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Now that I've narrowed down my rod/reel choice, I need to decide on what fly line to use. I'll be purchasing a Winston BIIx 4wt 8.5' rod and a Lamson Litespeed 1.5 reel. What fly line would you recommend? Let me know what your using and please include the taper and color. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has found that bright colored fly lines spook fish. Seems like it could be a problem, but maybe it's right up there with rod flash....

 

Thanks,

 

-Jim

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On my 4wt i have orvis wonderline right now (4DT-F grey) and it is a good line but i honestly havent noticed any difference in the wonderline to justify spending the extra cash on it again.

 

So i will probaly continue to stick with ethier Rio or SA lines since i have had good luck with them and they are a bit cheaper cost wise than the wonderline.

 

SD

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The SA Mastry trout lines are very good. I use all WF lines, never did like the DT lines. If your fishing is going to require a lot of roll casting, Wulff Triangle taper.

 

As to subdued colors, most guides swear by them, but if you never line the fish, it doesn't make any difference what color it is.

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I use Cortland 444 on my 5wt. its a double taper in that nasty peach color (its all they had and i was in a hurry) i like the way double taper lays down but i find it crankier in the wind than a weight forward line.

-T

 

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I usually use Corland 444 peach color or Airflo 7000 olive color, but I recently picked up some of the new Corland 444 Sylk which is a thinner diameter line made to (somewhat) emulate the performance of classic silk line.

 

The sylk is the best line I've ever used for fishing drys and small, unweighted nymphs. It's extremely supple, has very little memory and turns over nice and delicately. The color is mustard yellow with tiny black flecks. The only problem is it sucks for tossing large flies - it just doesn't seem to turn over with heavier flies. So, for a specialty line, it's sweet, but I think the classic 444 and the Airflo are better for all-around use.

 

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Airflo Polyfuse 7000 and SA Mastery Nymph line are my favs for light wt rods. Also, Rio Salmon / Steelhead WF line with the cold temp coating is great when fishing during the Winter.

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I use Cortland 444 lazer line on my Sage 4 and 6 wt rods. if taken care of they will give great service for quite long time. I fished one for 5 seasons, and I spend lots of time on the water. I am a little old fashioned and still fish a double taper line. I very rarely need to cast long distance(45ft plus) and besides it is like getting 2 lines for the price of one . I like the presentation better than a weight forward line as well.

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I stick with Wulf Triangle Taper lines

 

That's my next line to try. I've never had the chance to cast one, but I'm looking forward to it.

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I've used the SA XPS and Cortland 444 series extensively, and prefer the Cortland due to suppleness and casting properties. That being said, my light rods are lined with SA, just because I got good deals on them.

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S.A.! I'm not big on maintenance and these babies need very little. Besides, they come in all shapes and sizes and invented most tapers. With the backing of 3M they have all the technology in the world to make the best cores and coatings plus the machinery to make the best tapers. They are so good that most other lines are private labeled after being made by 3M/S.A.

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Cortland for me, 555 being my newest addition. I picked up a 4-weight for my new rod/reel combo (rod in-progress) and just gave it a cast on my old cheapo-6-weight. Shoots like a rocket, very manageable and being used on the heavier rod gave me about 15-20 feet of extra distance free. Very, very nice, and I can't wait to try it out on the rod it is meant for. Looks like next summer is going to be a bad one for the local trout! smile.gif

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