CaryGreene

Fly Line Manufacurer Review

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Impressive review and very informative.

Thanks for doing it.

 

SA sells the Mastery Standard which is a long headed true to weight floating line that I find useful.

 

My understanding is that the. Cortland weights refer to the first 30’ (or so I’m told) rather than the 40’ head total weight???  I don’t own one to check, however.

 

A down side to the Airflo sniper is that it’s head is very thick for an intermediate.  

 

 

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I'm glad you enjoy testing new line because at a hundred dollars a line I will not be testing, I'll be fishing. Thank you so much for your information on lines NE fly rodders will use.

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Cary, the Cortland Blitz also has a 13 foot step/handling section. Does that contribute to the total head weight? Seems like that should push the head weight for the 9wt, for example, from 305gn to 355 (if I use the Striped Bass Sink 8 as reference)

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Excellent writeup.

 

But always have to ask this question. Are you strictly an individual posting his thoughts or are you on a companies pro staff?

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19 hours ago, CaryGreene said:

There is a neat picture of a wave crashing into a surf-fisherman’s face on the box

LOL..

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4 mins ago, Surfinator said:

LOL..

I took one of those last year. Haven't fallen over in from a wave in years. 

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38 mins ago, ifsteve said:

Excellent writeup.

 

But always have to ask this question. Are you strictly an individual posting his thoughts or are you on a companies pro staff?

Just an individual posting his thoughts. 

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3 hours ago, iklu said:

Cary, the Cortland Blitz also has a 13 foot step/handling section. Does that contribute to the total head weight? Seems like that should push the head weight for the 9wt, for example, from 305gn to 355 (if I use the Striped Bass Sink 8 as reference)

No, the handling sections of fly lines are usually swelled line, weight free. In this case, there is no added weight in the handling line. 

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5 hours ago, saltyh2ofly said:

I'm glad you enjoy testing new line because at a hundred dollars a line I will not be testing, I'll be fishing. Thank you so much for your information on lines NE fly rodders will use.

Absolutely Salty. I'll be coming out with a Royal Wulff writeup next - Northeast perspective to start with. 

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Very nice write up, fly lines can be a bit confusing to a beginner me. I fish CT waters pretty calm and temp range is right in the 40-70 range season depending of course. Looking forward to other line(s) that you going to write about. Thanks

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One of the best tools to have is a small scale that measures in grains. I measure the head of every line I buy. Two heads that I've bought since I got my scale 4 or 5 years ago were completely mislabeled, and one of those heads was from one of the major fly line companies. Of the two one was 70 grains less than it should have been, the other about 150 grains too much.  And those were heads/lines that grain weights were published.  For non-published grain weights, figure out what you like for the rods you have by weighing the lines that cast well with those rods. When you buy a new line by the AFTMA weight or whatever, weigh it before using it, and if it isn't what you were hoping for, simply return it for another. 

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14 hours ago, numbskull said:

Impressive review and very informative.

Thanks for doing it.

 

SA sells the Mastery Standard which is a long headed true to weight floating line that I find useful.

 

My understanding is that the. Cortland weights refer to the first 30’ (or so I’m told) rather than the 40’ head total weight???  I don’t own one to check, however.

 

A down side to the Airflo sniper is that it’s head is very thick for an intermediate.  

 

 

Thank you numbskull! Regarding the Mastery "Standard" I'm assuming you mean the "All Rounder" - which is a Medium to Warm Temperature line with a 37.5' to 40' head depending? Not really a long-headed line though, or true at all to standard, right?

 

Here are the specs on that line:

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As for the whether or not Cortland posts full head weights on their website, I will double check with them this week and get back to you on that. I believe they now do, however I also believe that any object that has a source of sustained propulsion "flies." Birds, Planes..and Fly Lines in fact.

 

Objects that do not have a source of sustained propulsion don't fly, though they are still governed by Newton's laws. Objects like rocks, bullets, baseballs..etc -- don't sustain their flight. 

 

What is the head thickness of the Airflo Sniper line? Is it thicker in proportion to other quick-cast type lines? It seems very much in line with Sci A, Rio, Wulff and Cortland. Do you have a measurement on it?

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