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Fly Lines Philadelphia PA

Local resource for fly lines in Philadelphia. 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.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(856) 317-8394
2130 Route 70 West
Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 260-4400
Metroplex Shopping Center
Plymouth Meeting, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(856) 384-8533
399 Almonesson Road
Deptford, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(215) 368-2186
Montgomery Mall
North Wales, PA
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(215) 634-7677
3400 Aramingo Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Hours
9:30AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Dick's Sporting Goods
(215) 657-8977
The Plaza at Willow Grove Park
Willow Grove, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(215) 637-3230
Franklin Mills Mall
Philadelphia, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(856) 802-1225
East Gate Square
Mt. Laurel, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(609) 747-0400
2703 Route 541
Burlington Township, NJ
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(215) 629-0900
934 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
Hours
9:00AM - 7:00PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 8:00PM FRIDAY
9:00AM - 7:00PM SATURDAY
11:00PM - 5:00PM SUNDAY

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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