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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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I think it's worth spending $100-130 on a line. Besides the rod, line choice influences your cast the most. I prefer SA or Airflo to Rio. I've never washed or wiped my lines besides a quick dunk when fishing and never had a problem, but I only fish fresh water.
 

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Partial to SA over here in Michigan - I find they tend to hold up a bit better than the Rio lines and aren’t as dang heavy. Rio lines are getting out of control - some 2-3 sizes over weight.
 

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Yes, they are that much better. trust us. Even a used one is going to blow your mind as to how much longer they stay slick and shootable.

i don’t want to oversell it, but like another poster said, I rarely “clean” my lines. Let that sink in…I mean maybe once a season. Sure that’s lazy, and I could be better, but still, I’m getting away with it and catching plenty of fish.

Ive picked up my friends rods lately and he uses cheap lines and I instantly notice each time.
 

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I use Rio Premier Striper on my 9wt and SA infinity on my 5’s. While I think you could probably debate which exact line loads your rod best, I don’t think I can tell any difference in slickness between the two…the Rio is my salt water line so it does get grittier faster but I think it’s a product of environment rather than quality.
 

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My Rio seems to be holding up better than SA. I had a SA line that cracked in about 5 lawn casts when I was trying to see how it loaded my rod. To their credit, SA sent me a new line for free and no questions asked-took about two weeks
 

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My experience with SA and Rio is opposite of Dg421, I don't get long life from Rio WF's and I do with SA.

How about Cortland Peach classic fly lines? I've been buying them more often than SA; they retail for $64.95 and are durable, stay slick and long lasting.
 
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