Any custom line guys or gals here?

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#1
No I'm not looking to have one built. Just curious how many of you seriously build custom lines by weighing the line and cutting them to size, varying up heads, etc.

Looking for people who do this often. People who will build for friends, etc
 
#2
I suppose I fall into this category. I have been modifying, splicing, and creating lines from scratch for about 20 years now. Never for profit always for the fun of it. Mostly for myself but also for friends. It never really gets old there is always something new to learn.
 
#5
I do as well, though confess some embarrassment that 12 ish years ago I sent Brian St a custom line that I had taken apart and didn’t fully reassemble :oops: Sorry Brian.
 
#6
I took up spey fishing about twenty years ago. In those days, we had only a few styles of spey lines, including double tapers, so a lot of chopping and splicing was going on. That included making multi-density sink tips. After about five - seven years, roughly estimated, I found that the available lines were better and more varied, so I seldom have to make any radical alterations nowadays. I'd still feel naked without my electronic scale and snap gauge.

In that time, spey rods have gotten a little better, and certainly more varied. But lines have improved at an exponential rate!
 

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
#7
I took up spey fishing about twenty years ago. In those days, we had only a few styles of spey lines, including double tapers, so a lot of chopping and splicing was going on. That included making multi-density sink tips. After about five - seven years, roughly estimated, I found that the available lines were better and more varied, so I seldom have to make any radical alterations nowadays.

In that time, spey rods have gotten a little better, and certainly more varied. But lines have improved at an exponential rate!
I'm glad I got to learn at the beginning of the new revolution of the 2 handers in PNW. I started with a 9140 ST Criox Imperial with a Windcutter multi tip, 1 in 50 cast was good. Then things got a whole lot better, glad I didn't have to go through what you old timers... cough... cough... hhhhuuummm, I mean the first generation spay casters :D
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#8
With some of the lines these days the cores are not as easily penetrated with a needle. But I seem to get by with off the shelf stuff for most of what I do... although I am still hoarding some old lines just for their splice-ability!
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#9
I learned from the best, the Sultan of Splice. Most of the lines I still use I spliced myself. Although with the variety of lines available today making your own is not necessary. I still have my line building kit with a variety of level line in several weights. I think it was Aaron who got one of the line makers to do runs of level line. I purchased as much as I could at the time and have rolls of the stuff. I also still have a bunch of unopened boxes of Cortland Double Taper Spey lines in several weights. I’ve been hoarding the stuff for years.
 
#10
With some of the lines these days the cores are not as easily penetrated with a needle. But I seem to get by with off the shelf stuff for most of what I do... although I am still hoarding some old lines just for their splice-ability!
Thats why I bought all of Kauffman’s bulk 12 wt and 10 wt bulk line, still got a couple hundred feet :) :) :)
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#12
The zero stretch line quest pretty much ruined splicing as I knew it because the cores went to braid. Caused me a problem last fall when I needed to do a fix one night in camp. I will be prepared this year!
 
#13
all us older guys know things about lines that people just don't get now a days lol. ..... short and fat is easy...making a line with a great taper is not but when you make it work ....WOW.....
 
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bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#14
use to make all my lines before there was a whole lot of choices out there, with river fish as it is now I don't mess around with it like we did in the earlier years. but I'm still fishing lines that were developed by the gang at Skagit Anglers in Mt. Vernon .
 

Ryan Janos

Active Member
#15
I just took up the challenge of trying to built my own shooting heads. I don't really know what I'm doing but with import DT lines at $6-$10 on eBay and designer heads >$50 I can screw around a little without feeling like I'm wasting money. I'm using the following as a basic guide:

http://globalflyfisher.com/fish-better/shooting-heads

Taking a bunch of rods w/o reels and a bunch of uncut lines to the park this past weekend was an interesting experience. I managed to build a 27' head for my 6 wt that serves as a reversible single-spey/shooting head for $3.75 (half of a $7.50 DT9F line). Far from perfect but it loads easy and was a fun project. If any of you have any online resources (ie. templates) please post them.
 

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