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MontanafishAugust 17th, 2020, 12:17 pm

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Hello everyone. This is my first post so I'd like to say hello and thank you in advance for any tips.

I'm mostly a spin caster/trolling type fisher woman. I grew up in Ohio fishing on bass/crappie/bluegill ponds. When I was in my teens I picked up fly fishing, but haven't fly fished in 15 years or so.

I went fly fishing this weekend and it was amazing! I forgot how much I loved it but my 15-20 year old fly line has a rough spot in it. I am assuming I can't cut that section off, so I've been looking for a new fly line.

What should I get??? I don't want to spend a mint but want value. And does color matter? There is some seemingly nice line from Bozeman but the colors seem on the outrageous side. That said, I am female and I like my gear to reflect that in my own girl power way. So if color doesn't matter I may go for their pink and purple line. If color matters I won't. I've done and internet search and can't seem to get any real responses. I will likely be fishing clear montana rivers with good flow. However general all around line is best since I'm a mom and don't get to invest a ton into my hobbies.
WbranchAugust 22nd, 2020, 4:56 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Hi Montana fish,

We need to know the "weight" line the rod is designed to cast most effectively. On the butt section, usually a few inches above the cork grip there will be some rod nomenclature. It will list the length of the rod, the line weight, and often the rod weight. The line weight will be defined numerically. Most likely you will want a #5 - #6 weight line. Orvis sells a lesser expense, but still good quality line called the "Clearwater". I think it is less than $50. There are some lesser known line brands where you can get a good line for $30 - $50. To cast with the most distance and least effort you will want a "Weight Forward Floating" line.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Gene_PAAugust 22nd, 2020, 5:41 pm
Lebanon, PA

Posts: 6
I would also suggest that you get a fly line that has a welded loop at the front end, to make it easier to change leaders without a nail knot.
WbranchAugust 23rd, 2020, 8:35 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
I would also suggest that you get a fly line that has a welded loop at the front end, to make it easier to change leaders without a nail knot.

This a good idea. Many fly lines now have the front welded loop. Great addition if you aren't familiar with tying a nail knot. I cut off the welded loops on my #4 - #5 lines and attach my leader with a nail knot and then add a 1.5 mm tippet ring to the end of the leader. Then add 3' - 4' of 4X - 6X tippet. One tapered leader will last an entire season barring a really bad wind knot. On lines #6 and higher I leave the loop on as I'm not looking for finesse with heavier lines.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Red_green_hSeptember 24th, 2020, 5:11 pm
New Mexico

Posts: 90
and then add a 1.5 mm tippet ring to the end of the leader

I started using tippet rings this year. Love 'em. I always cut the loop off and tie nail knots on just so I don't get out of practice.
Ryan Norris
"a day not catching anything is better than a day not fishing at all"

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