|Braided Silk Line on old Hardy Reel|
When you freshwater fly fish Idaho or any lower 48 rivers you will generally be using fairly light tackle. Many manufacturers and retailers sell all sorts of lines. Courtland, Scientific Angler, Orvis, Rio, Cabelas, Airflo, Sage and more all offer many varieties of line and backing. Historically fly lines have evloved from braided horse hair to braided silk (shown above) to the coated lines of today. Needless to say the coating, composition, size and even the shape can make a huge difference. But personally, I like the functional and inexpensive. I cannot tell a huge difference between the lesser and more expensive lines. Below is a comparison of lines ing the 7-weight category. The cross sections are proportionally similar (up or down) for lighter and heavier line weights.
CROSS SECTION OF 7-WEIGHT LINES
Standard floating line
Super low density line
Saltwater floating line
Chart from Modern Fly Lines by Bruce Richards
As a general rule, line weight is based on rod weight, but can be adjusted up or down by a factor of one (1). In other words, a 5-weight rod can accommodate a 4, 5, or 6 weight line. A 6-weight rod accommodates a 5, 6 or 7 weight line and so on; this rule does NOT apply for sinking line. Realize, you may have to adjust casting techniques for line weights and rod stiffness, but it is really not that hard to do. It is purely a matter of “feel”. So I suggest you consider buying different reel spools and fill with different weight lines rather than different rods for different conditions. It’s a lot cheaper to do it this way.
|Payne Fly Line in original Box|
Have a wonderful time fly fishing Idaho and come back soon.
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