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Chris Puchniak

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Arcay nymphing line
« on: May 15, 2018, 07:12:12 AM »
I've recently had the chance to fish three lines from the new Arcay company.  This included Arcay's nymphing line, and two "traditional lake" lines - a slow intermediate and a Di7.  For my opinion of the lake lines, please check out my separate review for those items which will be coming out soon.

I have been fishing with the Arcay nymphing line for about four months now, using it and alternating with some of my other lines throughout an afternoon or so.  I've used it on big water and small waters nymphing for trout and whitefish, as well as the odd steelhead.  Here are my thoughts:

- the line is two coloured, with the main body being black and the tip (about 12' long - I haven't measured it precisely) being light blue.  I have been surprised how well the light blue tip shows up, as initially looking at it I would have thought it would be tough to see.  Quite the opposite though - I can see it quite well when fishing out far with an 18-20' leader, and I can't help but think that the light blue tip section is very subtle to the fish when the line is overhead of them.  Dead easy for me to see and possibly more subtle to the fish:  win-win scenario.

- the diameter of the line is very small, pretty much bang-on a precise 0.22 inch, which is the minimum diameter we comp anglers can use.  It leads to less sag and goes though the guides well, yet at the same time there is enough substance to the line to firmly grip it when fighting fish (one of the problems to the all-leader approach)

- the line is very supple and soft, which I suspect helps it shoot through the guides when you are counting on the weight of the fly to do most of the work (and you don't want the line slowing it down!).  When you hold the line in your fingers, you can feel how supple it is.

Long and short of it, for a nymphing line it casts very well (didn't try it with dries mind you!).  I paired it with a 2 weight 10 foot rod, and casting out to about 45' with a single tungsten bead nymph was fairly easy.  Really, like any fly line, you want it to help you cast, not get in the way, and help you fight a fish, and this line does all this very well. 

Often we go through nymphing lines on rivers fairly quickly, as the lines have only a thinly coated jacket, and on the rocks they take an incredible amount of abuse (sure do from me anyways!).  I am looking forward to seeing how this line stands up over time and will be certainly giving it the long term test this summer. 
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Re: Arcay nymphing line
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 12:37:11 PM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Chris.  I have one spooled up for my next outing. Looking forward to giving it a go.
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Re: Arcay nymphing line
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 03:15:55 PM »
How does it compare to the Rio ?

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 04:19:06 PM »
Sounds great, I assume it has a sink tip being a nymphing line?

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Re: Arcay nymphing line
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2018, 06:54:09 AM »
Hi David.  No it is purely a floating line, designed more for lightness for euro nymphing.
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Re: Arcay nymphing line
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2018, 06:57:39 AM »
Andy, very different design from Rio.  It is a little thinner than Rio, is black and blue (compared to the olive and orange of Rio), and is a lot more supple than Rio (where as the Rio is stiff, the Arcay feels closer to silk in that it compresses very easy).

I think both lines have their advantages.
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