Matching Lines to DTX Rods
Matching lines to rods can get to be an expensive proposition, especially when you're also trying to learn Spey casting at the same time. We can't all get out there with dozens of lines and try them all day to get the best match for us, so I put these charts together to help narrow down your search.
While what I prefer may not match your preferences, the tables do provide a useful reference point. I prefer my lines a bit on the light side, though I will use a heavy line on the odd occasion for specific situations, such as high winds.
In some cases, I have tried the line on more than one rod, commenting on whether it felt useable or not. For example, if I commented that the line felt heavy, but was quite fishable, that might be the best choice for a person who likes their lines on the heavy side.
I have broken down the line matching tables by DTX rod, then by line manufacturer and then by type, so it will be easier for you to find the lines to fit your rod. I have retained the old Line Matching tables as not all of the information there has been carried over to the new section, for example, information on the lines that did not work.
If you have any questions on line choices, you can always fire off an email to me.