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The Importance of Fly Lines in Spin Fishing

Choosing the Right Fly Line for Successful Fishing

Fly lines are an essential consideration in fly fishing, as they play a significant role in casting performance. In fact, fly lines are often more important than the rod itself. Despite this, many intermediate and advanced casters make the mistake of using worn-out lines or lines designed for other purposes. As a beginner, it’s crucial not to add the extra challenge of an old, worn-out fly line.

When starting out in fly fishing, a general-purpose floating weight-forward freshwater line is recommended. Brands like Scientific Anglers, Rio Gold, Cortland Trout Precision, and Orvis Generation 3 Trout offer high-quality floating lines that meet the needs of most trout stream anglers. These lines are versatile and can be used for dry-fly fishing, nymphing, and most streamer fishing.

However, as you progress as a fly fisher, you will need specialty fly lines for specific fishing situations. Floating trout lines may not be suitable for casting bass popping bugs, catching trout in deep water, or targeting steelhead and salmon in large, swift rivers. It’s important to understand how different lines are built and how the core, coating, and taper of each line affect performance.

The core of a fly line is like its skeleton, giving it strength and flexibility. Monofilament core lines have less stretch and are stiffer, making them better suited for hot weather or tropical species like bonefish. Multifilament core lines are commonly used for trout and other coldwater species as they allow for more control over memory, stretch, and stiffness.

The coating of a fly line is the plastic covering applied to the core. Most line companies use polyvinylchloride (PVC) for the coating, which can be made soft and flexible by adding plasticizers. Various proprietary combinations of these ingredients are used to produce different line qualities. Airflo, a UK company, uses polyurethane instead of PVC for its coating. Polyurethane is more durable and resistant to cracking.

Taper, the outside dimension of a fly line, affects its casting performance. Different thicknesses along the line create varying distribution of mass, determining how the line performs in different conditions. Weight-forward and double-taper are the two major groups of fly line tapers. Weight-forward lines are more popular as they allow for longer casts. However, double-taper lines are economical and sufficient for shorter to medium-range fishing situations.

In addition to taper, color can also play a role in fly fishing. Brightly-colored lines are recommended for beginners as they are easier to see in the air and on the water. However, once you gain more experience, factors like heavy splashdown or shadow caused by a moving line become more important than color.

When it comes to sinking lines, there are two general ways to get down to fish – using a floating line with added

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