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Weight Information


1-3 Weight:

  • Used with Small flies
  • Makes short casts

Great For:

  • Small Trout
  • Bream
  • Panfish
  • Small Streams

Weight Class Actual Line Weight (gr.) Allowable Variation (gr.±)
1 wt 60 gr. 6
2 wt 80 gr. 6
3 wt 100 gr. 6
Standardized line weights as defined by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA, formerly AFTMA).
Weights are given in grains (7000 grains/pound or 437 1/2 grains/ounce), measured by weighing the front 30 feet of the fly line.

The 4 Weight:

  • Used with Small and Medium sized flies
  • Makes Short to Medium-short casts

Great For:

  • Small to Medium Sized Trout
  • Bream
  • Panfish
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Mid-Size Streams & Rivers

Weight Class Actual Line Weight (gr.) Allowable Variation (gr.±)
4 wt 120 gr. 6
Standardized line weights as defined by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA, formerly AFTMA).
Weights are given in grains (7000 grains/pound or 437 1/2 grains/ounce), measured by weighing the front 30 feet of the fly line.

The 5-6 Weight:

  • The most versatile of the line weights
  • Fishes well for all but the smallest and all but the largest trout
  • Also performs adequately for smaller bass
  • Fishes well for all but the smallest and all but the largest trout
  • Fishes well when using small, medium and larger(not massive) sized flies
  • Allows for longer casts yet performs short casts well

Great For:

  • Trout
  • Bream
  • Panfish
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Mid-Size Streams & Rivers

Weight Class Actual Line Weight (gr.) Allowable Variation (gr.±)
5 wt 140 gr. 6
6 wt 160 gr. 8
Standardized line weights as defined by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA, formerly AFTMA).
Weights are given in grains (7000 grains/pound or 437 1/2 grains/ounce), measured by weighing the front 30 feet of the fly line.

The 7-8 Weight:

  • Designed for very large trout and large bass as well as some saltwater species
  • Used for pitching large streamers and large flies
  • Longer casts are excellent
  • Not the best for short casts

Great For:

  • Large Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Muskie
  • Steelhead
  • Light Salmon
  • Bonefish
  • Sea Trout
  • Small Striped Bass
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Wide Rivers & Lakes
  • Flats

Weight Class Actual Line Weight (gr.) Allowable Variation (gr.±)
7 wt 185 gr. 8
8 wt 210 gr. 8
Standardized line weights as defined by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA, formerly AFTMA).
Weights are given in grains (7000 grains/pound or 437 1/2 grains/ounce), measured by weighing the front 30 feet of the fly line.

The 9-10 Weight:

Mainly used for saltwater fishing and fishing for Salmon and Steelhead

Great For:

  • Northern Pike
  • Muskie
  • Steelhead
  • Heavy Salmon
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Bluefish
  • Striped Bass
  • False Albicore
  • Bonito
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Sea Trout
  • Small Tarpon
  • Wide Rivers & Lakes
  • Flats Fishing

Weight Class Actual Line Weight (gr.) Allowable Variation (gr.±)
9 wt 240 gr. 10
10 wt 280 gr. 10
Standardized line weights as defined by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA, formerly AFTMA).
Weights are given in grains (7000 grains/pound or 437 1/2 grains/ounce), measured by weighing the front 30 feet of the fly line.

11 Weight and higher:

Monster fish territory

Great For:

  • Tarpon
  • Billfish
  • Steelhead
  • Large Pelagic Species

Weight Class Actual Line Weight (gr.) Allowable Variation (gr.±)
11 wt 330 gr. 12
12 wt 380 gr. 12
13 wt¹ 450 gr. 15
14 wt¹ 500 gr. 20
15 wt¹ 550 gr. 20
Standardized line weights as defined by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA, formerly AFTMA).
Weights are given in grains (7000 grains/pound or 437 1/2 grains/ounce), measured by weighing the front 30 feet of the fly line.

¹Standards for the 13, 14, and 15 weights set by Scientific Anglers

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