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Old 03-22-2009, 07:16 PM
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Default How long do fly lines live?

On average, given you take resonable care of your line, how long do they last?
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:24 PM
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Even when a fished a few days a week I never had to throw out a line because of normal wear and tear. Crushing them between boot and rock hurt them, flaming cigarette butts and cats have cut them in half and sharp edges of torn the coating but in 20 years I never had one crack or dry up on me.
I owe this to avoiding prolonged heat and sun exposure, cleaning with nothing but Ivory bar soap and following manufactures recommendations on line conditioners.
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My fly lines last about two years or two million casts.
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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

Where you been Yat?

I am still using an Orvis SSS line I think it was called that I bought at the Cross Forks Orvis shop in 1984 / 85, somewhere in there. It has a few checks in the taper but by my standards it still works fine.

To paraphrase the immortal Hunter S. Thompson, " I can't recommend it for everyone but it has always worked for me" of course H. S. wasn't talking about fly line age was he?

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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

pvc will last over 100 years in a land fill, mono the same. other wise jackster is right on care. One big thing the manufacturers won't tell you is to seal the end of the line. Thats where the water gets in and rots the line from the inside. ever wonder why your line wont float at the tip after cleaning and dressing the dacron is water logged....
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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

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One big thing the manufacturers won't tell you is to seal the end of the line. Thats where the water gets in and rots the line from the inside. ever wonder why your line wont float at the tip after cleaning and dressing the dacron is water logged....
So how do you seal it?
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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

Last year someone gave me an old line, still new in the package
A Shakespeare DT10.... so you know it was pretty old
When first using it, the line felt very greasy.
That lasted for all of 10-15 minutes.
After that, it quickly dryed out (washed off?) to a point that it wouldn't even cast
Luckily I hadn't made it down the beach very far at that point and I went back to the truck for another line.
Never had anything like that happen before.
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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

my fly lines last about 2-4 major ad campaigns, then i don't trash them, just move them out of the way for the newer line targeting my susceptibility. hence, i never find the logic in DT lines and "you can always just reverse them and use the other half...."

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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

That's too funny, Eric!

My lines last until they get cut, etc. The only exception has been a few
Cortland 444 lines that became sticky after about 3 years. I clean my lines
after each use, so I don't know what the stickiness was about.
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Default Re: How long do fly lines live?

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Last year someone gave me an old line, still new in the package
A Shakespeare DT10.... so you know it was pretty old
When first using it, the line felt very greasy.
That lasted for all of 10-15 minutes.
After that, it quickly dryed out (washed off?) to a point that it wouldn't even cast
Luckily I hadn't made it down the beach very far at that point and I went back to the truck for another line.
Never had anything like that happen before.
While PVC may last forever, that's not all that fly lines are made of. Pure PVC works for stiff water pipes, but not so well for fly lines. Other materials are added in, and in many lines they leach out over time. What likely happened with this line was that when rip tide first touched it, most all of the plasticizers/slickeners had left the inner part of the floating coating on the line and were sitting on the surface of the line. After a while fishing, they dissolved/washed off the line and thus it began sucking.

That's basically the Cliff's Notes from this fine article, as it applies to this matter: Fly Fishing Lines: How They're Made - MidCurrent
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