View Full Version : Fly Line for Warmer Climates

Green Weenie
12-15-2008, 09:35 AM
What are the main differences between regular fly line and those marked 'for warm climates only'? Are they referring to the air temp or the water temp? If I use a 'warmer' fly line in a local tailwater, what kind of results am I going to see?

Any help is appreciated.

12-15-2008, 07:34 PM
Warmer water fly lines like you would use in tropical environments, are typically thinner and more dense to give it better casting qualities. This is because the warmer salt water will float your line better and you can get away with a thinner, more dense fly line that will cast a whole lot better and still float well.

12-17-2008, 12:18 PM
The other main difference between "warm/tropical" lines and typical trout lines is the core. You will often find that most tropical lines are built on either a braided or single strand monofilament core. This makes these lines stiff both for casting and to maintain some backbone when in hot conditions. This stiffness can be a problem in cold conditions because it translates to memory and requires a tremendous amount of stretching to remove.

12-17-2008, 05:33 PM
Good post Drew! Bottom line is you probably would not want to use a warmwater/tropical line on a cold tailwater unless you want horrible line coil. There are some saltwater lines out there that have more versatility than others by using different outer coatings and inner core combinations that work in tropical waters but also reduce bad coiling in slightly colder saltwater environments.

Green Weenie
12-18-2008, 09:01 AM
Thanks, guys!