If you have problems with your fly rod, line and casting the reason is not always in your skills! Sometimes the Rod Line Weigth marked onto your rod simply is not right!

In RODMAKER- magazine (2, 2003) W. HANNEMAN puts forward a simple method to measure the real characteristics of a fly rod: you put a spesific weight to the tip of your rod to bend it downwards 1 / 3 of its length. The weight (number of Eurocoins, Effective Rod Number ERN) and the bending angle (Action Angle AA) describes the characteristics of your rod. In USA the weight is adjusted as local Cent coins (Common Cent System, CC -system). An American Cent is 2.50 grams, 38.61 grains. Because we do not have so many US Cents here in Europe I have translated the tables to Eurocoins: 5 Eurocent is 3.92 gram and 1 Eurocent is 2.30 gram.

Less than 59 degrees = SLOW

59 - 63 degrees = MODERATE

63 - 66 degrees = MODERATE / FAST

More than 66 degrees = FAST

You may measure the 59, 63 and 66 degrees as following: Take a piece of graph paper and draw a right angle (90 degrees) Count 20 units (boxes) downwards. Count 12 units (boxes) to the horizontal line - that is 59 degrees. Count 10 units (boxes) to the horixzontal line - that is 63 degrees. Count 9 units (boxes) to the horizontal line - that is 66 degrees. See the FIGURE for details, the GREEN rod is slow and the RED rod is fast with the proper weight fixed to the tip.

Value 4.0-4.9 means a number #4 and an ERN value 4.5 in the table means a typical rod for #4 line.

Five-cent Eurocoins and Rod Number W. Hanneman RodMaker 2003

No of 5 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 5 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 5 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 5 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # |

10 | # 1.2 | 20 | # 3.6 | 30 | # 6.0 | 40 | # 8.0 |

11 | # 1.5 | 21 | # 3.9 | 31 | # 6.2 | 41 | # 8.2 |

12 | # 1.7 | 22 | # 4.1 | 32 | # 6.4 | 42 | # 8.4 |

13 | # 2.0 | 23 | # 4.3 | 33 | # 6.7 | 43 | # 8.5 |

14 | # 2.2 | 24 | # 4.6 | 34 | # 6.9 | 44 | # 8.7 |

15 | # 2.4 | 25 | # 4.8 | 35 | # 7.0 | 45 | # 8.8 |

16 | # 2.7 | 26 | # 5.1 | 36 | # 7.2 | 46 | # 9.0 |

17 | # 2.9 | 27 | # 5.3 | 37 | # 7.4 | 47 | # 9.2 |

18 | # 3.2 | 28 | # 5.5 | 38 | # 7.6 | 48 | # 9.3 |

19 | # 3.4 | 29 | # 5.8 | 39 | # 7.8 | 49 | # 9.5 |

No of 1 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 1 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 1 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 1 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 1 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # | No of 1 Cent Coins | Rod Number ERN # |

10 | # | 20 | # 1.7 | 30 | # 3.1 | 40 | # 4.4 | 50 | # 5.8 | 60 | # 7.1 |

11 | # | 21 | # 1.8 | 31 | # 3.2 | 41 | # 4.6 | 51 | # 5.9 | 61 | # 7.2 |

12 | # | 22 | # 1.9 | 32 | # 3.3 | 42 | # 4.7 | 52 | # 6.1 | 62 | # 7.3 |

13 | # | 23 | # 2.1 | 33 | # 3.5 | 43 | # 4.8 | 53 | # 6.2 | 63 | # 7.4 |

14 | # | 24 | # 2.2 | 34 | # 3.6 | 44 | # 5.0 | 54 | # 6.3 | 64 | # 7.5 |

15 | # 0.9 | 25 | # 2.4 | 35 | # 3.7 | 45 | # 5.1 | 55 | # 6.4 | 65 | # 7.7 |

16 | # 1.1 | 26 | # 2.5 | 36 | # 3.9 | 46 | # 5.3 | 56 | # 6.6 | 66 | # 7.8 |

17 | # 1.2 | 27 | # 2.7 | 37 | # 4.0 | 47 | # 5.4 | 57 | # 6.7 | 67 | # 7.9 |

18 | # 1.4 | 28 | # 2.8 | 38 | # 4.1 | 48 | # 5.5 | 58 | # 6.8 | 68 | # 8.0 |

19 | # 1.5 | 29 | # 2.9 | 39 | # 4.3 | 49 | # 5.7 | 59 | # 6.9 | 69 | # 8.1 |

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