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Old 06-29-2009, 08:53 PM
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Default Advice Needed on Fly Lines for 5wt Outfit

Hey guys. I will buying a Sage Flight in a 5wt, 9ft., 4-pc model in the coming days. I've always used Cortland fly lines (444, lazerline), but I've heard lots about other lines. I'll be nymphing in tailwaters primarily.

Any suggestions on a top quality fly line? I've heard some good things about Rio Grand, and SA GLX. I know there will be lots of opinions on this, so let's hear 'em.
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One more thing--I've been fishing for years, and I have several high end rods from Winston, Sage, Scott and St. Croix. It's just that I've never "branched out" and tried anything other than Cortland 444 or Lazerline. Any advice?
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That rod is fairly fast action, and might perform best with a heavier line like SA's GPX or Rio's Grand.

I would likely pair it with SA's Expert Distance- long belly for roll casting and mending, not heavy, and good at kicking over larger flies.
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Hey guys. I will buying a Sage Flight in a 5wt, 9ft., 4-pc model in the coming days. I've always used Cortland fly lines (444, lazerline), but I've heard lots about other lines. I'll be nymphing in tailwaters primarily.

Any suggestions on a top quality fly line? I've heard some good things about Rio Grand, and SA GLX. I know there will be lots of opinions on this, so let's hear 'em.
Rio Grand and SA Master GPX lines are great all around lines, but for a dedicated nymphing rig, I would go for a Rio Nymph line. Like the Grand and GPX the nymph line is slightly overweighted. It's taper design is made to help turn over the excess baggage (weighted flies, split shot/putty, and indicators).

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Edit: The coating on the high end Rio lines are slicker and durable and float higher than the Cortland Lazer lines.
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Rio Grand and SA Master GPX lines are great all around lines, but for a dedicated nymphing rig, I would go for a Rio Nymph line. Like the Grand and GPX the nymph line is slightly overweighted. It's taper design is made to help turn over the excess baggage (weighted flies, split shot/putty, and indicators).

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Edit: The coating on the high end Rio lines are slicker and durable and float higher than the Cortland Lazer lines.
Not sure about the Rio Nymph line, but I had a SA Nymph line a while back and that long fat belly made it take up quite alot of space on the spool. If the Rio is the same way, You'll need to leave a DT amount of space on the spool before adding the line.
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As Cliff mentioned, more space is required for a long bellied line like the Rio Nymph taper. If you have a smaller 5 weight reel with limited capacity, you could always cut off 10 to 15 feet of backing. If you have a modern 5 weight large arbor reel (outer diameter 3.25" to 3.5") you will have plenty of capacity for the line.

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Default Re: Advice Needed on Fly Lines for 5wt Outfit

That's good info, becasue I will be putting an Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor--the older version--on it, and it does not hold a tremendous amount of line/backing well.
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Another way to squeeze room on your reel is to use 30 pound spectra braided line instead of 20 pound dacron backing. 30 pound spectra braid is thinner than 12 pound dacron backing.

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