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Sure, I heard they are very good, but I'm curious about one specific area: line "slickness". I've been using cheap, no-name fly lines I found online. These lines are generally good, cast in the way the profile chart says they would. But one big problem is that, even for a brand-new line, after 1 or 2 hours, they become sticky and impossible to double-haul. I rigorously clean them up in warm water after every use, but no good. They just got sticky after a couple of hours into fishing. So, before I spend $100 on a name-brand line, I wonder are they any better? Can they last, like, several tens of hours of use and still be able to do double-haul? Can anybody share your experiences? Thank you in advance. (I tried line dressing, but my favorite product, Orvis line slicker, is discontinued some years ago. It's a spray can, you can directly spray the liquid onto the line when it's on the reel.)
 

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In my opinion, like everything in life you get what you pay for, if you are using cheap line, you can’t expect high end performance. Not everybody wants to spend $100 on a line, or can afford $100for a high end line. However if you watch the classified, you can sometime find a lightly used qualty line for half of the normal price. Then you can decide from that experience if you want, or can afford a new quality line. Rio, and SAalso have lines, that are more economy minded as well, which would most likely be better, than a cheap line. I have not tried any of the slick, lines so cannot give an opinion, on those. Hope this helps.
 

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In short. Yes. Current offerings from Rio and SA lines are very slick and shoot line well during a full day (or week) of fishing. I use them both, but prefer the welded loops and tapers of SA lines. I also agree with Spurly, keep an eye on the classifieds and look for a lightly used line to try for $40-$60 if you don't want to spend $100 out of the gate. A quality line can be a game-changer on your favorite rod, making it fish even better. Good luck.
 

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My recomendation for a more reasonable priced line would be a Rio trout. You would probably be less frustrated, by not having to clean so often, thus having more time for fishing.
 
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