Friday, January 24, 2014
Line Testers - What's Your Fly Line
The truth is that unless you are the type of angler that hits the water more than twice a week then you'd probably never know the difference. The average angler wont be able to tell a $80 line from a $12 one and will catch just as many fish with the cheap line. I might get a little push back from some of you out there but its the truth. Sure the expensive brands are more accurately manufactured and the weights are measured to a higher standard, the line picks off the water better, and they stand up to a beating for a longer time but to an angler that hits the water a few times a month in the winter and only slightly more in peak season then they'd never notice the difference.
On the other hand it is precisely those small differences that make a huge difference for the obsessed anglers out there. For anglers that have elevated their game a good fly line is indispensable and in the long run it saves them money. I have had a variety of fly line on my reels over the years - everything from a $9 Academy Sports sale line that lasted half a season to a top end Rio line that served my primary reel for a good number of years. They both work, they both hook fish and fresh out of the box its hard to tell them apart, but as time takes it toll on the micro surfaces of the line you begin to see the reason people shell out big bucks for top shelf fly lines. Where a cheap line may last a dedicated angler a single season, the high end lines may last three or more years.
For the average anglers out there that may only hit the water a dozen or so times a year or the beginning anglers just getting started, there is no need to get those high priced lines. Get a cheap line and keep it clean and you will do fine until you get the drive to fish like a mad man. When that happens and you cant stay away from the stream then that's the time to get yourself a good fly line. It will last longer and resist the abrasion that it is bound to get from having big browns drag the bottom of the river for submerged logs.
Regardless of the line you get you'd do well to take good care of it. A well cleaned line picks up off the water better than a dirty one. During the peak season of fly fishing I clean my lines about every other month - which is not nearly as much as I should and often I find myself stream side wishing In had spent the time to clean the line the night before.
With all that said I now pose a question to my fellow anglers, What is your favorite fly line and how often do you clean it?
Posted by Unknown at 9:07 PM