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Old 11-10-2010, 05:07 PM
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Default Re: Cracked Fly Line

Holy cow! I have never had nor even heard of such a thing before. Was the line submerged when it parted? Could it have cut the line off on some sharp underwater object? I can't imagine a line breaking before the tippet would under any circumstance other than clipping it off on a sharp obstruction.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:04 PM
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Holy cow! I have never had nor even heard of such a thing before. Was the line submerged when it parted? Could it have cut the line off on some sharp underwater object? I can't imagine a line breaking before the tippet would under any circumstance other than clipping it off on a sharp obstruction.
Dan - I have never had it happen to me before, and have not heard of a fly line breaking like that either. I was amazed that could happen! I had hooked a decent sized trout (3 lbs ?) and it dived into a heavy weedline and anchored itself in the weeds. As the fish was twisting in the weeds and I was maintaining steady pressure, the fish pulled and the fly line snapped - the break point was under the water, but was just under the surface in the center of the stream..a clear area with no rocks or other obstructions to get caught on. I lost 3ft of 5x fluoro tippet and a 6ft furled leader in addition to the approximately 4ft of fly line. What I found floating, and recovered, was about 2ft of tippet, the furled leader and 4ft of flyline including the welded loop (the fly was presumably still stuck in the fish!). I had previously noticed that there were a couple of small cracks in the fly line, but nothing that was broken clear through the pvc nor completely around the core as described in prior posts about Rio lines. That is why I am assuming it was either a defective line, or else one more case of the outer layer of a Rio fly line being very soft.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:22 AM
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I had Rio Gold....bad bad line
I guess I am not there yet. I love the way it handles and fishes. I'm just having issues with the loops. I have every confidence they'll get this thing licked.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:05 PM
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I guess I am not there yet. I love the way it handles and fishes. I'm just having issues with the loops. I have every confidence they'll get this thing licked.
Well,i love way how rio line behave too
But,it is lot of money for line that cant last 2 or 3 months..cover is to soft...
for example,one cortland line i used for years...and then just turn it over and used same line for some more years
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I use Rio all the time and generally like them. I do find that after unraveling them sometimes I have to work hard to get the memory out.
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Default Re: Cracked Fly Line

In reading all of these posts and after getting good life from every one of my fly lines a few things come to mind...

The coating adds nothing to the strength of a fly line. The strength is in the core.

Is the handshake loop-to-loop connection you're using symmetrical and uniform at the line/leader junction? The loops can be connected wrong which leads to undo stresses. The leader must be put through the line loop and not back through itself.

Does the flex of the butt section of the leader somewhat match the flex of the fly line tip?
I found it handy to have the stack of Amnesia spools I used for leader bulding handy when making a leader butt section and finding the material that matches the flex of the particular line I'm rigging. I find it hard to think that one size Amesia flexes that same as lines from 2 weight to 12 weight.

I really like the welded loops and keep them on as long as possible. If you think about it, you get double the floatation right where you need it most. Before the welded loops came out, I made my own doubled loops with Gudebrod braid over the tip coating then using the Lefty tying thread trick to finish the loops off.
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Default Re: Cracked Fly Line

It comes down to the loop construction and the curing temp of the PVC according to Simon Gawesworth at Rio.

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I think I will try one of the SA GPX lines on the same 4wt and see how long it lasts!


I wouldn't count on the GPX.............
I've had 3 sets of GPX crack on me
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I wouldn't count on the GPX.............
I've had 3 sets of GPX crack on me
I have had a SA-GPX on a fast 6wt for a couple of years and have had no issues at all. However, I will probably not get replacement 4wt and 5wt GPX lines for at least another year - I simply nailed a piece of Amnesia to the end of the fly lines and tied perfection loops on the end to use as my loop-to-loop connection. I have to get at least some use out of the Rio lines - they cost too darn much to use for only a part of one year and then pitch!
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