a few times....could I just use this as my leader and tippet?


I don't like knotless tapered leaders, but they were convenient when I was a beginner. I say use them. The 4lb fluoro will work fine.

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Third Question: My reel- does ANYBODY know anything about it? I already emailed Eagle Claw, but they can't help me out. I'd like to know what reel weight it is, because I would like it to be matched up with my rod and fly line.


Reels don't really come with "line weight" designations. They usually are designed with a few sizes of line in mind for capacity reasons, but as long as it comes close to properly balancing the rod (so that it is comfortable to hold for extended periods of time).

Can't help ya with any details on the reel.

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joeyd71 wrote:
First Question: Should I keep my fly line the exact same as the rod (4) or would I be alright if I bumped it up to a 5 weight line? I am aware that being a beginner I should stick with a WF_F line.


Whatever makes you comfortable. Lots of fishermen under or overline their rods to get the desired performance. Try both and see what you like best.

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Second Question: Since I am a beginner, should I start with a store bought tapered knotless leader? I have some 4 pound test fluorocarbon line that I used last trout season a few times....could I just use this as my leader and tippet?


I don't like knotless tapered leaders, but they were convenient when I was a beginner. I say use them. The 4lb fluoro will work fine.

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Third Question: My reel- does ANYBODY know anything about it? I already emailed Eagle Claw, but they can't help me out. I'd like to know what reel weight it is, because I would like it to be matched up with my rod and fly line.


Reels don't really come with "line weight" designations. They usually are designed with a few sizes of line in mind for capacity reasons, but as long as it comes close to properly balancing the rod (so that it is comfortable to hold for extended periods of time).

Can't help ya with any details on the reel.



Fantastic. You cleared up quite a bit for me. Thanks a lot!

Posted on: 2010/12/30 14:03


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That was going to be my fear with that reel. Looking at photos online of the reel, it seems pretty small. Getting backing and a 5wt packed in the reel maybe problematic.

One I am looking at online says "Eagle Claw Model EC2 Automatic Fly Reel Wright & McGill Co".

PM me your mailing address and I will send you some knot less leaders. I am robusto with them at the moment.

Edit: I would probably go with a 4wt line as it is a 3/4 weight rod with 4 being the heavier side.

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Joey,
Welcome to the Paff Forum. We've got a friendly and knowledgeable crew here and the Beginner's Forum exists for folks such as yourself looking to ask basic questions. Enjoy!

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I'm echoing Jay here on a lot, but I'll write it in my own words.

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First Question: Should I keep my fly line the exact same as the rod (4) or would I be alright if I bumped it up to a 5 weight line? I am aware that being a beginner I should stick with a WF_F line.


It is up to you, and depends where you fish. How long do you plan on casting? Long casts = keep it the same. Short casts = ok to overline. A standard cast is 30 ft of flyline beyond the tip of the rod. Thats the weight of line the rod is designed for. If you don't think you'll hit 30 feet, overline it.

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Second Question: Since I am a beginner, should I start with a store bought tapered knotless leader? I have some 4 pound test fluorocarbon line that I used last trout season a few times....could I just use this as my leader and tippet?


Some of us use flat leaders, and there are advantages to doing so, especially for subsurface fishing. But as a beginner, you'll find casting much easier with a tapered leader, it will turn the fly over better. The knotless are fine. I always liked knotted leaders a bit better, and many shops make and sell their own. But again, knotless is fine. Your flouro is probably fine for a tippet, but you want a tapered leader behind it.

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Third Question: My reel- does ANYBODY know anything about it? I already emailed Eagle Claw, but they can't help me out. I'd like to know what reel weight it is, because I would like it to be matched up with my rod and fly line.


I don't know anything about it. As far as matching up to the rod, it's a balance thing. Put it on the rod (with line strung!), and find the balance point. Should be somewhere near the front end of the grip, theoretically right where your pointer finger grips it, though it's rarely "exact". If its not even close, perhaps go reel shopping, otherwise this'll do just fine for now. As far as holding line, most reels you can just play with the amount of backing to get it right. If you don't have room for backing, it's ok to cut the fly line, but on a WF line you want to do it from the back, not the front. The part on the reel doesn't matter, but the part your fishing with, keep it like the manufacturer wants it.

That said, I don't know much about auto fly reels and if they're more picky about line diameter. Can't imagine they'd be too picky, there's so many brands and tapers and such.

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Using the recommended line weight for the rod will probably work best.

And don't think that you have to buy a weight forward line. Double taper lines work well. When the line gets worn, you can reverse the line on the reel and use the other end. So you get twice as much use of the line for the same price.

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That was going to be my fear with that reel. Looking at photos online of the reel, it seems pretty small. Getting backing and a 5wt packed in the reel maybe problematic.

One I am looking at online says "Eagle Claw Model EC2 Automatic Fly Reel Wright & McGill Co".

PM me your mailing address and I will send you some knot less leaders. I am robusto with them at the moment.

Edit: I would probably go with a 4wt line as it is a 3/4 weight rod with 4 being the heavier side.


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The way that the line is on the reel right now, there is 71 feet of fly line, with no backing at all. I have never changed this and is most likely how it sat since around the 70's. I took some pictures to give you an idea of the size of the reel. I don't know the size of the line on there right now, so it's kind of hard to determine what to replace it with.

These pictures are showing the real in relation to my hand, and how much room there is in the reel itself. When the reel is completely wound up, it looks as though I could fit another 1/4 an inch of line around the reel.

Also, I will be PM'ing you right after I type this.

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Considering it probably had a 3 or 4 weight on it before and that modern lines are 90-100 feet versus 71 feet currently on there, I think 5 wt line would be a tight fit.

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joeyd71 wrote:
I am just getting started out in fly fishing- so in other words, I know next to nothing about it (although I have been fishing with my spincast for a few years.)


You know what they say about opinions? Its doubly true in my case.

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First Question: Should I keep my fly line the exact same as the rod (4) or would I be alright if I bumped it up to a 5 weight line? I am aware that being a beginner I should stick with a WF_F line.


Subjective, and its tough to answer really. Do you have a friend who's knowledgabe? Line weight affects casting, and casting can be easier with a different weight line.

To simplify, a rod is "best" at its listed weight for the "action" the maker wanted. You can change this somewhat by changing out the line weight, and just because they say its best, doesn't mean it is. Y'know?

Sure, you could probably use a 5wt line, and you'd probably be fine, but why the desire to use the heavier line? WHat's your reason for that?

Also, WF or DT doesn't matter. The front taper is effectively the same for both up to ~30'. WF lines can shoot line better if you need to do hero casts, but in your 4wt trout fishin' it probably doesn't matter. Run whatcha brung.

My personal opinion is I'll only buy DT lines for trout fishing anymore.

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Second Question: Since I am a beginner, should I start with a store bought tapered knotless leader? I have some 4 pound test fluorocarbon line that I used last trout season a few times....could I just use this as my leader and tippet?


Buy a couple of knotless, tapered leaders. When you clip off the front tippet piece, tie on some more tippet. Yes, you can use your 4# fluoro for tippet, and you'd be just fine. FC sinks, mono doesn't. Drop the $3 for a couple spools of tippet at Sprawlmart in 4x and 5x, though. Its more supple, and if you're learning why hinder yourself?

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Third Question: My reel- does ANYBODY know anything about it? I already emailed Eagle Claw, but they can't help me out. I'd like to know what reel weight it is, because I would like it to be matched up with my rod and fly line.


The reel is a line holder. Does the whole rod feel good in your hand when the reels on and the line is out? Is it really butt heavy, or tip heavy? No? Then its sized just fine.

Automatic reels don't hold much backing, are heavy and mostly unused. Some guys love 'em. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You'll want a new one someday, but yours works just fine.

When people say "match the line, rod, and reel" they usually mean to find the right balance. Its arbitrary beyond that, though.

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Depends on where ya live, Gary. Walmarts around here don't have tippet.

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Edit: I would probably go with a 4wt line as it is a 3/4 weight rod with 4 being the heavier side.


Actually, IIRC, the 3/4 usually implies 3DT/4WF as once you're past the head on a WF line the loading weight drops significantly, but the DT line contains a full taper.

Without trying to be extra rude, for the OP it probably doesn't matter here. Buy a 4DT and rock on.

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Considering it probably had a 3 or 4 weight on it before and that modern lines are 90-100 feet versus 71 feet currently on there, I think 5 wt line would be a tight fit.


Betcha not. If its from the '70s, its probably NOT a 3 or 4wt, as that was stupid light for a glass rod, its also probably a DT, not a WF, as that's what people bought then.

Furthermore, look at how fat and uniform that is. I bet its a 6wt line, and its either a DT or a level line.

Joey, settle this for us.. When you're done, cut off the first 30' and weigh in. I want to be right.

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Depends on where ya live, Gary. Walmarts around here don't have tippet.


Dick's, Sprots Authority, Big 5, there's always something.

But, yeah, your literal point stands. Heh.

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joey pal where are you from ? GO TO A LOCAL FLY SHOP even though some on here think they can tell u what weight line is on the reel by a picture , take it to someone in the business , let them set you up with what u need and explain how to use it , when to use it ,

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