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That will work well after we arrive at our favorite pay-to-play public water in our self-driving car, place an assembled rod in our robot buddy's fishing adaptor, articulating arm, & watch it fish for us (after programming-in desired casting distance, presentation type, mend rate, and cloned species desired into the unit of course.). Man that will be fun . . .
 

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$130 for a fly line, ouch!

Arguably the most important part of our setup. You can make almost any rod work with the right line. But, how much markup is reasonable? I guess time and market will tell.

I do know they are coming out with some really incredible changes in chemical coatings. I work in the electrical trade. The manufacturers have come out with a new cover for their larger conductors that require no lube. This stuff is appropriatly called "super slick". It really is. Pulls that would have required a bunch of lube and a electric winch (tugger) can be done by hand.

When I first used this stuff, this was the first thing that came to mind. "Wonder if this coating would work on a fly line?"

Big difference was the wire didn't cost more.
 

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Most of my dry lines are well over 10 years old that were purchased as closeout specials from the Madison River Fly Co. For under $30. If I ever need another dry line it will probably come from the Dungeon. If they start to sink, which rarely happens, I put some Lazer line speed on them and good to go.
 

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This might have something to do with the price.;):D

Taken from an article in 2013;
"Top fly tackle brand Orvis has entered into an agreement to buy fly line brand Scientific Anglers and rod and reel brand Ross from 3M, in one of the biggest deals in the recent history of the fly fishing trade."

But what got my attention in the OP's link was this "What Rock To Stand On" app.
https://www.anglingtrade.com/2016/0...-five-editions-of-stream-map-usa-for-android/

Pretty cool, I don't have a smart phone yet but stuff like this might soon change that.
 

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Jeez-What's next-"Spray-on Orgasm"? Marketed as 'Grin In A Can' it does away with all of that laborious foreplay and saves a ton on sexy romantic candlelight dinners. Just the thing for the guy who has no life outside of his smartphone.
I'll bet that already exists.
 
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this is really tech going to screw the only pastime that I enjoy. I will stick to using a rod that I must put together, a ride that I alone drive, a flip phone I have no use for and no device to tell me where a color coded stream is. I must be missing something... call me old fashioned but sometimes getting lost is good for my soul.
 

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I search out new water the old fashioned way. A map and a long drive. These two things have worked for me for over 60 years. So why change now. And I do have a flip phone and a camera along to take pictures with. I'll never change.
 
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I search out water the only real way: I put on cape of cave bear which I shot with the arrow I carved and fire treated tip using the bow I cut from the yew tree. I cured/tanned bear cape using my urine and saliva. I tie hides of rabbit around my feet and I trudge through trails I cleared with my hands.

When I come to stream, I use hook carved from bone.

This is stupid. You all use tools that were state-of-the-art at one time and those tools made fishing much, much easier on you than the people who had to rely on worse equipment. Being a fishing snob is really, really pitiful.
 

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I search out new water the old fashioned way. A map and a long drive. These two things have worked for me for over 60 years. So why change now. And I do have a flip phone and a camera along to take pictures with. I'll never change.
Think of this as protection from global warming thanks to the immediate gratification generation. Who needs to burn gas in the chase anymore?
 

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I search out water the only real way: I put on cape of cave bear which I shot with the arrow I carved and fire treated tip using the bow I cut from the yew tree. I cured/tanned bear cape using my urine and saliva. I tie hides of rabbit around my feet and I trudge through trails I cleared with my hands.

When I come to stream, I use hook carved from bone.

This is stupid. You all use tools that were state-of-the-art at one time and those tools made fishing much, much easier on you than the people who had to rely on worse equipment. Being a fishing snob is really, really pitiful.
Funny shit and true to the core.

Old doesn't make you old school, it just means your old.
 

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Hopefully a $130 line lasts a lot longer than some of the floaters I've had. I recently purchased an Airflo line that's supposed to have a UV resistant coating and therefore (maybe) last longer? We'll see.

Clan of the Cave Bear?

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I search out water the only real way: I put on cape of cave bear which I shot with the arrow I carved and fire treated tip using the bow I cut from the yew tree. I cured/tanned bear cape using my urine and saliva. I tie hides of rabbit around my feet and I trudge through trails I cleared with my hands.

When I come to stream, I use hook carved from bone.

This is stupid. You all use tools that were state-of-the-art at one time and those tools made fishing much, much easier on you than the people who had to rely on worse equipment. Being a fishing snob is really, really pitiful.
Wanting ultimately to shortcut the whole work affair is just as pitiful.
 

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Don't want to spend that much on a line? Don't. Seems pretty simple. There are plenty of cheap alternatives for those who want nothing more than a basic WF line to cast 40'. For those who want more fishery or performance specific lines there are costlier alternatives. I guess I don't see the issue.

I for one don't have too much issue spending good money on a fly line that will do exactly what I need it to do for a specific fishery.

If I just needed a floater to toss soft hackles 40' I probably wouldn't spend too much. Jeff is right, it's the single most important part of the fly fishing equation and can make or break a day easily. It's even more important than shirt or sock selection
 
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