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Old 07-07-2013, 10:55 PM
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Default slicing fly line with taper

Is this possible? because I think in all my practicing I may have done this. As I was reeling in I found a slice about halfway through part of my fly line and I have a feeling it was my fault. As I am learning to cast I have hit the line and pole with the taper several times on the back cast.

Has anyone else done this?
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Default Re: slicing fly line with taper

When you say taper, I'm guessing you mean a tapered nylon leader. I doubt that would slice your fly line.
You may have a defective line, or could have damaged it when opening the package perhaps.
Next question of course is, do you have a fly tied on ? It may be the cause of the slice. Those little hooks can be sharp as a razor. You might want to practice casting a small piece of yarn instead. I know lots of fly fishermen who still manage to hit the rod with the leader or fly. I have been know to catch my own hat or earlobe. Try the yarn for a little while. Besides being safer, it's also easier to see ! I like bright red.
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Default Re: slicing fly line with taper

I have been using a small piece of ribbon. No fly.
The line came on a solo reel, but I had it moved to an ion reel.
As I am new to this some of my back casts have been very bad and resulted in knots I had to untie in the tapered leader.
I bought another leader because I am pretty sure I am killing this one.
Some of my casts have hit the line hard.
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Your leader can slice into your line if you get a bad enough tangle.
If it's not too bad you can force a little Krazy Glue into the crack and you should be fine.
If you're just practicing with a piece of ribbon, instead of ruining a store bought tapered leader try a length of regular mono instead. Not too long 6-7 feet and fairly heavy 8-12 # test
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Default Re: slicing fly line with taper

So they warranty the line.. i wonder if I should get it replaced or buy a higher quality line.
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If you're just practicing with a piece of ribbon, instead of ruining a store bought tapered leader try a length of regular mono instead. Not too long 6-7 feet and fairly heavy 8-12 # test
Ditto -- this is a great way to see whether you are putting wind knots into your leader when casting. Everytime you see a wind knot in the leader, you've likely thrown a tailing loop in your cast -- meaning you need to adjust some aspect of your casting technique.

When I first started I had a lot of leader knots during casting practice even at distances of 40-50'. I am now throwing up to 90' with a good double haul and leader knots are very rare. It's all about practice and removing slack from your casting stroke (to me). It really does get easier -- just practice!
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So they warranty the line.. i wonder if I should get it replaced or buy a higher quality line.
Do you think that it would make a difference ?
Would you even recognize it if it did ?
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Default Re: slicing fly line with taper

This may be cost prohibitive for some, but I've found this works well for me. In the long run I think it works out in my benefit. I have an inexpensive reel lined with old fly line to use for practicing in the yard. When your lines die, save them to practice with.

Sometimes I use tapered leaders and alter them as I need to when fishing, sometimes I tie my own. When one of them has lived beyond it's useful life on the stream, I save them, add mono to it to get the length I need and use them on the practice line, always tipped with a piece of glo bug yarn on the end.
I try not to use new line to practice with in the yard, a few casts shouldn't hurt you though. Save the good line for practice on the stream, river or lake.

I repaired cracked line with Loon's Knotsense in the field and although not perfect, it worked well enough to get me by. Its more flexible than Krazy Glue, though maybe not quite as durable.
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Default Re: slicing fly line with taper

Seems pretty plausable. Do know that you can slice into a tensioned sheet paper with 4X tippet. It's not that hard to get the tippet/fly to break the sound barrier - it's that whip-like snap behind you of a messed up cast.

What to do about a sliced line... am clueless so I would be following the advice given.
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Default Re: slicing fly line with taper

You can repair it. I would recommend following manufacturer guidance but I have used PVC repair cement with success.
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