Line marking?.

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I'm certain this has been asked before but I can't find the thread.
I carry numerous lines with me when fishing and often change up or down one size or line profile depending on the situation I encounter I even change ove r to different coloured lines if need be.
I marked all the reel spools with line details with indelible white marker front and back, unfortunately some have rubbed off and I cannot identify some of the lines.
There are double tapers, weight forwards, shooting tapers and some specialist tapers.
Does anyone have suggestions for marking the lines themselves?, some easy code perhaps?.
 

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I don't do it myself, but I know some people who mark lines, just below the tip, with a Sharpie. Short dashes equal one line weight and a long dash equals 5 line weights. And the ID marks are done with sort of a Roman numeral system. So a 4 wt would be a short dash followed by a long dash, and a 6 wt would be the reverse. No sure what to do about indicating whether a WF vs DT vs specialty. Maybe use different colors of ink or create some sort of ID marking that you can remember? Not that it makes sense to replace lines, but I do like how the recent lines by SA and Rio (and perhaps others, juts not sure) have the line info printed on the line itself.
 

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but I do like how the recent lines by SA and Rio (and perhaps others, juts not sure) have the line info printed on the line itself.
I like that as well. Not having anything to ID lines has been a PITA for me in the past. I have no idea why it hasn't been an industry standard to put name and type on each line for decades. Long overdue.
But to address issue in the OP. I have put a piece of aluminum duct tape on the inside of the spool and marked it.
 
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That ^^ system is supposedly Lefty Kreh's method and where the thin rings are in relation to the thick rings tells WF or DT-


Thin rings are 1/4'' and the thick ring 1'' with the thick ring nearest the nail knot indicating WF or the thin ring nearest the knot being DT; how ever this doesn't work with lines smaller than 5wt., it only allows the weight not the WF or DT arrangement. Skipping up or down a foot from the weight marks and making a 2'' long mark could be used to farther identify WF or DT- keeping the 2'' mark nearest the knot for WF.

Similar thread from the past- https://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/index.php?threads/keeping-track-of-fly-lines.1904/

Oh, and it's a good idea to place the same marking on the backing end so that if line use causes loss of marking by fading or line cut back you can still identify it.

I've always found it better for me just to mark the spools with masking tape and coat over the writing with head lacquer. Some reels have several extra spools.
 
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That ^^ system is supposedly Lefty Kreh's method and where the thin rings are in relation to the thick rings tells WF or DT-


Thin rings are 1/4'' and the thick ring 1'' with the thick ring nearest the nail knot indicating WF or the thin ring nearest the knot being DT; how ever this doesn't work with lines smaller than 5wt., it only allows the weight not the WF or DT arrangement. Skipping up or down a foot from the weight marks and making a 2'' long mark could be used to farther identify WF or DT- keeping the 2'' mark nearest the knot for WF.

Similar thread from the past- https://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/index.php?threads/keeping-track-of-fly-lines.1904/

Oh, and it's a good idea to place the same marking on the backing end so that if line use causes loss of marking by fading or line cut back you can still identify it.

I've always found it better for me just to mark the spools with masking tape and coat over the writing with head lacquer. Some reels have several extra spools.
This is basically the system I use. Easy, peasy.

steve
 

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Steve, do you mark in any way to keep track of manufacturer or density?
Trev,
No, way too complicated for me; I'm not that smart. I guess you could expand this system to include a simple code you devise for the mfg. and then write the density on the line. Post a pic if you try this. I'm sure several people on here would be interested in what you come up with. I know I would.

Thanks,
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Thanks chaps. I whip a small loop into the ends of my lines and seal it with aquasure before joining the leader loop to loop, then covering with a soft plastic knot cover. I occurred to me that if I use a different colour whipping for line profile and then mark the line with the sharpie for line size i will cover all the options. This I have now done for most of the lines now I need to measure and weigh those who's markings were lost.
BTW, red is WF, green is DT and black is ST, still trying to think of a code for density but I think a second whipping of an appropriate colour is all that is needed for sinkers and intermediates. At least there's no need to mark the silk line, I only possess one in 4wt.
 

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Thanks chaps. I whip a small loop into the ends of my lines and seal it with aquasure before joining the leader loop to loop, then covering with a soft plastic knot cover. I occurred to me that if I use a different colour whipping for line profile and then mark the line with the sharpie for line size i will cover all the options. This I have now done for most of the lines now I need to measure and weigh those who's markings were lost.
BTW, red is WF, green is DT and black is ST, still trying to think of a code for density but I think a second whipping of an appropriate colour is all that is needed for sinkers and intermediates. At least there's no need to mark the silk line, I only possess one in 4wt.
I like the instant visual of the different color wrappings. It removes the burden of thinking, which is always good in my case. Good-on-ya!

steve
 

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I've always found it better for me just to mark the spools with masking tape and coat over the writing with head lacquer. Some reels have several extra spools.
See, that's why I just label the spool. Too many codes for me to keep track of. I tried Lefty's marks way back when but that left me wondering what brand and if the sinker was slow or fast, what year I bought it etc. Piece of masking tape, ball pen, clear lacquer lasts for years. Of course brand doesn't really matter and the year is not really important but...
 
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