Re: Textured or not?
Textured or not?- Not.
Mending is a function of the lines stiffness, taper and buoyancy - not solely it’s finish - textured or not.
All those voids created by high and low spots, allow matter ( salt - detritus) to collect. In time, you’ll find yourself needing to clean the line more thoroughly to keep it performing well. Many of us went through this with first round of textured lines in the late 80’s and the original problem still exits. They’ve simply identified a new generation of anglers to market an old idea to.
The noise never really bothered me.
"Textured or not - what are your recommendations for an all purpose 5 wt WF F fly line?"
For Trout & Panfish: Scientific Anglers Mastery Series Trout Taper Its capable of a lot more than it's name implies.
Cortland's nearly forty year old 444SL is very good ( if not a bit stiff ) longer bellied WF that mends very well and with very good tracking characteristics. It's better for faster tapered rods and it's continued popularity in some areas seems to be driven largerly by the higher day time temps typical to those areas.
If the distances are short and you're using larger wind resistant flies, something along the lines of Scientific Anglers GPX or Rio's Grand will work nicely.