03-07-2014, 12:34 PM
Re: Cabelas Fly Lines
Let me add a little bit of outdated info in that it has been a while since i really looked into it (and who knows i might even be remembering it wrong). First off, when i first started fly fishing (perhaps <20 years ago), of all the numerous brands of fly line out there I believe (and may just have been in the U.S.) there were only 2 actual manufacturers (I think it was Cortland and Scientific Anglers yet can't recall).
All fly lines were made by these companies....Yes, they had different packaging, colors, and most likely specifications, yet for all intents and purposes if you bought any type of line it was made by those two.
Now that is not to say that "Bob's Lines" didn't have some proprietary formulation, taper, surface, etc. that no other line had, yet in the end the equipment at those two firms can really only manufacture so much diversity.
In any case......Though a line may be made to lower standards (hence costing less), or of higher quality with special gimics.....Doesn't mean that it will perform worse or better for you.
Things like does it float or sink when it is supposed to, slip through the guides and so on valid issues, yet past that it really is a matter of trial and error to find the "ultimate" line for you in that how you cast, the water you fish in (contaminants, still/flowing, etc.), your rod, average air/water temperatures (as line will soften and stiffen) all affect that end result.
More so, the very same piece of line you use on your "X 5wt." brand rod may work totally different in Tom's "Y 5wt." brand rod. Even more so the rods can be of the same brand and simply rod actions will determine how well it works.
As an example: My Orvis Big Horn Special 8'6" 5wt. casts the finest WF-5wt.F Orvis textured/lube dripping/expensive line I bought just so-so. Cabela's most expensive WF-5wt.F line was terrible. Cortland's 444 it did fairly well with, and their 333 WF-5wt.F (bottom end line) it did even better with......More so, Cortland's 333 WF-7wt. F and Sinking tip it booms out a mile, sets down like a feather, and i can always drop the fly in a tin cup...Figure that one out.
What that all translates to is that no one can tell you "yes this will work great or not." They can tell you how well it worked for them, tell you if it does what it is supposed to.....Yet in the end your rod, how you cast and fish and where you fish will determine how well that line performs for you.
Most of all, in the end all of those tiny little nuances may not even be noticable or matter. My buddy casts with such old line (and wrong weight for that matter) that it plops down in with a massive splash in coils like a slinky and he thinks it is perfect as it suits him just fine.
So, consider if others state it worked as intended (floated, sank, straightened out) and then let everyone know how whatever line worked out for you.
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Last edited by GrtLksMarlin; 04-13-2014 at 08:57 AM.