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Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:13:41 PM »

Can someone please explain what is the meaning of the line ratings we see on rods?
Is it the strength of the rod? Would a rod break if a heavier line is used?
Some people say is just the line (lbs/test) at which the rod "cast" better, for maximum distance and feeling.
It's confusing. Thanks in advance!


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Re: Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2017, 04:15:54 PM »

I dont even read that crap anymore. Just get the power/action you are looking for to do the job and be done with it.
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Re: Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 04:19:27 PM »

It's only a guide, with that said, St Croix has in their warranty you have to send a piece of line in for warranty replacement?  I know they don't even look at it, probably laugh about it.  And they will replace any rod that doesn't show signs of abuse.

With today's good reels and great drag systems, there is no worry about the line rating IMHO

Like LMG said, get the correct action you want and fish on!
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Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 05:18:21 PM »

I got these new reels (for Saltwater fishing) with good cranking power, drag and line capacity, that I plan to use with 40, 65, and even 80 lbs/test. I have some rods rated (line rating) for up to 40 lbs, I want to make sure they won't break if I put a heavier line on them.
I know one can fight fish with the reel's drag and let the fish take some line until tired, but it is also a relief knowing the rod can take it too.

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Re: Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 08:06:42 PM »

I'd be looking more at the Power/Action and the weight on the rod. Usually a rod will tell you how many oz it casts optimally depending on its power/action.
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Re: Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 09:32:47 PM »

I never had a rod break. I always let the reel do its job. I guess I am overthinking it.

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Re: Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2017, 10:08:24 AM »

Same here. Never paid much attention to the line guide.

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Re: Meaning of Line Rating on Rods.
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2017, 11:03:35 AM »

Match the rod power and action to the situation and all is well. Never had an issue with heavier line on a rod.
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