BS-100 (20' head)
The Fisher needs 4' of the shooting head (20 gr) to load the tip, loads beautifully on the full head, and of course shoots out the final 40'.
The Lami loads on the leader, goes right to work feeding line with wide timing forgiveness, and I have this rod because it's the perfect rod to fish this line in small water.
The 5' Harnell also needs 4' (20 gr) of the shooting head past the tip to register a load in the rod. It's completely unforgiving, but works efficiently with short arm movements and haul to shoot the full 60'.
T130 (24' head). Of course the Fisher dials in perfectly with this line, nothing is going to change about the initial load, and as I remember, this rod will shoot a good piece of the running line with a roll cast. Also know from experience it will shoot the full 82' line.
The full grain weight slows down the Lami and loads into the handle. It would fish, and roll-cast beautifully, but shoots better with the lighter BS-100.
The Harnell comes into its own with the 24' 130-gr shooting head out the tip. It loads deep into the rod and at a pace just about anyone could handle. I didn't try distance, but there should be nothing slowing it down, and I would expect it to shoot to 80' with good timing.
This leads me to a short-belly WF6F (Teeny first cast) - I just happen to have one spooled on a 3" Beaudex with 7' leader and a piece of yarn ready to lawn cast.
This line has a full 160 gr in a 24' belly.
10' of this line from the Harnell tip will cast a dry fly with aplomb. So I'll extrapolate to it's not going to fish a DT well inside of 20'.
Not surprising, the guides are hateful with the fat WF floater - 10' of line will not pull out any more line - you feel the line jam in the guides, and it won't feed more line without an aggressive roll cast (or dragging one in the grass). However, once you get 15+' of the belly out, the belly weight can pull the rest through the guides, and of course the guides let go into the thinner running line.
Just got back from 50+' casts into a 12-kt wind and my 2" of yarn on the end of the 7' leader.
This combo would be a joy to fish, and if I can make it to Cibolo Creek, will fish this over a Teeny BS-100.
I may get to one more line - Airflo Ridgeline WF5F ("supple Trout") - this thin line is really well-behaved in all my cane and glass...
...I'm back and found perfection. The WF5F Ridgeline with a 9' braided-butt leader goes fishing with 4' of front taper past the tip.
It will do anything you want, dries, any distance, moderately forgiving, and no friction in the guides.
The longer front taper of this line, long leader butt, with a short length of belly is all the DT you need for close fishing, and should work the same on a furled leader.
This is also the best reel I have to match the rod (the poor man's CFO), though it's about the same weight as the JLH.
A third line comes to mind, BPS 10-m DT5, my preferred floating line on the Lami 605. I put that reel in my fishing bag in case I get to the creek. But I expect to only test my extrapolation, that the little Harnell won't fish with less than half of this line out - hope to post again with the result. Noteworthy, my '60 Harnell catalog lists this rod as a 5-wt (HEH).
Anyway, it's not surprising this little rod is actually a distance rod.
It's a powerful 5/6-wt para taper in a compact package.
The surprising part is that it wants to dry fly fish well, if you work out the right parameters on line and leader.
Anxious to find out how it roll casts, but I'm betting well.
Comparison with FF605 and FF535: between these two, I found the latter to be a better roll-caster - you expect both to be good close-fishing dry fly rods, but don't expect them to be good distance rods.