Getting sorted out – Line Edition

I got my Umpqua line scale a while back, but I finally got around to using it this last weekend.

I don’t know why I do this, but after some trips I’ve stripped lines off loaner reels and not recorded exactly what those lines were. Once off a reel and home from a trip an 8 wt. line looks very much like a 9 weight or 10 weight line, or 7 or 6 or god knows what. Over the past few years I’ve had a few lines pile up and the mystery has deepened and multiplied.


Why do I do this?

Why do I do this?

Well… enter the scale and all your questions are solved. You take the first 30 feet and measure that and presto… I know know that my mystery line is for a 7 weight.

Ah... so that's what it is.

Ah… so that’s what it is.

Let’s label this a little more clearly…

That's better.

That’s better.

It even works for sinking lines.

All is clear.

All is clear.

Good stuff. Now I know what I have and don’t have. It’s good stuff to know as I look at filling out lines for reels and rods. Nice.


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  1. Hi,
    Weighing the line gives you the weight, but, with SW lines the manufacturer could be labeling the line as much as two weights below measured weight. So your scale will give you somewhere to start from, then you’ll have to see how they work on your rods. i.e., Rio Outbounds and Wulff BTT lines run a couple of weights high. Just to keep you confused.

  2. Well, most of the lines I have used are .25 to .5 a line weight higher, but in the ballpark. I am pretty sure the 7 wt. line is actually a 7 wt. line, so that gives me hope.

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