Floating line...the BEST???

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Chris Adams

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What is currently the best floating fly line on the market. I currently use a peach 444 (cortland), but am tempted with the Lee Wulff triangle taper. I already use the LW clear intermediate, a great line,that shoots well and sinks evenly. Any advice out there to help make my mind up!!
 
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Rob Jones

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Hi Chris,

I've used Scientific Anglers' Air Cel and Mastery floaters but found they suffered with memory problems. Last year I 'invested' in a Lee Wulff TT, and I am glad I did. The line casts well, has no memory problems and comes in an olive colour which keeps the other anglers guessing.

My only gripe is that when fishing a team of buzzers on the drift, the tip section tends to sink after a while. I suspect that this is because the last few feet of the line is finer and therefore less buoyant than others, but it improves presentation - an acceptable trade-off in my opinion. Great when fishing single dries.

I have heard that the line doesn't wear too well, but mine is still fine after 12 months use, applying a placticiser after each time it gets a wetting. At the price, they are well worth looking after!
 
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Terry Mann

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Chris,
I,m not sure what kind of fishing you are doing,but for bank fishing on reservoirs the Lee Wulff TT is a great line,getting better with use.
I got about three seasons use out of mine before it finally wore out at the junction of the running line with the belly.
I have heard that the Snowbee floaters are also very good lines ,and abit cheaper than the TT.
 
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Mark Frame

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the new cortland thats coming out about now has had rave reviews
 
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Ron Clay

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For me the Lee Wulff is the best I have ever used.

Never liked Cortland, they seem to lose plasticiser in warm climates. I had one strip off all its coating once - what a mess.

For Salt Water you can't beat Airflo Lines. They are the toughest of the lot.
 
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Steve Ayscough

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I've used a lee Wulff in the passed but I couldn't get on with it.

I now use an Airflo delta taper clear floater and my catches have gone up 40%
 
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Ron Clay

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Airflo lines have improved in leaps and bounds in the past few years. Their clear intermediates are superb.
 
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Steve Ayscough

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The certaily have I can remember buying one of thier first floating lines with the none stretch core and it was horrible as it had a terrible habit of looping up in the water and looked more like a corkscrew than a fly line
 
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Steve Ayscough

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Airflo usually have a tent at Chatsworth Country Fair where you can pickup some real bargins
 
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Phil & Jo Hyde

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I have used TT lines for over 12 years. The explanation of using them was indistinct, I asked a friend who had also used one, and he told me that the idea was if you had for instance a TT6-7, if you held the sharp back taper in your hand the line outside the tip ring of the rod equated to the lower TT number (in this case a AFTM 6. If you false - cast so that the back taper was at the tip of the rod, then the heavier rating applied. When my TT lines get curly, a dose of replacticiser gets my line a further reprieve. The longest - casting fly line I have ever come across was the aircel Ultra 2 specialist in WF8 - I measured 42 yards with one before it finally cracked - up. Later models didn't work so well for me.
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I have and use a green Cortland 444SL, which are lovely and smooth lines, but do wear out quickly. (It was also reasonable priced at the time!)
I have good reports on the slick Orvis wonderline and the white Snowbee floaters.

I am not sure and clear floaters - you won't be able to see subtle takes.

Any advice on what floating line I should buy in the future would be welcomed...
 
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Shrek

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I've switched from a Worcestershire to a Snowbee Prestige XS and wouldn't switch back for love nor money. Shoots incredibly well, so much so that I can put a full line out when I put my mind to it and don't try too hard. Also, the cleaning fluid that you get with it is good too, giving the line a nice smooth slick coating once applied. You also get 2 braided loops, if that is your preference for attaching line to backing.
Floats high in the water and takes are easy to see. No memory either even straight from the spool.

I've got a #6 Ivory and a #7 hi-viz, bought as a pair for ?50 off eBay.

I also have a Greys platinum WF5F that I use for river fishing and that's a nice supple line too but doesn't shoot quite as well as the snowbee, however I'm not that bothered as the river I fish is only 15ft at it's widest point, more of a brook really.

I know others on the site have used the Snowbee and like it a lot, reviews on relevant section prove that.

You're more than welcome to try mine out if you want to arrange a meet up at Draycote.

Hope that helps some.
 

GrahamM

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I've tried Lee Wulf, Sage and lots of other makes of fly lines but Snowbee is my favourite.

They're made for them by Shakespeare.
 
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Shrek

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I find it hard to understand though, why a Worcestershire floating line doesn't behave the same as a Snowbee line, if they're made by the same company. Surely they would put the same effort into their own branded goods as those they make for others.

Or perhaps it's just me......!!
 

GrahamM

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I don't know the facts but I would imagine that Snowbee lines are made to their unique specification.
 
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