One Hundred Dollar Fly Lines: Are They Worth It?
You may use these articles. You can store them. You can read them.
You may not change, republish, sell or redistribute these articles in anyway for any monetary gain. You may
not add them to your collection and sell them etc. These articles are copyrighted and we will strictly
enforce the copyright.
© 2011 E. P. Macri Jr.
I recently tested a one hundred dollar fly line under very controlled conditions (on a pond). Most
fly anglers are probably wondering for the average fly fisherman are these lines worth the increased price. I have
talked about expensive fly lines in the past and you should realize I think they are overpriced for what you
get. I tested the line on two custom made bamboo rods. Why? Because most graphites, especially
the stiffer ones under the use of a good caster like myself can get the rod to shoot anything. However, on a
bamboo rod is a different animal because these rods have custom actions and if your timing is not on no
matter what the quality of the line you won't get the same results.
The line I tested had a rough finish (most of these lines although by different
manufacturers feel and cast the same). Yes, a pebble like finish. I used two
different rod actions one parabolic and one slightly stiffer. I was able to shoot the lines 50 feet with
little effort on a windy day. The lines and the rods were ACCURATE! Yes, this is important. It's
not how far you can cast but how far you can cast accurately! I was able to consistently put the line
and fly in the exact same place that I wanted. One cast with the wind blowing in my face (around 20 miles per hour)
I shot the backcast and hit a spot on the water of around 60 feet. There is no doubt I could have cast these lines
75 to 85 feet if I had room to back cast).
So is this line worth the hundred bucks? Well, that depends. First of all, if you can't
cast a fly line accurately and precisely then this won't help you one bit. Second, you do realize the average
trout is less than 35 feet away on most streams and most fly anglers have too much line out to begin with.
However, if you are doing long distant accurate casting and need a line that will shoot in the wind without
going to a double haul than these lines might be worth the money. I could see this line being an advantage on
some wide river like Henry's Fork of the Snake where on some sections you need to cast a long distance with a dry
fly or spinner pattern especially with trout on the move then this line might be worth it because it will allow
less false casting and more accurate distant casting.
For most fly fishing I buy the cheapest lines I can get. I take care of them properly and
clean them as I have instructed on this website. As always match your
equipment to your situation. An overly expensive rod, or expensive line won't fill in the gaps in your fly
fishing experience, only practice and patience can do that.