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Spey Standards
Currently the spey AFFTA standard has four separate categories. One for shooting heads, 
one for short head spey line, one for mid length spey line and one for long belly lines. 
The standards recommend that the lines are split into four groups and the line will be 
called quite simply: 

1) H, for shooting heads (measured at 40 ft) 
2) S, for short head spey lines (measured at 55 ft) 
3) M, for mid length spey lines (measured at 65 ft) 
4) L, for long belly spey lines (measured at 75 ft) 

The weights are as follows. 
# H S M L Increment
5 - 380 - - 40
6 250 420 460 600 50
7 300 470 510 650 60
8 360 530 570 710 70
9 430 600 640 780 80
10 510 680 720 860 90
11 600 770 810 950 100
12 700 870 910 1050 -

The proposed tolerances were +/- 30 grains. 

Thus any WindCutter type line weighing 580 grains would simply be called S9. Any long 
belly line of 700 grains would be L8 and so on. 

The new standard was approved by AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association) at 
their annual meeting during Fly Fishing Retailer show in Denver in September 2004. The 
standard was intended to be a ‘working’ standard, but was approved and adopted by a 
majority at the meeting. The committee formed to make the initial recommendations was 
made up of: Andy Murray (Hardy’s), Tim Rajeff (Airflo and Echo), Steve Rajeff 
(Loomis), Al Buhr (Sage and Scientific Anglers), Jim Vincent and Simon Gawesworth 
(Rio), Kerry Burkheimer (CF Burkheimer).