The perfect line for fly-fishing must, in addition to the requirements of strength and imperviousness to water, be smooth and hard so that it may run freely through the guides, and, while quite flexible, must be sufficiently stiff so that it will not kink or wind about the rod. The only line which fully answers these requirements is the "waterproof, enameled silk line." The waterproof, enameled silk line is perfectly adapted to the purpose of fly-casting, and the wise angler will save himself much trouble and loss of temper and trout, to say nothing of expense, by attempting to use no other. A line sometimes recommended as a substitute for the enameled line is known as the “oiled silk" line. This sort of line bears no comparison to the enameled line. It does not work well on the rod, and in casting and lasting qualities is far inferior to the enameled line.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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