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2012

The Provider Fly Lines

Provider_-_Fly_Line.jpgWF lines – Don’t be afraid of the longer ones……

People who know me, may suggest that it’s my inherent “competition fly caster” who’s speaking when I suggest that moderate Long Belly lines are less “dangerous” than most fly fishers suspect. The competition lines we use for distance casting in the event “Trout Distance” have heads of more than 20 meters and can safely be classified as “Extra Long Belly Lines”, but these lines are NOT the topic of this article.

A Long belly line is, of course, nothing but a WF line with a longer head. In my head, WF lines with heads from 12,5 meters and up are classified as Long Belly lines, but in this article I will discuss the shorter versions with heads up to ca. 14 meters. Lines that, if properly designed, could be used by a considerably higher percentage of fly fishers than what is the situation today.

Even though my main intention is to speak warmly about Long Bellies, I will, in all fairness, discuss all three categories of WF lines:


Short Belly = BROOK

Narrow rivers, cramped fishing conditions, evil greeneries, and the excellence of short casts…… Under such conditions, Short Belly lines are unbeatable. If you know that most of your fishing will take place “here”, you should choose such a line. The six different lines of the “Brook” series are perfect representatives for this category of WF lines. The heads are all 8,8 meters long and the designs are based on our own philosophy of optimal balance, combined with seriously precise tapers to ensure fantastic loop control and presentation qualities. If you, in spite of everything, should need to cast a few meters longer, these lines will handle several meters of overhang without any problem, and still present flies dangerously well. You can get “Brook” lines in six weight classes from #2 to #6. Float only.

Medium Belly = REFLECTION

Average length WF. The safe alternative for everyone wanting an all-round line for most single hand eventualities. Short enough to be manageable for all fly fishers that have struggled up the first few steps of the stair to fly casting excellence and long enough to ensure longer casts without longer overhangs, but, however,  if you really need distance to reach a trophy trout, lines like these should be able to handle considerable meters of overhang without collapsing. The two “Reflection” series are definite winners in this category. Slightly longer than average “Medium Belly WF lines”, but so balanced and stable that both short presentations and longer casts could be executed with an almost unexpected degree of control. “Reflection” will be available as Float (#3 - #9) and as Float/Intermediate (Intermediate head and floating running line - #5 - #9).

Long Belly = PROVIDER

Then finally, we return to the introduction and to the references to unnecessary fear of moderately long Long Belly lines. A considerable amount of fly fishers will start sweating when lines like these are mentioned, but I will like to state that a well-designed Long Belly line could elevate many of these to new dimensions of fly fishing excellence. The threshold between an average WF and a moderate LB is smaller than you might think and the rewards, under the right conditions, could be amazing.

A head that is 3-4 meters longer than the average WF line enables you to hold more line in the air without this involving too much overhang and will result in more controlled presentations, enabling you to reach fish lying further out in the river. In spite of being a pure blooded fly casting nerd, I have still grasped the fact that it’s more important to execute controlled distance casts than to always try for the fish rising just outside your limit of control. The last category of casts has a mean tendency to involve presentations scaring the living daylight out of neurotic trophy trout in continuous states of alarm. Our new Long Belly “babies” are (in all modesty) fantastic. Three lines, # 4, 5 and 6, beautifully balanced heads measuring 14 meters and total line lengths of 30 meters. The rear tapers are long enough to enable you to hold parts of the head inside the tip guide without feeling like you’re compensating. In addition (it’s impossible for me to avoid mentioning it), the “Provider” lines have unique potentials for helping you with the mind-blowingly long casts and for pushing your limits of distance further out. I agree that fresh beginners should start with shorter-headed lines, but when you feel that controlling an average WF line isn’t all that difficult, you should test our “Provider” and take your single hand fly casting to a new level.

Tight lines!

Mathias Lilleheim

 

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