The wast majority of trout anglers will never fish a fly smaller than 16, and that only if they are very daring.Paul Arden wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:10 pm
An even more interesting example I think is trout fishing with fine tippets. We often fish size 20 flies with 7x /.10 tippet. With a 4WT line and a reasonably forgiving rod not a problem. But if that line is a 6WT then you simply cannot fish properly.
It’s like wearing shoes that are too big for you. Yes you can still walk but try to run and you will fall flat on your face!
More likely you'll see 12-14 for the dries, 4-5x for the tippet, and a 4 weight line thats really a 6 and it works for the purpose. And thats really the problem here, we are a small population nerdy and needy enough to want more than what's given, and the market doesn't give a damn about us, as we buy far to little to matter on the bottom line.
PS. When will that database be up?