Enameled Fly Line Sizes
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Enameled Fly Line Sizes

Enameled Fly Line Sizes


Enameled Fly Line Sizes

Enameled Fly Line Sizes

For average trout fly-fishing an enameled line size E or F, level, is most used. It should be borne in mind that a fly-line should be selected rather with its casting qualities in view than with reference to its capacity for holding fish. A very fine line, in expert hands, will hold a very large trout; but a line that is too fine does not cast well. The line must have a certain weight in order to carry well through the air. The careless or uninformed angler frequently makes the mistake of using a light line on a heavy rod, or, possibly, a heavy line on a light rod; and in either case the result is absolute inability to cast with any sort of efficiency. Even by expert casters good casting cannot be done with a rod and line mutually unfit; and that the beginner can do better is doubtful. With carefully and well-selected tackle the beginner is sure to have his troubles; but with hastily and poorly selected tackle the agony is soon over the tentative fly-fisherman simply quits the game.

For a ten-foot rod having plenty of backbone select size E. Size F is best for rods under ten feet and rather light.

It may seem to you that these lines are rather coarse for small stream fishing where the water is very clear, but the six-foot gut leader supplies the necessary terminal fineness.

A good quality size E enameled line tests 28 pounds; size F 22 pounds. Manufacturers have a tendency to make fly-lines in fancy colors. Select a line of subdued color, one that will be inconspicuous in the water. Some dealers list their lines by number instead of by letter. The following shows the corresponding sizes beginning with the smallest: No. 6=H, No. 5=G, No. 4=F, No. 3=E, No. 2=D, No. 1=C.

These lines come usually in coils of 25 yards. For ordinary occasions one coil is all that the angler need purchase; but if the fishing is to be rather heavy, as in some of the Maine streams and lakes, or for sea trout or landlocked salmon, forty yards will be necessary. A line twenty-five yards in length allows the angler, as above noted, to use a core of cheaper line when a 100- or 80-yard reel is used.

Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.

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