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Hi-Viz Orange Practice Fly lines

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The single most common question generated from our YouTube Casting clips is "What's that orange fly line you are using"

(Closely followed by "What Rod" and "what Camera")

For the past few years I've used an Orange Expert Distance line from Scientific Anglers, but almost all the big line manufacturers now make similar lines.

There are a 2 very important reasons why I use lines of this type. 
The first is obviously the color. As an instructor (and when we're out filming) it's vital that the fly line is clearly visible, you can't talk about loops and slack line casts without actually seeing the line, and your standard olive fly line is next to impossible to see in the air.

If you are even vaguely interested in improving your fly casting a Hi-Viz line is an absolute must.  Casting one is like firing tracer rounds into the air. Every loop and line you throw can be clearly seen - and how are you ever going to tighten up those loops without clearly seeing what's going on up there?!

The second reason is perhaps not so obvious:
A long belly line is a must have.
Most standard trout lines have a total head length or between 35' - 40' - after that they hit a fairly short rear taper and then you're into running line. And you cant cast running line - try it.
If you've ever tried to carry any reasonable length of line in the air - say 50 feet or more, a standard weight forward line turns to spaghetti in the air. Once you have the full head out past the rod tip, you're trying to cast that running line, and for most casters anything more than a few feet of overhang ends in disaster.

If you're interested in practicing distance with long carries then a long belly line is the only taper that is going to work for you (OK, excluding a shooting head, but that's a different game)
The overall head length of a fly line is made up of the sum total lengths of the front taper, the belly (the long relatively level middle bit) and the rear taper.
Weight forward lines shoot well, but do not allow for long carries and big distance.
Long belly lines have a far greater total head length and some clever tapers that delay turnover and assist overall distance. - more on tapers another day...

Weight Forward Line Profile. Note the relatively short belly and long running line.
Wf

Long Belly Distance Line. Note the belly length.
Long_belly

That was then...
Perhaps the biggest drawback with specialty long belly lines, or just about any fly line these days, is that they are bloody expensive - particularly when it's a line you will probably never actually fish!
A couple of posts back I looked at the Barrio GT140, which is a very good long belly line at a great price.

The Hi-Viz DT practice line.
As previously mentioned I get asked a lot about where to get a Hi Viz line, but not everyone wants to bust out casts of 100 feet or more. Most students simply want an inexpensive line that is easily seen for practicing with. 
So we've com up with a low cost, Hi-Viz orange fly line in a double taper. The double taper essentially does away with that troublesome running line and affords a nice long belly. The double taper also means that when you wear one end out you can simply reverse it - and Voilà ! - you've got a nice new line all over again.  (It wasn't that long ago when most lines where DT's and weight forward profiles were the new best thing)

The other advantage of a DT is that they are a dream to roll cast - and if you've been following our roll-casting clips from my "Casts that Catch Fish" DVD  - this line will make things a little easier.

We've tred to keep the cost of these lines low and keep waste to a minimum (about half the price of a named brand) so packaging is minimal - But I'm sure you don't need another cardboard box or plastic line spool.

Our Hi-Viz Orange practice lines are available from our online fly casting store right here.
Dt-fly-line

 

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Hi-Viz Orange Practice Fly lines

Posted by Shopify API on

The single most common question generated from our YouTube Casting clips is "What's that orange fly line you are using"

(Closely followed by "What Rod" and "what Camera")

For the past few years I've used an Orange Expert Distance line from Scientific Anglers, but almost all the big line manufacturers now make similar lines.

There are a 2 very important reasons why I use lines of this type. 
The first is obviously the color. As an instructor (and when we're out filming) it's vital that the fly line is clearly visible, you can't talk about loops and slack line casts without actually seeing the line, and your standard olive fly line is next to impossible to see in the air.

If you are even vaguely interested in improving your fly casting a Hi-Viz line is an absolute must.  Casting one is like firing tracer rounds into the air. Every loop and line you throw can be clearly seen - and how are you ever going to tighten up those loops without clearly seeing what's going on up there?!

The second reason is perhaps not so obvious:
A long belly line is a must have.
Most standard trout lines have a total head length or between 35' - 40' - after that they hit a fairly short rear taper and then you're into running line. And you cant cast running line - try it.
If you've ever tried to carry any reasonable length of line in the air - say 50 feet or more, a standard weight forward line turns to spaghetti in the air. Once you have the full head out past the rod tip, you're trying to cast that running line, and for most casters anything more than a few feet of overhang ends in disaster.

If you're interested in practicing distance with long carries then a long belly line is the only taper that is going to work for you (OK, excluding a shooting head, but that's a different game)
The overall head length of a fly line is made up of the sum total lengths of the front taper, the belly (the long relatively level middle bit) and the rear taper.
Weight forward lines shoot well, but do not allow for long carries and big distance.
Long belly lines have a far greater total head length and some clever tapers that delay turnover and assist overall distance. - more on tapers another day...

Weight Forward Line Profile. Note the relatively short belly and long running line.
Wf

Long Belly Distance Line. Note the belly length.
Long_belly

That was then...
Perhaps the biggest drawback with specialty long belly lines, or just about any fly line these days, is that they are bloody expensive - particularly when it's a line you will probably never actually fish!
A couple of posts back I looked at the Barrio GT140, which is a very good long belly line at a great price.

The Hi-Viz DT practice line.
As previously mentioned I get asked a lot about where to get a Hi Viz line, but not everyone wants to bust out casts of 100 feet or more. Most students simply want an inexpensive line that is easily seen for practicing with. 
So we've com up with a low cost, Hi-Viz orange fly line in a double taper. The double taper essentially does away with that troublesome running line and affords a nice long belly. The double taper also means that when you wear one end out you can simply reverse it - and Voilà ! - you've got a nice new line all over again.  (It wasn't that long ago when most lines where DT's and weight forward profiles were the new best thing)

The other advantage of a DT is that they are a dream to roll cast - and if you've been following our roll-casting clips from my "Casts that Catch Fish" DVD  - this line will make things a little easier.

We've tred to keep the cost of these lines low and keep waste to a minimum (about half the price of a named brand) so packaging is minimal - But I'm sure you don't need another cardboard box or plastic line spool.

Our Hi-Viz Orange practice lines are available from our online fly casting store right here.
Dt-fly-line

 

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92 in the shade

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This week I've been working through some of the shots we took on Aitutaki in November - it's a mission.

Jeanie took these three on a rare day off from atop a tourist boat out on the lagoon. I've done a color correction and applied some blur effects to reduce the apparent depth of field.

Winter is well and truly upon us here in southern New Zealand and Aitutaki seems like a world away.

 

 

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92 in the shade

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This week I've been working through some of the shots we took on Aitutaki in November - it's a mission.

Jeanie took these three on a rare day off from atop a tourist boat out on the lagoon. I've done a color correction and applied some blur effects to reduce the apparent depth of field.

Winter is well and truly upon us here in southern New Zealand and Aitutaki seems like a world away.

 

 

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Heavy on the Post

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20mm @ 1.7 and funked up in Photoshop

Love that fast lens

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Heavy on the Post

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20mm @ 1.7 and funked up in Photoshop

Love that fast lens

P1030827_-_version_2
P1040057
P1030734_-_version_2
P1030738_-_version_2

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Autumn Colour

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That's 'Fall color' for you lot down there in the Northern hemisphere :-p

Eitherway, these shots show why it's my favorite time of year - the trout's too I reckon ;)

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Autumn Colour

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That's 'Fall color' for you lot down there in the Northern hemisphere :-p

Eitherway, these shots show why it's my favorite time of year - the trout's too I reckon ;)

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Tapam Downunder

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We're stoked to announce that Tapam is coming down-under!

We love great fly fishing films, and the next best thing to making them is being associated with great films produced by colleagues.  I can't think of a film we'd rather rub shoulders with than Tapam.

The incredible Tarpon Adventure produced by Daniel Göz & Jan Bach Kristensen will be distributed in New Zealand and Australia by On the Fly Productions

In case you've been under a rock over the past few weeks here's the lowdown on what must be the most exciting fly fishing adventure filmed.

There are still places to be found... Two guys venture far off the beaten track in their quest for large tarpon. Armed with fly rods and float tubes their journey takes the viewer into some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Central America - a place where giant tarpon prowl and the locals fish and hunt from dugout canoes. The adventure unfolds as the catch of a lifetime is documented with incredible footage of exhilarating close-up fights with giant tarpon, breathtaking scenery and wildlife as well as interaction with the locals. 

"Tapâm - a flyfishing journey" received the prestigious Drake Film Award "Best Fishing" in 2010. 

We're very proud to be representing Daniel & Jan downunder - if you want to know how to get your hands on a copy of Tapam in New Zealand or Australia just drop us a line.

Tapam_dvd_cover_web_

 

Here's the trailer - hold your breath

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Tapam Downunder

Posted by Shopify API on

We're stoked to announce that Tapam is coming down-under!

We love great fly fishing films, and the next best thing to making them is being associated with great films produced by colleagues.  I can't think of a film we'd rather rub shoulders with than Tapam.

The incredible Tarpon Adventure produced by Daniel Göz & Jan Bach Kristensen will be distributed in New Zealand and Australia by On the Fly Productions

In case you've been under a rock over the past few weeks here's the lowdown on what must be the most exciting fly fishing adventure filmed.

There are still places to be found... Two guys venture far off the beaten track in their quest for large tarpon. Armed with fly rods and float tubes their journey takes the viewer into some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Central America - a place where giant tarpon prowl and the locals fish and hunt from dugout canoes. The adventure unfolds as the catch of a lifetime is documented with incredible footage of exhilarating close-up fights with giant tarpon, breathtaking scenery and wildlife as well as interaction with the locals. 

"Tapâm - a flyfishing journey" received the prestigious Drake Film Award "Best Fishing" in 2010. 

We're very proud to be representing Daniel & Jan downunder - if you want to know how to get your hands on a copy of Tapam in New Zealand or Australia just drop us a line.

Tapam_dvd_cover_web_

 

Here's the trailer - hold your breath

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