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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Anonymous said:

WHICH LINES COMES IN BROWN?  WHICH WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?


I know of only one line that comes in a brown colour but, having obtained one, even that could be a better shade and finish, also the taper is not designed for dry fly fishing but is simply a conventional floating line that does most things adequately but is not ideal for the extremes that serious dry fly fishing can demand from the angler. That line is available from a vendor on the fly forum.

The best coloured lines I have used so far are the ones I had made, some time ago now, by Cortland but they were made up for me using one of their standard tapers and coatings simply coloured dark brown for me.

I'm getting some lines made, designed from scratch to be perfect for dry fly fishing. The taper is such that it is capable of making the rod work and the cast turn over under control when fishing at very close quarters and with only a foot or so of fly line out of the tip ring. Yet, when a long cast is needed to the opposite bank and the fly has to be put into a tiny hole in the overhanging vegetation, the line will allow this.  Its special low friction coating will let you shoot the line that little bit further, which can be essential if you have very limited space for your back cast, but you still need that bit of extra distance.

The colour is a matte, dark muddy brown and is exactly what I believe is the very best for avoiding all the problems of light coloured or shiny lines.  The core is braided so you will be able to use the needle knot for attaching your leader.

The lines are being made with absolutely no compromises at all and no shortcuts in quality (there is no point in "spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar") so in a few weeks I will bring these lines onto the market.  Their price will reflect their quality, but I'm sure anyone using them will be nothing less than delighted with them.  I know I am already delighted with the prototype.

So to answer Anonymous:  If you can wait a few weeks I will be able to recommend to you something then, much better than I can recommend right now.

Regular Rod


9 comments:

  1. WOW! Great news and interesting about the taper. What weights will they be in?

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  2. Weights are going to be WF3F, WF4F, WF5F, WF6F and WF7F but others can be made available if folks would like them.

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  3. Matte = lacking or deprived of lustre or gloss, having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights

    The line actually looks as though it is made of smooth dried mud... ;)

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  4. Found out about you after chatting with Jon & Alistair at Bubnell Fly Fishers Derwent stretch on Sunday. I was nymphing for Grayling and they commented on my dayglo yellow line. Although I caught a dozen 'ladies' I may have caught more with the type no-spook line you're talking about. I would definitely be interested in a WF3F.

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  5. Hi there
    I would certainly be interested in a both a #4 and a #5 weight if they could be of a DT profile? Might that be possible?
    regards

    Peter

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  6. Hello Peter

    The lines will all be weight forward to a taper of a special design to cope with the extra demands that are placed on the anglers' casting when dry fly fishing. The idea being that you will be able to make accurate casts at close quarters, with only a foot or so of line out of the tip ring, yet still be able to cast longer distances whenever you need to without a lot of fuss.

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  7. Thanks RR
    Will you post details of price and how I can order them from you if I keep an eye on your blog? As you might have guessed Im new to this blogging lark
    regards
    Peter

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  8. If you do keep an eye on the blog you should find out alright but, if you (or anyone else) would like to send me your contact details at dryflyexpertblog@gmail.com, when the lines are available I will send you the details directly as well.

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