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Old 05-06-2009, 06:52 AM
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Question Flyline ID help

A couple of years ago picked up an old fly reel at one of those roadside antique stores for about 15 bucks. Anyways, the fly reel is a "Wards Precision Fly Reel No. 6789" and it had some line on it. Anyways, the line looked a bit crusted over and hardened. I pretty much left it as is until a couple of days ago. I started picking at the line to more or less get it off. But. after I got through the initial wrap I found more or less pristine line underneath. My first impression was that it was some old varnished linen fly line. Other than smelling like old sheets, the line was soft and very pliable to the touch. I don't have any pictures to show yet, but does anyone have any initial thoughts about what kind of line it can be and how old it is? I tried looking at varnished linen fly lines online, but didn't find much about it. I'm pretty sure it isn't a silk line, but who knows. Thanks in advance....

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