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bartdezwaan
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Fly lines cracking

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Post by bartdezwaan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:38 am

I always found that my fly lines crack pretty quickly.
Since I changed to the 170 style it is just insane. All my fly lines have cracks in it after casting under 10 hours with them.
Recently I put on a new MED and after casting it only two times, I can already see it cracking.

I am experiencing this with all fly lines of different brands.

Are you guys also experiencing this?

Cheers, Bart

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Lee Cummings
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Post by Lee Cummings » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:49 am

Are casting over water?

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Post by bartdezwaan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:05 am

No, over grass.

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Post by Graeme H » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:22 am

Are you dressing and lubricating your lines? I think the stress put on the line with the wire guides and friction is a large factor in the limited life of lines.

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Graeme

(Mine rarely crack and I think that's because I use guides with SiC inserts throughout. I have no proof of that though, since I only have one rod with traditional wire guides to compare with.)
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Post by bartdezwaan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:44 am

Hi Graeme,

Yes, I always put lubricate on my lines.
I am using the HT#10 and think, if anything, the tortzite guides are easier on the fly line then snake guides.
Unbelievable yours hardly crack. You also practice distance casting with them?

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Post by crunch » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:04 am

If it is the rear taper section which runs in guides when hauling you can replace it using ”tournament shock leader”. They are nylon which tapers are very long up to almost 30ft and come on spool which has five and cost usually ten euros or less. Shops which sell shore fishing gear have them. They wear out as well but last few good sessions. Few years ago I was able to practice casting almost 70 ft Barrio GT125 shooting head.

Esa

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Post by Paul Arden » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:14 am

Since I’ve been using Shoot on the lines very regularly, not just before or after but during sessions, I get longer out of lines. Normally I’ll get 3 weeks out of a distance line, but if it’s muddy then I’ve had them die on a long weekend. With Torzites, shoot and casting over water a fly line will last me 3-6 months of fishing waters with algae. NZ I would get a full season out of a line with other rings (but then it would be buggered). Algae and no shoot used to give me 4-6 weeks with a floating line and 3 weeks with a HiD off gritty banks. Casting Sport is harder on lines.

Mind you I consider a line to be cracked after bits of plastic have come away and will use it until this happens. The actual cracking will have occurred earlier. I’ve just checked my Tropical MED5. No cracks yet.

10hrs is on the low side. I would expect something like 40-50 hrs. Maybe you should go back to your old style?

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Post by bartdezwaan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:20 am

crunch wrote:If it is the rear taper section which runs in guides when hauling you can replace it using ”tournament shock leader”. They are nylon which tapers are very long up to almost 30ft and come on spool which has five and cost usually ten euros or less. Shops which sell shore fishing gear have them. They wear out as well but last few good sessions. Few years ago I was able to practice casting almost 70 ft Barrio GT125 shooting head.

Esa
Thanks for the tip Esa. I will check it out.

Cheers, Bart

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Post by bartdezwaan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:22 am

Paul Arden wrote:Mind you I consider a line to be cracked after bits of plastic have come away
I consider it cracked, if I see cracks :p . Will keep on using it however, else it will become very expensive.
Paul Arden wrote:Maybe you should go back to your old style?
You wish!

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