Lines and the AFTM system


Throughout the years, I have seen many anglers confused because they couldn’t figure out what in general was wrong with their casting. Upon examination of their gear, most of the time the root of the problem was due to the fact that their tackle wasn’t developed properly and/or it was sold to them unbalanced. Normally the line ends up not matching the rod, and when that is the case it doesn’t matter if one is an incredibly skilled caster since nothing can compensate for that fatal error.

Therefore, in my gear development, I’ve tried to correct this by adding a casting weight to the AFTM number and have listed this on the rods, and have also added a casting weight to the line weight listed on the fly line boxes. In my view, this slight revolution has brought us a step closer because now the angler can actually see what casting weight he has to buy for his rod, providing the customer with a solid opportunity to be sure that his tackle is well-balanced and adjusted. This means the client only needs to focus on learning/perfecting the cast. Nothing gives an angler a better start in fly casting than the confidence that the tools he is using are actually produced and adjusted correctly.

My fondest hope is that the rest of the industry begins to use this system of adding casting weights to rods and lines. It is important that the industry shows respect for the customers and empowers them to make the right decision, on their own and without deceptive marketing.

Over the last few years, many clients and friends have asked me to put together hosted trips to places I’d recommend, having been fortunate enough to have fished extensively in many of the world’s greatest locations. I’ve finally decided to work those into my schedule, yet only those places that I have personally found immense pleasure in fishing and experiencing on multiple occasions. 
Henrik Mortensen: Professional Fly Angler, Fly Caster, Designer, Instructor & Author