Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Fly Line...How Important Is It To You??
So fly line....does it make the outfit complete? How important is it? I recently had a discussion with a friend of mind regarding the purchasing of new fly line. I have a 4wt rod that needs line. Right now I under-power it with some 3wt line. So we got to talking about fly lines and he suggested I look into purchasing some factory seconds fly line. He explained that they are around 10 dollars a line which is certainly lower then the 50-70 I usually spend on fly line. This got me thinking a little about fly line in general. How important is it really? I must admit that while I do have a fly fishing and tying blog, this is something I have never really thought about. I am not a gear head by any stretch of the imagination. Truth be told, I have never really paid attention to rod action or fly lines. When I first started fly fishing, I tended to just pick a rod, a fly line in the weight to match the rod, and then I hit the water. It wasn't until much later that I started to really understand the mechanics involved in fly casting and why it is so important to make sure all the components of your outfit fit well together. Many people I speak with are surprised to learn that there is a difference in cold water and warm water fly lines. Using the wrong line at the wrong time can be disastrous not only for you but for the line as well.
As technology advances, new fly lines are constantly being introduced. These fly lines are more specific in their application. We now have access to fly lines that are specifically designed for Carp, Striped Bass, Smallmouth bass, Panfish, Redfish, etc. We also have access to fly lines that specialize in streamers, dries, bass bugs, nymphs and such. Rio, Airflo, Cortland, and SA are all fly line manufacturers that I have used in the past. Some I have liked and some I have not. Fishing poppers and throwing flies into a 20 mile per hour wind while at Beaver Island reinforced the importance of a decent fly line. So my question is, would you buy a factory second fly line? What if the only difference in the second fly line from the "good" one was line color or a small bump on the line itself? Thoughts?