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Lets see.  When I was a kid, My dad gave me a casting reel that had black dacron style fishing line.  Then mono came into being and there were a whole bunch of flavors of that, the next new line was braid and now there have been a whole bunch of those flavors.  Move on now to flouro and now there is a bunch of that out there.  I wonder what the next generation of line will be.


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No line
We will use remote control baits hook, play and retrieve fish with a Joy Stick
This with the new electronics is all you need.
Boy am I glad I so old I never see this too much joy the old fashion way no matter the line
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Bud I forgot about that dark colored line. Be advised you are giving your age away, and mine.

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I still have a rod with dacron line that my dad gave ne in the 1960's.

Interesting note. Dacron was a brand name made of polyethelene or PE - the same basic material today's braids are made from.

Yes, the formulations, coatings etc have changed, but at their heart they are the same old PE us geezers fished with way back then.

As the old saying goes "the more things change the more they stay the same".

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Braid with the invisibility of fluoro would be sweeeeeet.

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I actually find myself liking mono more and more these days lol


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Remember when Dupont/Stren made Prime. A line within a line. How about fluro with a small mono outer line or my dream fluro with a small braid inter line. Got to see Stren line being made. I worked for Dupont at the time.

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Bud I forgot about that dark colored line. Be advised you are giving your age away, and mine.


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i grew up with dacron line.  it came in camo, and black.  and, that is why i believe fish do not become line shy.  i fished the same pond day after day, catching the same bass over and over, and they never did become harder to catch.  so, if those bass in that pond never became line shy, where did we get this new breed of bass that can reason?? 

glad i grew up when i did, and you actually learned on your own from experience and not by just what you read.  believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see lo.

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When I was a kid, I only recall Berkley and Shakespere monos.  I honestly don't think there will be any huge break through in new technology. The R and D verses return of investment to bring out something marketable just doesn't seem plausible right now.  ;PEP)

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i grew up with dacron line.  it came in camo, and black.  and, that is why i believe fish do not become line shy.  i fished the same pond day after day, catching the same bass over and over, and they never did become harder to catch.  so, if those bass in that pond never became line shy, where did we get this new breed of bass that can reason?? 

glad i grew up when i did, and you actually learned on your own from experience and not by just what you read.  believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see lo.

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Love this comment some of my biggest fish were pulled off using only moss green braid . Before all this “should use  this for this” and “that for that” info come flooding into my life


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I actually find myself liking mono more and more these days lol


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I think they still offer Dacron line for fly fishing, several years back I saw it advertised.
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Biodegradable lines that will not pollute the environment and foul animals.
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned horse hair, once upon a time fly line, the only line available, was made out of horse hair. Poor horsey.
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I still have a rod with dacron line that my dad gave ne in the 1960's.

Interesting note. Dacron was a brand name made of polyethelene or PE - the same basic material today's braids are made from.

Yes, the formulations, coatings etc have changed, but at their heart they are the same old PE us geezers fished with way back then.

As the old saying goes "the more things change the more they stay the same".

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i was thinking that most of today's braids were make out of spectra or dyneema.  are either one of those PE?

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Assuming that what I read is correct, and I believe it was because I trusted the source it came from, both are a type of PE.

I attached some pictures of a box of Spiderwire. On the front of the box you can see it is made from Dyneema. On the back it states " made of ultra- high strength PE fibers."





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I'm surprised nobody mentioned horse hair, once upon a time fly line, the only line available, was made out of horse hair. Poor horsey.
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I don't know about fly lines being made with horse hair, but they were made with silk and treated to enable them to float. I've read about horse hair being used for leaders for flies, as well as "cut gut" and silk, all of which were tied to eyeless hooks.

Silk fly lines are still available, mostly for folks who want the "traditional" to use with bamboo rods, but they're not a mainstream item now and certainly not cheap. But, I guess if a person can afford the bamboo fly rod, they can likely afford such a line.   lo

Frankly some of the modern fly lines today have become crazy in price, with some over $100. Needless to say, I own none in that price range!  ::)

Dacron also is very much available and is still used for trolling and bottom fishing. Some fly line backing is dacron, and some made with gel spun polyethylene. The advantage is supposed to be strength per diameter and GSP allows more capacity on a reel. Like many other of to days modern braids it's costly. I'm sure it's a good choice for some folks and the fishing that they do, just like lines used for bass are a good choice.

I had purchased a big 1200 yard spool of dacron line years ago that I use for backing with some of my fly reels. I've read that fly line backing dacron, is slightly less diameter, but frankly have never seen that to be of great importance for the fly fishing I've done. I have some fly reels with Cortland "Micron" dacron backing and the regular dacron does the job just as well, and costs slightly less.
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