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    Default Line Expectancy

    How much use can I reasonably expect from a line? I fish rain fed rivers with wf floaters in two, three and four weight, ( probably eighty percent of the time a four ) and with a few exceptions, regardless of the price paid, I get a season out them. John Norris, Cortland, Rio and lately Chinese imports all seem to have about the same useful life before the business end starts to break down. Not talking about the finer points of performance here, other than being practical and fit for the job with reasonable maintenance. Is three hundred hours fishing about right?

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    have you tried storing them in talc/chalk powder and out of the light
    to prolong there life
    how he may read upon the varying skies,from thence to judge the order of his flies,
    how he may place them on his trailing link,know which should float,or which should partly sink

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    Do you do any maintenance / cleaning of your lines mid - season ?

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    Approx. about 3 years was the best I got out of a floater before it started to crack and that was an Aircel Supreme ivory colour . Cracking line that , never had one so supple or smooth since . Most do about 18 months these days ..,mind you I don't pay much more than 10-15 (if that) for them now as the places I fish are pretty rough underfoot and I don't want an expensive line cut on razor like rocks .

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    Default Re: Line Expectancy

    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    have you tried storing them in talc/chalk powder and out of the light
    to prolong there life
    Use is at least once a week, so it’s not really a question of storage in that sense, but yes , I clean and dry them after every use, kept on the reel in a case.
    Last edited by jaybeegee; 19-08-2019 at 09:31 PM. Reason: Typo

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    most Modern fly lines are made with a PVC (polyvinylchloride) plastic coating. Within the balance of the coating are a number of chemicals that essentially act as moisturizers. These chemicals keep the plastic coating supple and strong and prevent it from drying out, or de-plasticizing. The course of time and ultra-violet rays has an aging process that will eventually make the fly lines dry out and crack.

    This process can happen much faster if the fly line comes into contact with a variety of every day chemicals. Sun screen, deet (in insect repellents) and aerosols are notoriously bad for fly lines and will rapidly accelerate the deplasticizing process. Avoid contact with these at all times on your fly line.

    Finally, avoid leaving a fly line on the dash or in the trunk of a car as the heat will again accelerate the de-plasticizing process.
    how he may read upon the varying skies,from thence to judge the order of his flies,
    how he may place them on his trailing link,know which should float,or which should partly sink

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukewarm View Post
    Approx. about 3 years was the best I got out of a floater before it started to crack and that was an Aircel Supreme ivory colour . Cracking line that , never had one so supple or smooth since . Most do about 18 months these days ..,mind you I don't pay much more than 10-15 (if that) for them now as the places I fish are pretty rough underfoot and I don't want an expensive line cut on razor like rocks .
    Exactly my point. In that kind of environment the life expectancy of a line seems to have little to do with cost. Lately I’m using relatively cheap lines which perform well and last as long as most.
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    Is the line banging on rocks while river fishing, if you are fishing shallow rocky waters it can be scuffing on the stones.

    Steve
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    i believe you cant determine the life expectancy of a fly line accurately, as we all use them differently in different conditions but yet how you store them and clean them can add to the deterioration of them,
    there are specific liquids on the market today which claim to clean your line and keep them supple
    thats a new thread in its self which one is best
    but to measure its life must be near impossible unless its measured in controlled enviroment
    and when in everyday use we would probably deviate outside of its specifications/parameters
    so if your happy with a cheap line for under a tenner and have to replace it every year as opposed to an expensive line that will probably deteriorate with age anyhow
    im all for it as long as it performs like it should and your happy with it

    - Always clean the fly line with a suitable conditioner after every fishing trip

    - Always stretch your fly line before you use it

    - Always examine your fly rod rings for cracks

    - Always match your rods AFTMA to the correct line AFTMA

    - Always store your fly lines in loose coils

    - Always store your fly lines away from strong heat & light

    ps some of the more expensive lines are made with polyurethane coating
    how he may read upon the varying skies,from thence to judge the order of his flies,
    how he may place them on his trailing link,know which should float,or which should partly sink

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    You can reasonably expect X2 with a double taper

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