Spey lines for salmon and steelhead.
Spey casting fly lines
There are a large number of different fly line profiles suitable for salmon fly fishing available nowadays, certainly numerically sufficient to confuse the inexperienced beginner if not the "expert". In this piece and associated pages I aim to briefly describe the qualities possessed and the pros and cons of these different types from the point of view of a practical salmon fly fisherman.
The information given is intended to assist fly fishers choice of the most suitable line for your Spey casting and salmon fishing, ultimately the angler has to make that pick and often the initial favourable impression of a new line is gained simply because it is clean and slick. Keeping lines in good condition is a prerequisite to good casting. So first a few tips on looking after fly lines, or at least what I do to try to preserve them. This will save you money!
Cleaning fly lines
During fishing, dirt and algae adhere to your fly line. At least a couple of times a year (more if conditions demand it) cleaning is important both for performance and longevity of the line.
1. Strip the fly line from your reel.
2. Wash the line in the sink with mild soap (not detergent) & water.
3. Towel dry, and treat with fly line dressing.
Line dressings can be purchased at most tackle shops or PVC polish such as Armoral (available from Halfords etc.) is good for making lines slick. Most lines come with instructions on how to look after them, read them and follow the manufacturers advice. Some manufacturers e.g.. Snobee provide line dressing with their fly lines.
Do not allow insect repellent to come into contact with fly lines. Deet (component of fly dope) will react with PVC plastic and your fly line may dissolve. Make sure you wash you hands after applying fly dope.
Direct sunlight and high ambient temperatures are not good for fly lines but cannot always be avoided. Specially formulated lines are made for tropical regions, they have harder compound that can withstand the softening effect of the heat.
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