How does line coating play into that equation? or does it not matter?RIO, SA and modern Cortland are all making fine lines today. I select by taper design and presentation performance not brand and, in order of ones I fish the most, I have spooled RIO, Cortland and lastly SA.
So, since this is a nine year old poll, how many of you used the same lines in 2012 that you do now?Straight forward choice here, only 2 to choose from.
I was a S&A guy for years, decided to try RIO and stuck with them for a while but I think I'm going to go back to S&A lines. Which one of these two do you prefer?
S&A or RIO?
I have been using the same concept of fly line for trout since the early 1980's; An elongated head or long belly and for the same reason, in air stability and mending acumen. Lee Wulff developed this idea originally to incorporate the handling of DT with the shootability of WF...WFL. Orvis had their SSS (Salmon-Steelhead-Saltwater) in sky blue made by SA and Cortland had 444SL, not as good. Then came XXD/MEDT adding a long 25' rear taper, yay! EDT was my go to line for years, a great and seminal design. I don't recall what year RIO introduced Gold but J. Harder had sent me a prototype for opinion and I've been fishing it ever since and I still have a couple of EDT's in service too. I totally left Cortland lines in the later 80's but under new ownership and renewed design and technology advancements they are back and so am I. So along with Gold and now Tech Trout too, sometimes SA Trout but I feel Tech Trout is similar but better I am also fishing Cortland Long Belly Distance...all long head long rear taper lines. Even in the salt I like long rear tapers on virtually all my lines.So, since this is a nine year old poll, how many of you used the same lines in 2012 that you do now?
What has changed in that time that would make your answers different? (if they are)
For the guys that say XX% of SA and YY% of Rio and maybe Z% of another, how many lines are we talking about? two or fifty?
And when you buy a new line is it because the old one is worn out or just because they sell new lines?
So, in my understanding, you are saying that wear is the key to replacing a given line? I agree that a line has lost it's life before it reaches that cracking stage, which incidentally is why I quit SA in the '90s; I was replacing the SA lines about annually. Their plasticizers migrated way too fast in this warm climate. I've had way better luck with Cortland, but Cortland isn't on the OP's menu.On existing outfits, I do not wait for a line to get dull and cracked. If it begins to feel a tad sluggish to me, usually around 3 or 4 years of use, I replace it, happily.
I'll bite then, when and where did you (or anyone) see a poll that made any sense or one that solved anything?This poll really doesn't make any sense or solve anything.