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Fly Lines Chicago IL

Local resource for fly lines in Chicago. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fly fishing stores, fly fishing guides, fly fishing gear, bait and tackle shops and fly fishing lessons, as well as advice and content on fly fishing products and services.

Northwestern Girls Soccer Academy
(847) 467-5297
1501 Central St.
Evanston, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 779-8800
Village Crossing
Niles, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(708) 675-3100
Orland Park Place
Orland Park, IL
 
Polaris Rj`s Recreational Vehicles
(630) 876-8423
2040 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL
 
Earth Sports LLC
(312) 337-6400
1000 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL
 
Northwestern Boys Soccer Camp
2230 Harrison St.
Evanston, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 730-7400
The Glen
Glenview, IL
 
Pro Sports Experience
(312)226-5553,(312)226-5554
213 North Morgan Street Unit 1A
Chicago, IL
 
Mission Bay Multisport
(312) 466-9111
738 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
 
Apprieciated Bicycle Sales & Service
(312) 664-0703
855 North Mohawk Street
Chicago, IL
 

Fly Line Color

There are a myriad of fly line colors available these days and everyone has an opinion on what the best color is. You'll find such line colors as olive, bright yellow, fluorescent green, pumpkin orange among others. So, which is the best?

Sinking lines - when fishing sub-surface flies like a nymph or streamer, I generally find it better to go with a darker color that blends in more with the environment. Maybe try a dark olive or even a brown color here. Floating a bright orange line through a pool could tend to spook a wary trout faster than a more subtle color.

Floating lines - Here I tend to go with a lighter color that is easy for me to see. This way I'm not straining my eyes so much to see line movements in the water. Fish looking up to the surface are going to see the line no matter what the color as the line will cast a shadow over the trout as the line passes between the trout and the sun.

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Fly Line Density

Yet another element of a fly line is its density - which basically means whether it floats, sinks or only partially floats. For most angling conditions, a floating fly line is what is used and is by far the most popular. While the fly line itself will float, using nymphs or attaching weights will pull down the leader, allowing adequate sub-surface fly fishing in most conditions. If you can only own one fly line, make sure it is a floating line.

A sinking fly line is used mainly in big, slow moving rivers or in lakes. As the entire line sinks, it can take a fly down to very deep depths quite quickly (depending on its sink rating). Since the fly line sinks, a sinking line is difficult to pick up and can be a bear to cast, especially on a long day.

There are several flavors of sinking lines available. The intermediate sinking fly line sinks slowly and at a uniform rate and is a great choice for fishing on lakes that have lots of weeds. A full sinking fly line will completely sink at a uniform rate. How fast the line sinks will vary depending on the actual lines sink rate, which is usually between 2-10 inches per second. Last is the fast-sinking fly line which sinks like a stone. This type of fly line is really only needed for saltwater fly fishing or when fly fishing deep lakes.

Finally, sink tip fly lines are a combination of both of the above. On a sink tip line, the first 10-30 feet of the fly line sinks while the remainder of the line floats. This greatly assists in line pickup and casting, while still allowing the line to pull down flies to deep depths quickly.


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