Tapered Fly Line
The taper line has its advantages and also its disadvantages. Chief among its claims to precedence proved that this is not so — but it is. Taper lines are used as a matter of course by all long over the level line is the one that with it longer casts are possible. It has frequently, in theory, been conclusively distance tournament fly-casters at the present time. But long distance casting is seldom of use to the stream fly-fisherman.
Casts of any necessary fishing distance can be made with the level line. Herein is the advantage of the taper line: it is in the combination of terminal fineness together with the necessary casting weight which is supplied by the "swell" of the line. This combination of fineness with weight is of great advantage for lake fly-fishing, for fishing large, quiet pools in streams, and wide stretches of "still waters." In such places great delicacy and considerable distance are very requisite and the taper line makes this delicacy and distance possible; with it far and fine casts are in the power of the expert caster. In effect you cast a G line to the distance ordinarily only attained by a line of size E. For instance, take a tapered line E tapered to size G. That part of the line which is of size E supplies weight and consequently good carrying power and distance; and that part of the line which is approximately size G supplies lightness and delicacy at the end of the cast. Obviously the taper line has its advantages.
But the medal has its reverse. Good taper lines are pretty costly. Also much use of the line generally results in a gradual shortening of the taper due to accidental breakage or unavoidable and natural deterioration, and, eventually, the angler can supply from his tackle box a concrete answer to the question, When is a taper line not a taper line? Obviously the graduated line has its disadvantages. These lines are usually furnished in double-taper. The taper is generally about 18 feet in length. The lines come in lengths of 30 and 40 yards. Sizes E and F, to fit the rod, are right.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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