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  1. #11
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    Default Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    I like the idea of silk, as recommended by some of you guys.

    The line I had originally was a Rio top of their line double taper 4wt. and yes of course it cast however I wanted it to.

    What I have discovered in NZ is that due to the extreme UV after less than 2 years light use the plastic line coating becomes dull limp and powdery.

    So does silk have a better resistance to UV and sunlight?

    To be honest the cost does not really factor - so I am up for an expensive line if they are worth it.

    Never used one, so some tips on use and care would be great.

    Cheers and beers,
    Luke

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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Hey Luke;

    Think I wrote a review on the Antonio Perez silk lines on this forum. Care is minimal, strip the wet part of the line off the reel at the end of the day and let it dry then spend five minutes running some grease over it using a piece of chamy and you can even limit the greasing to every three or four sessions of fishing. To my mind the advantages are the suppleness of the line, it lands like thistledown, cuts through wind better than most synthetics, and due to its construction helps to take some of the shock of a hard take.

    Terry
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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Thanks Terry, will check them out.

    Cheers and beers,
    Luke.


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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Hi

    On my side I hesitated between Antonio Perez and An Olive Fly line . After contacting both of them and discussing their fabrication method, I went for an Olive fly line:soie naturelle - oliveflylines

    Obviously this is pure artisanal work, so probably not a brand many will have heard about. The quality is absolutely superb!!! Its at least as good as my Phoenix, and to me Phoenix is the gold standard... the TT profile on the Olive fly line is really sweet for dry fly...

    That said if I were on your side of the planet I would probably go after a Yano as it s made in Japan and has a top reputation worldwide...

    Oh and to answer your question : if you give your silk line a minimum of care (dry it through after use, and grease it only when dry) it will last you a lifetime and it gets better (even more supple and more slick) over time... if you are a hardcore fisherman like I sometimes am and can fish 36h in 48h, you might want to consider having 2 lines so you can switch when one is wet...

    Enjoy!!!!
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    Default Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Thanks Pati,

    I will be sure to check them all out - Im definitely keen to give silk a go!

    ...I can feel the urge creeping up for a Hardy 2 7/8 wide spool Perfect reel to put it on...

    I use every other size of Perfect up to and including The Taupo model, so a little 2 7/8 Perfect would complete my trout reel set...

    Any other excuses I can use on myself....?

    Cheers,
    Luke.
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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Snowbee Thistledown well worth a go.Some natives I know down there in Aotearoa like the Airflo Bandit.Silk ? not sure suited to NZ combat.

    Best JP
    Last edited by JCP; 21-02-2019 at 01:18 PM.

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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Quote Originally Posted by JCP View Post
    Snowbee Thistledown well worth a go.Some natives I know down there in Aotearoa like the Airflo Bandit.Silk ? not sure suited to NZ combat.

    Best JP
    Silk line would be just for the fun of trying something different - and to complete the nostalgia of a light 4wt. retro fibreglass rod with a little classic reel to boot.

    It would be fun, perhaps until the inevitable hook up with a hot wild NZ rainbow....

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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Where do alibaba get the 122 price from there 15 on ebay?

    Al

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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Where do alibaba get the 122 price from there 15 on ebay?

    Al
    Probably out of stock but holding the page. It happens that you see a silly price for something
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    Default Re: Dry Fly - high performance fly lines?

    Personally I really rate the Cortland Sylk for smallish stream fishing with easy action rods like your Sirrus, where I would usually prefer to use a double taper. The Snowbee Thistledown is also nice if you want a forward taper, but if your rod is a 4/5 you may need to ariellise most of the head to get it to work the rod properly. Another line worth considering might be the Snowbee Delicate Presentation though I have it in a 6wt for dry fly on the lakes and haven't any experience of it in smaller sizes or for river use.
    Ryburn

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