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    Default Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    I have 2 or 3 fly lines that have one or more bumps in them at particular points along their length. No doubt the manufacturers put them there for a purpose - to tell us how much line to aerialise, or at which point to hang the flies?

    Whatever their purpose, the entire reasoning is lost on me for the simple reason that the only time I realise the bumps are there is when I am cleaning my fly lines after use. When I pull the line through the wet soapy cloth or the Armorall-impregnated cloth, I feel the bump - a thickened section of the line about a foot long - going through my hand. But that is the one and only time I am aware of it/them being there. I never notice it/them when fishing. If I don't know they are there when fishing, then is there any point to them being built in to the lines?

    I have lines with coloured sections that are obviously trying to alert me in the same way, and I can at least see them, even if I don't know what I am supposed to do with them. One of the coloured lines has bumps as well!

    What do others think? Do you have lines with built-in thickened sections and do you feel them when using the line(s)? If you feel them while fishing, do you find them useful to you?

    (And in case anyone is tempted to ask, "Are you sure the bumps are built-in deliberately, rather than being manufacturing faults?", yes, I am sure they are deliberately built-in. See the bit in here about the "raised bump"... Scientific Anglers AirCel Fly Line - Trout Fishing Lines)

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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    Its usually to indicate the optimum length of line that's been retrieved before recasting
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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    I think that an experienced angler like yourself Col, you now know when to cast and stop retrieving your line, it would just annoy me.
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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    I agree can't really see the point in them ,you get to know when its ready to let fly..

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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    I'd suggest that they are probably manufacturing faults rather than deliberately put in as a marker.
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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    ... the only time I realise the bumps are there is when I am cleaning my fly lines after use.....
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    I've loads of line but never noticed this at all.

    I think I might know why I've not noticed....
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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    Could be mill ends I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_B View Post
    Its usually to indicate the optimum length of line that's been retrieved before recasting
    Fair enough, but is there any point in going to the bother of building it in, if your fingers never detect its presence while you are retrieving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtrout View Post
    I think that an experienced angler like yourself Col, you now know when to cast and stop retrieving your line, it would just annoy me.
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    But I don't even know it is there until I give my line a clean at home.

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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    These "indicators", if not noticeable while fishing, do not indicate anything to the angler during a casting or retreiving action. Personally, it makes no sense to me......sure it's not braille Col?
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    Default Re: Bumps in fly lines... any point to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by andygrey View Post
    I'd suggest that they are probably manufacturing faults rather than deliberately put in as a marker.
    Why I put this in at the end of the OP...

    (And in case anyone is tempted to ask, "Are you sure the bumps are built-in deliberately, rather than being manufacturing faults?", yes, I am sure they are deliberately built-in. I remember mention of one of them on the box the line came in - though I forget what the point of it was supposed to be.)

    One of the lines I find a bump in when cleaning it is my Aircel floater, so I looked it up...

    Scientific Anglers AirCel Fly Line - Trout Fishing Lines

    Note this bit in the description...

    "The raised bump in handling section is to indicate the ideal place to begin the cast..."

    So, there you have it!

    My point is that the only time I ever detect this deliberate bump is when I am cleaning the line at home. So, does anyone actually detect it when they are actively fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbamboo View Post
    Could be mill ends I suppose.
    Nope - it's put in there deliberately by the manufacturer. See last post.

    Another manufacturer doing it is Airflo.

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