Fly lines purpose is to help you cast tiny feather like fly more than 100 feet. When looking at the fly line it is important to make sure fly line weight is balanced with your fly rod, how effortlessly is fly line loading your fly rod, how easy it is to cast for your style of casting and lastly can it cast accurately.
Beyond ease of casting and rod loading you have to look at what fishing purpose it serves. there are two other types of consideration besides line weight and those are line taper and line buoyancy.
Most lines come in between 70 and 120 feet in length.
Color – for some anglers color is important or just a fashion statement. brighter fly lines are easier to see on the water and also easier to see when casting. More natural tones are preferred and bright colors might turn the fish off. Some lines are color coded, meaning every section that fly line tapers or diameter changes so as color. Some fly lines ar two toned and some are try colored.
Core and coating- core is made out of braided nylon strings. This component carries the weight and the line characteristics. Fly line coating is what you normally can touch, major body of the line. Coating is made of many materials like PVC, vinyl, polyurethane or other polymeric materials. Material used in coating will determine how buoyancy or sinking ability this line will have. It all depends on weight of the materials. Salt water line coating will be much different from the freshwater and fly lines float higher and sink much slower in the saltwater.
End Connector loop – Most present day fly lines have one or both of fly line ends welded loops. These loops are very handy when in need to change your fly line or leader faster.
Weight Forward (WF): Head of line is distinctly toward one end.
Double Taper (DT): Belly is extended and both ends are identically tapered.
Shooting Taper (ST): Front taper and belly similar to WF line, typically a 30-foot head with more abrupt rear taper
- Tip: Short (6”) piece of line to which leader is attached.
- Front taper: Section of line that reduces mass/diameter of line from belly to tip, allows line to cast and deliver the fly well.
- Belly: Section of the line that contains most of the line’s weight, that loads the rod for casting.
- Rear taper: Section of the line that reduces mass/diameter of line from belly to running line to allow longer casts.
- Running line: Small-diameter rear section of line that shoots through the rod guides well as it is small and light.
- Head: Front taper, Belly and Rear taper, combined.
After you’ve picked out the rod and reel, now it’s time to match the line to both.
Fly lines have improved tremendously and has wide selection for any caster level. Fly lines have come a long ways since last time silk fly lines were used. Silk lines had to be maintained constantly and didn’t perform as well as new lines we have now.
So much science been applied to develop new lines and availability for any skill lever or species of fish i…….
Matching right line to the rod will make you cast more efficiently.
To extend your fly lines life i recommend cleaning it after every trip. All you have to do is rinse it and or wipe it off after each trip. When it comes to the salt water, it is mandatory to rinse it off with the water right after your trip everyday. This also will help to prevent corrosion on your reel and rod. Cleaning your line will prevent it from further deterioration
You will know when your line hasn’t been cleaned. When you’re out fishing and don’t know why your line keeps sinking and still sinks after you apply some line floating. Easiest is to just clean the line and save yourself from the frustration and also putting some fish down in the process.
Cleaning the line is very easy, pull the fly line all the way out of the reel and apply special line cleaning solution.
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Ff you don’t have special line cleaner it’s ok. Place your fly line into the kitchen sink and use a mild dish soap to degrease and remove the dirt collected. Make sure you rinse it well afterwards. Dry it with towels and you’re ready for your next trip!
While your line is still off the spool it’s not a bad idea to stretch it out.