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jabs
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Okay I finally used my sinking line this past weekend that I purchased from fortackle.com and I was quite pleased with it's performance. I don't know the sink rate but it was getting down fast to the depths where I needed it to be(20-30 ft) and hitting bottom.

My question is:

Has anybody else used any of these lines? If so, what has you experience been with these lines(floating,sinking or sinktip)?:dunno
 

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I've been checking out line on ebay and wondered about the seconds that some people are selling. Good to hear your experience.

Also I've noticed that there are a ton of Orvis lines out there. Anybody know why that might be? I thought I read that some of the older (1 or 2years ago) Wonderlines had some problems with cracking.

I'm really leaning towards a Rio Grande, Corland 555, or SA Mastery for my 5wt, but haven't found too many deals on those lines.

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I forgot what I was supposed to remember.

Never heard of a Rio Grande,But I have heard of Rio Lines.And As for the 555 it floats rather well and is good and slick but it has a memory like which I wish I had. You need to stretch it out every once in a while in the summer and in the winter you need to do it every time you go out. Don't know about the SA Mastery, but I've had that one before but it was a few years ago. If I was to get a new line for my 5 wt I would go with Cortlands 444 line. I have one and I've had it a few years now and it still lays out there nicely. No memory

I have this thing that if it's new line I need to have it that's why I seem to have lines that I never use anymore.

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The Rio Grande (yes made by Rio Lines) is a specific taper thats supposed to work well with fast action rods. It has a heavier front section and its supposed help with distance casts. I need to cast one on my 5wt, but that's what I'm leaning towards.

I currently have a Cortland 444 WF5F line on it(used it for about 4 years) and it works good, but I want to try something else.

Bill
 

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I forgot what I was supposed to remember.

You should of asked me because that was what I was using that day that we were out. My 5wt with the 555. I will change the subject for a little while. It looks like the S/F is now falling into shape and we ought to give it a try some evening as the bite seems to be better in the evening hours. Now that thats done we can go back to lines. Must be out of touch as I didn't know about the Rio Grande lines. But I do have a 8 wt Rio line which I like. The Versitip.

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Yeah, I have an 8wt Versitip as well and really like it. I also have a type 6 Rio sinking line that I use for salt and lakes. It works great in the salt, but is a little fast for the lakes that I've fished. I'm eventually going to get an intermediate sinking line, probably a type 3.

BTW I sent you an email about the S/F!

Bill
 

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I didn't know that, but then I'm really just starting off with sinking lines and lakes. It's not something I need right away though, so I haven't really checked things out.

Thanks!
Bill
 
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Last summer I bought three fly linescortland 555 clear floating 6WEIGHT,Rio classic WF8F, and the Rio Versi Tip 9 weight.The cortland line I am not happy at all with. The line has way to much memory,and now I see small little cracks or ruff spots on the first 10ft of the line. Very little use of the line and I take good care of my gear.
I am very happy with the Rio lines and I just orderd the Rio Grand for my 4 weight.
 

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Flybill:

Re. the many Orvis fly lines on eBay. A month ago I was in downtown Roanoke, VA, where I checked out the two Orvis stores (less than a block apart). One store is a factory outlet for discontinued Orvis items. There I saw many of the same lines I see on eBay. The clerk told me that many fly lines are bought there for resale on eBay.
Orvis has always tended to aggressively upgrade its product lines, which produces a lot of inexpensive surplus products that were state-of-the-art a year or two ago.
 

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Thanks guys! I was just curious about the Orvis line, because when you type in 'fly line' on Ebay you get so many hits.

FishingSeaducer: I'll be curious to hear how you like the Rio Grande when you get it. I'm happy with the two Rio lines that I currently have 8wt Veristip and a 5wt Type 6 sinking.

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A Rio Grande I tried also had problems with excessive memory, as did my 555 clear floater.
I feel you can't beat the SA Ultra 3 and have been impressed with the Lee Wulff TT as well.
All the other Rio's I have used (windcutter spey, versi tip, deep 7 and shooting heads) I haven't been able to fault. Mastery XPS is a nice line too.
 

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I've used the Rio Grande off and on for 2 years now, it is a nice line, only draw back is that it collects dirt and needs to be cleaned more often than some lines. As far as memory, it is similiar to most higher end lines on the market. A sleeper line that is worth checking out for faster action rods in the 4-6wt range is Sage's performance taper, I can't say enough positives about this line.
 
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Flybill ,Feather Craft called me this afternoon and said they would not have the Rio Grand in for another week,I did not want to wait so I went with the Mastery GPX,by their recomindatioin.Any coments on this line for a 4wt on a fairly fast rod.
 

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Other than some recomendations from people I've talked with, I can't give you any first hand experience. Hopefully it won't have the same issue with excessive memory like the 555 and Rio Grande. I'll be curious to hear you experience. I remember an article in one of the fly mags within the past year that compared some of the lines and will try to dig it up.

Bill
 

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Clear lines are made of a different material than normal flylines. And Cortland's is stiffer, and takes a set on the the reel. But I love mine.

As to the cracking and rough spots on the line, I would take it back to the shop, and tell them about it. A line should not crack like that. Maybe you got a lemon.
 
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