Says a lot for choice of rod too. Going a foot longer and a line weight lighter would benefit many a fly fisher.Aye, I noted someone upthread was recommended to use 12 lb Maxima on one of the Irish loughs. I thought WTF? I use 6 lb Maxima on the salmon, seatrout and ferox lochs. Never come close to being broken on it. I think my 7-weight rod would break before 6 lb Maxima did. I got in a situation last year when I was trying to lever a salmon out from under the boat, and I had the rod bent into a circle and I was looking at it and was worrying it was going to break. The fish gave up and came out from under the boat and we netted it. I thought, well, if you can do that with 6 lb Maxima, when would you need to go heavier???
I use 8lb. Maxima green for everything, because all my fishing pretty much is 2 handed trout spey. The interesting thing is, thst I still catch lots of small fish as well as the more usual 2-5lb'ers.
Many would be surprisef to see a 1/2lb fish on the end of a large 100mm streamer. It Happens a lot, when it happens at all; and you wish the small fish would just fark orf, to give the bigger fish a look in!