Originally Posted by wt bash
Can't help with the silk line though but I did find this Silk Fly Lines what's listed there is basically all the reasons I don't use silk. I still think its pretty cool but I'm too lazy.
Good advice here...If the line is old check if it's not"rotten" or on the contrary dry and stiff for it may break while fishing.Take it out of the reel,clean it and grease it several times .If it's a parallel one I advise you to you to cut the first yards which are usually worn out
not sure what I said is clear enough...have a look here too..
Fly Fishing History: Refinishing old silk lines
Over My Waders