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Intermediate Coldwater Fly Lines

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Hello SOL community.

 

Being new to the fly fishing sport, I was wondering if anyone had some input to what they feel is the best Intermediate coldwater line for NE striper fishing.  I currently have Orvis' 10wt coldwater intermediate sinking line on my fly rod.  I have no idea how it stacks up against the competition.  Stopped by my local fly shop yesterday and peeked inside a couple of fly line boxes to get a look at them.  I noticed the weight forward section of the Airflo CI seemed a bit more supple than my Orvis line.  I know the water has been pretty chilly up to now, but the Orvis line seems a bit stiff up front.  

 

Being new, perhaps this just might be the norm for coldwater lines.  Any opinions would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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I just fished the  Orvis Hydros Int. and a Rio in touch  over the past three days. They performed similarly, both did well punching wind, not tangling much in the basket. I  had reservations about the stiffness of the Orvis, but in the running line moreso than the head.  I'd fish it first, then worry about new lines.  I fished the Orvis in low 50's water in early May-  it did fine.  The head on the Orvis is thinner/stiffer/heavier and does a good job of punching big flies out.  The 9 wt. works well on my 10, as the head is 3/4  overweight.   I may pick up a 10 for even better delivery of the big stuff and wind battles. 

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I had the Hydros coldwater intermediate in an 8wt and it was very stiff and tangled more than most other lines I've used.  I got one in a 10wt cheap over the winter, so I'm going to try it again.  It does get mostly good reviews and I know others that use it without any issues.  

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Stiff line has potential to be very tangle free if stretching makes it straight. Take so much line out of reel your longest shooted casts are and route line behind a tree or something and then pull both ends hard.

 

Esa

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I don't have any experience with that line. However my airflo coldwater intermediate has been fantastic. I've fished some pretty cold-weather with it and have never had it seem "stiff"

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