Enameled Fly Line
The best enameled lines of the present time are solid braided — that is, not braided over a core — from the very finest silk, and are waterproofed in a vacuum, under the exhausted receiver of an air-pump, thus insuring thorough permeation of the waterproofing medium. This process, sometimes called the Halford vacuum process, from the fact that it is the result of experiments by Mr. F. M. Halford, before mentioned as the author of Dry-Fly Fishing, is a very complicated one, comprising repeated dressings of the line with oil in the vacuum followed after each dressing by "curing" the line at a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The line is finally highly hand polished. The result is not merely superficial enamel which is liable to knuckle and crack, thus permitting water to rot the line, but the line is in fact, and not in theory or for purposes of sale, waterproof. The whole business of waterproofing lines is surrounded by the tackle makers with a most mysterious and impenetrable secretiveness; consequently it is rather hard for the layman to speak with authority on the subject. The method is substantially as described.
Enameled fly-lines are made in two styles known as level and taper. The level line is the same size throughout its length. The taper line is tapered toward the end for a certain distance, the length of the taper varying with the make. Tapered lines are either single or double tapered. The single taper line grows finer toward one end only. The double tapered line is fined down at both ends. The taper line will be more particularly discussed in a later paragraph.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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