04-17-2010, 01:54 PM
Re: Fly lines costs
Manny and Kathy-
Welcome to the forum, sounds like you two are both having fun.
As you've noticed there's a big difference in the cost of fly lines, with some lines running 20 bucks or so on up to Scientific Anglers Sharkskin at 99. Most companies (Scientific Angler, Rio, Airflo) will have decent lines at a price point of 40 and their premium lines at 65-70
In addition fly lines will vary in the
actual weight of the fly line with some "5 weight" (as an example) lines being heavier in actual grains than other "5 weight" lines,
tapers (wf/dt orspecialized for nymphing or streamers)
stiffness/coating- slickness and shootability for better distance
floatability- some premium lines will float higher/better
Picking one out can get really confusing.
Color- opinions vary on this, but like Pegboy1, personally I don't think it matters too much for a floating line, since in most cases it will tend to appear black from below (as a silhouette). That said I generally prefer a muted shade ("buckskin", pale green or blue etc rather than blaze orange or some other high viz color).
Ideally you should try different lines to see what works best with your rod and casting style, and it sounds like you are blessed with a local fly shop (most of the ones around here are long gone). Pegboy1's advise is right on about getting help from them.
But be aware of the fishing conditions you typically encounter as opposed to focusing only on the maximum distance you can reach--- many people find that they typically fish moving water in streams usually fishing 20-40 feet out--- In moving water across different currents speeds, just because you might be able to cast 90 feet with a premium line doesn't mean you should-- you'd be better off wading closer and fishing with less line on the water.
What model of Sage rods and fly line do you guys have now? What types of distances do you typically fish and how far can you cast now (with a 9 foot leader)? This might help folks weigh in about some fly lines to try.
Paying a bit more for a premium line can often improve distance a bit-- BUT if you had to choose between paying more for a premium fly line fly line and getting a tuneup with a good casting instructor that can help with timing and mechanics, the instruction would be a better investment - at least for most of us.