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About Hirdy

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    Serious about fly fishing since late 2011.
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    Geologist conducting seismic interpretation and geological modelling in the minerals industry

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  1. Tomkaz, I didn't say I look at a single review from an unknown person and take their review as gospel. I read LOTS of reviews from lots of people for any given rod and work out if I might like it. I also look at how many niggles show up for a rod. Some things people like or dislike are not necessarily things I like or dislike, but their presence or absence tells me a lot. Fighting butts and SW components, for instance: I want them on every rod I own, 10wt or 4wt, doesn't matter. However, there are a lot of specific people on these forums whose opinions I DO value very highly. If those people give a good or bad review of a rod, reel, line or tippet, I sit up and take notice. These are people I trust because I've interacted with them over long periods. Their advice is usually solid and their reviews are done without the ulterior motive of selling me something. Bonefishdick, thanks for your vote of confidence, but I wouldn't set up a review based on their criteria. Categories like "fun to fish", "must have" and "Perfect 8 Performance" are so subjective as to be laughable. These guys present their reviews as a scientific comparison of rods, but their categories allow them to fudge the result any way they like. The rods they would like to promote always score very highly in these categories while the other rods lose points. I'd much rather give all of those rods to 5 or 10 fishers I respect and ask them to tell me which three they liked most with their favourite lines strung through them after using them for a day on the water. No need to assign numbers - they mean nothing anyway - just some opinions I value. (Give me any rod rated - truly - as an 8 and a DT8 line and I'll hit targets between 30' and 100'. That's not about the rod, it's about the casters' ability to adapt. If it's not an 8, it'll show up in this test ...) Anyway, if nothing else, these "shootouts" provide a couple of discussion points each year. They help keep the forums lively. If some people like and trust them, that's their prerogative and their money to spend however they like. Cheers, Graeme
  2. Yep, the reviews written by the people here and on other forums. Owners rarely have much to gain by giving a good or bad review of a rod they've owned and used for some time. Reviews written for profit are the ones I'm least likely to trust. Cheers, Graeme
  3. I don't think they are worth the paper they're written on for us, the consumers. They're great value for the the shop though. A wonderful marketing effort. Cheers, Graeme
  4. That's exactly what it means. No more than 125 pixels by 50 pixels. In any case, your pic has changed when I view it. Cheers, Graeme
  5. My goto 6wt is my Hot Torpedo. For every application, be it fresh or salt. Cheers, Graeme
  6. Unless you're doing some very precise fishing (i.e. ONLY casting your line at seen fish), your tippet will be in the water nearly all the time. It almost never dries completely while you're fishing. It takes several hours at room temperature to drive the absorbed water out of nylon. So to answer your question, between 3% and 9% of its weight. Cheers, Graeme
  7. Okay, I found what I was looking for. In 2002, the Journal of Material Science published a paper by J. John Rajesh, J. Bijwe, B. Venkataraman and U. S. Tewari on the "Effect of water absorption on erosive wear behaviour of polyamides". To summarise, they found the nylon used in most nylon monofilament fishing line (Nylon 6, also known as PA6) loses both tensile strength and erosion resistance as it absorbs water. Their abstract is as follows: So while the video shown in the original post in this thread looks "scientific", it needs to be repeated with well-wetted materials before we apply his finding to our fishing experiences. Nylon may or may not be better at resisting abrasion than FC, but we simply don't know yet. The internet is great for sharing opinions, but most opinions are not supported by science. They are just what people think happens. Scientific publications require review by other scientists before they will publish a theory. That helps prevent unsupported ideas from becoming the accepted explanation for "how things work". The moral is "don't believe everything you see on the internet", including my opinions. Cheers, Graeme
  8. Likewise: I also agree with your opinion. My own experience has shown that in real-world situations, FC monofilaments outperform nylon monofilaments for abrasion resistance. However, we are only two people sharing our experiences. I would like to find some published scientific literature to support our experiences before claiming that is the case in general. Cheers, Graeme
  9. A 10' long head connected directly to a running line will be awful to cast. It will "dump" very badly because it will turn over well before the cast finishes reaching out. Try attaching that 10' head to a fly line. Maybe find an old intermediate 5wt line, cut the taper off it and weld or loop that 10' section of T8 onto it. The idea is to have about 20' to 30' of mass supporting the tip section as a longer section to turn over during the cast. (Or just buy the right sink-tip line for the job. They are out there.) Cheers, Graeme
  10. I'm not sure it does have good resistance to abrasion when it's wet. When it absorbs water, nylon also gets softer, which should mean it has less resistance than when dry. I still need to find references for that though. It's why my first comment in this thread was "please repeat the test under water." Doing the test with both materials dry does not replicate how we fish. Cheers, Graeme
  11. Nylon monofilament gets considerably weaker than the stated breaking strain when it's immersed in water. Nylon absorbs between 6% and 9% of its weight of water. Reference. I don't know how it affects abrasion (still looking for references) but it can't be good if it's already 20% to 40% weaker than you think it is while you're fishing. Cheers, Graeme
  12. Do it again in water please.
  13. ^^^ What he said ....
  14. Mike, A Rio Permit 10wt line has a head weight of 475 grains and the head is about 47' long. Any 10wt rod I have put that on has been just fine. I also use the line on 9wt rods. That first thirty feet is a standard measurement distance in the AFTM system. It has absolutely no bearing on what the rod will handle and every rod is designed to carry much more than that mass when casting. For instance, I like DT lines and I use them to teach. I can (and do) carry the whole 80' of my DT6 on my 6wt rod while casting. The first 30' weighs 160gn and so does the last 30'. The 20' in the middle also weighs around 160gn (no tapers involved) so I'm carrying ~480 on a 6wt rod when I'm demonstrating distance casting to my students. Does it bend? Sure it does - it's meant to. Will it break? No, it's designed to carry that load. The standard is only used to describe the line. It does not limit the rod to that line mass. If you're still not convinced, cut up an old line and make a shooting head from it. Grab (say) an old 8wt line that you know adheres to the standard and cut it at exactly 30'. Tie it to some mono with a nail knot and see if you are satisfied casting it 80'. I'll bet you feel like the 8wt rod isn't loading properly and you'll struggle to make a decent loop reach 80' without terrible tails. Then put that same shooting head onto your 6wt rod and repeat. That will feel much better because the 6wt rod needs about that much mass for longer casting distances. (For fitsngiggles, you can then put it on your 4wt rod and you've got a DIY OPST head, great for single hand spey casting. ) Cheers, Graeme
  15. I'd say a normal load for a 10wt single hand rod is 450 to 500 grains total head weight. But if 720gn cast overhead floats your boat, go for it: it's your life. As to the original question: no, I'm not using that much weight. I can't say I ever will, either. Cheers, Graeme