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    Default Keeping Track of Fly Lines?

    I have accumulated enough fly reels, extra spools, and associated fly lines that I've found it's hard to remember which reel or spool is loaded with which fly line. I pull out a reel, and wonder, "Is that the WF5F, or the DT5F, or the WF5S?" etc.

    What do folks do to keep track of which reel is loaded with which line?

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Central Florida

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    Hi Kai,

    I use stickers that I buy at an office supply store. They come in many sizes, shapes and colors. I use small round ones. Most spools have clearance on the back side of the spool to put the sticker. I write size, weight, floating or sinking and anything else I need to identify what line it is. You can use color tabs for different types of lines. For instance, White for floating, Green for sinking, Blue for sink-tip. With a color system you just need to write the weight down. Just use you imagination and make it simple so you don't forget what your code means.

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    It seems like most of the lines I buy (mostly Orvis) come with small ID stickers that I put on the back of the spool, otherwise I do what Frank said. I also usually add the date that I changed the line to the sticker, that way I know how old the line is, etc.

    "Sure as I know anything, I know this... I aim to misbehave." - Captain Malcolm Reynolds, 'Firefly'

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    Aug 2006
    Metuchen, N.J.

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    I tried the stick on tags but they invaribly come off. Now
    I have one of those cheap neoprene cases for all the reels & spools I use & I magic marker the info on the inside of the case. This also keeps the reels in good shape. Since I fish the salt I have to take the line off the reels & rinse out the salt occasionally so I have to keep everything together to keep track of whats what, but if you only fish fresh water it's no problem with the marked cases.

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    On reels or spools that I "put in storage", I wind the fly line around a large coffee can (or similar) and then place the spool or reel in the can and put a masking tape label on it. The large diameter of the can keeps the line from taking a set from the spool and with the backing still connected to the line, the reel/spool stays safe and clean from dust, etc. It only takes a minute to do and then another minute to put the reel back in commission.

    "If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're doing something wrong." John Gierach

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    I use the stickers also, but the new Orvis line has stretching neoprene band with the line marked on it that is pretty cool. Keeps the line from coming off the spool also.

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    So far, I have not got to that point that I couldn't keep track. I have 4, 5, and 7wt rods , 4 reels with only 2 extra spools. I know which reels go with each rod and I only have one full sink and one sink tip. Everything else is WF floating.

    Give a man a fish, he will have dinner. Teach a man to fish and he will be late for dinner. Quote by Someone. *L*

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    I have a 7, 8, 9# and one spare spool for each. I use shooting heads on my 9# they are color coded and in a wallet marked with permanent marker. as for the 7 and 8 I have floating on one spool and sinking on the other. The spare spools are marked with stickers with the size. Usually the floating line is on the reel.
    Let us all share our wisdom with a younger generation. Tight Loops, Tight Lines and Good Fishing to All

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    The simplest way I know of for marking/identifying flylines is to use a permanent marker to put marks on either end of the line back from the ends a little in the following manner. Use a wide mark to designate "5" and narrow marks for "1", thus a number 8 line would have a wide black mark with three narrow marks close by somewhere a ways from the tip, in case you must cut back the tip to tie on a new leader butt. Putting a similar mark on the back of the line could also help. If you are using shooting heads, the thread color on the loop could be used for marking the size of line. For instance a Scientific Anglers #11 shooting head used a yellow thread, a #10, red. As for the sink rate, the loop color may be used for telling you this as the sinking, fast sinking, and hi-d sinking are similar colors for the lines themselves but the loops are as follows: Slow sink is light green, fast sink, white, and finally, hi-d, a dark loop. The super hi-d and intermediate lines are altogether differently colored (grey and light green) than the regular sinking lines(darker green) and thus easy to know what they are. Other manufacturers may use a different system, but I use my own, as I make my own and have systems for many line size rods. I also have a hybrid system that takes the shooting head system up a notch or two.

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    Join Date
    May 2013
    Knoxville, TN/Reidsville, NC

    Default Re: Keeping Track of Fly Lines?

    I use a $15 label maker I got off of Amazon. It's nothing fancy, but you can adjust the font size so as to get as much info on a s small a label as will fit on the side of the spool.
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