PIKE FLY LINES
Fly lines are a key part of Pike Fly Fishing. After all, they provide the weight that loads the rod and generates line-speed, thereby propelling your fly through the air.
There is a lot of rubbish spoken about fly lines; my belief is that if an average caster uses balanced tackle with a sensible fly, a standard weight-forward line should disappear through the rings on a regular basis. Standard weight-forward lines are absolutely ideal for casting large pike flies, that is why we use them. Turnover of the end tackle is far superior than when using "bug" tapers or "pike" tapers, which are supposedly designed for casting heavy flies. I find that the complete opposite effect is achieved when using them, and an un-balanced, ungainly casting motion is demonstrated by these lines, especially when fishing with water-sodden flies. The effects of this are more akin to hurling than fly fishing.
If you experience difficulties in casting virtually a full weight-forward line with a fly attatched, I suggest you look for problems elsewhere before you consider your line is at fault. Normally the problem lies in insufficient loading of the rod on the back-cast (try a heavier line), poor casting technique (take a casting lesson), or over-loading of the rod by using a fly that is too heavy when soaked in water. This latter problem can sometimes be remedied by using a line that is one or two weights below what is normally recommended for your rod. If you use flies that are made from synthetic materials, then the line used should be matched to the rod exactly. If your rod is rated as a ten-weight, normally a size bigger should be employed if you use weight-forward lines, i.e. AFTMA #WF 11. This is because fly rods SHOULD be rated to cast double-tapered lines, however some manufacturers choose to rate their rods incorrectly and therefore over-rate their casting power. Our own rod, PIKESABER, is rated as a #10 weight, double taper. It is absolutely at it's best with a #11 weight-forward line, and a full 30 yard line can be cast quite easily by most average casters. Remember this, there is no excuse for poor technique, there are plenty of trained tutors around so GO AND TAKE SOME CASTING LESSONS if you are struggling, or get someone to show you how. Half an hour with someone who knows their game will teach you far more quickly than trying to teach yourself! Watch our video "two steps back and down to the backing" if you want to see how easy it is!
Our Pike Fly Lines are simple, standard, no-nonsense weight forward fly lines, which are absolutely ideal for heavy duty casting. They carry a large Pike Fly with ease, are slick and smooth and work perfectly with any fly rod.
Whilst you CAN spend a LOT of money on a Fly Line we recommend our own because not only do they cast really well, they are also cheap! These aren't mill ends or imperfect lines. They are just good, honest, RELIABLE Fly Lines. Having personally spent hundreds of pounds on fly lines over the years only to stand on them, get them snagged on the bottom or smashed up on the boat prop I will never buy an expensive line again for Pike Fly Fishing. They are simply not necessary. Let's face it, we aren't trying to drop a size 20 gnat on the nose of a nebbing trout, we are casting heavy flies in the pursuit of heavy fish. . . . with Teeth! The added bonus is being able to renew your lines on a regular basis in an inexpensive way. Old lines become tired pretty quickly with the amount of stick us pike lads give them; pike fly fishing isn't the delicate sport that troutists pursue, at least it isn't on the venues that we fish!
By the way, if you insist on using expensive American lines that are designed for sea fishing or tournament casting, you may find that you will need a line at least one, if not two weights higher than that of your rod, as these lines have all of their casting weight loaded into the first few yards. If you fish like this with a big lump of rabbit fluff, then you're not really fly fishing because you are not casting your line, you are simply flirting out a heavy lump of dead animal, so LEARN TO FLY-FISH!
Please note that colours may change but quality is always assured.