Testing Fly Line
The line should also be tested from time to time, as to its strength, during the fishing season. Experiments made by Mr. Wells and others show that a trout pulls, approximately, its own weight. The locality where you fish and the size of the trout you are liable to take will determine measurably how far an old line may be trusted. As a matter of fact, before a line has become so old as to be the object of suspicion the enamel will have worn down and the line become so limp and flexible as not to work well on the rod — when you will discard it on general principles. This is in the case of a line originally of good quality and subsequently well cared for. As above stated, a line, according to size, will test from 22 to 28 pounds when new. It should not be trusted when it fails to pull half its original test. Sudden strains and hard pulls on the line frequently happen from various causes when fishing, and a break in the line generally means, if nothing else, the loss of leader and flies.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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