20meter (65ft) spools
#2.5 or #3.5 or #4.5?
A #4.5 line is easier to cast, but slightly more challenging to keep off the water at longer distances.
The #3.5 line is slightly more challenging to cast, but can be kept off the water at a longer distance more easily.
The #2.5 line (recommended by Tenkara) is the most challenging to cast, but the easiest to keep off the water.
Additionally, the heavier lines will pair better with the stiffer rods, so the 4.5 lines are recommended for the Yamame and Amago rods.
What do these numbers mean?
We have decided to switch from the "pound-test" classification we used in our first lines, to the original Japanese classification system. In the past we offered a 10lb and 15lb lines, now we're offering what is roughly 12lb (#3.5) and 17lb (#4.5) test. Back in time, when anglers used silkworm gut (tegusu), and other fibers, lines were classified their actual weight, not the diameter (e.g. how much a certain amount of line weighed). In 1955, a standard was proposed where a #1 line was set to be 0.165mm and #10 line was set as 0.520mm. Today, line diameters are standardized, but not strictly so.
#3.5 0.320mm .0125"
#4.5 0.365mm .014"
20meter (65ft) spools allow you to cut 4 or 5 lines out of one spool. For example, cut one that is 12ft long, one that is 18ft for larger waters.
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