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Post 22 Dec 2020, 22:21 • #1 
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Anybody know anything about Rain-Beau Glasline Glass Fibre fly lines? I've searched the web, but come up empty. This line belonged to my dad. It dates to 1954 when dad built up a fly rod from a blank he had purchased from Russ Peak. As I remember Peak recommended a GAF line (I still have and fish it). A friend gave him the Glasline to use for steelhead fishing. The line sank fairly well, but was stiff and cumbersome to handle. When the Scientific Anglers Hi-D tapers came on the scene the Glasline went on the shelf where it has remained.


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Post 24 Dec 2020, 08:13 • #2 
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Nobody ponied up. That's coarse weave nylon, probably coated with not very stable PVC.
I definitely wouldn't fish it.
I've recovered many high grade silk braids from vintage fly reels, and trashed any with mildew or fiber damage - when I came across the type in your OP, I didn't keep (or sell) them.


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Post 24 Dec 2020, 09:57 • #3 
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That looks to me like a pretty interesting line. According to its advertising, there are glass fibers woven into the braid, which would account for the stiffness. It’s the first I have ever seen or heard of that.

However, I would not be as fast as my friend Bulldog to write off the value of a braided nylon line. For a few years now I’ve been using twisted or furled nylon lines with good results. Nylon has a positive specific gravity and is therefore heavier than water and naturally sinks, but it is not as heavy as silk. Some fly-fishers still swear by braided silk lines. Since nylon is denser and heavier that PVC, a nylon (or silk) line has less air resistance, which makes it a better choice for casting in the wind. It also makes for an intermediate line that will sink slowly with no dressing and float when it is dressed.


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Post 24 Dec 2020, 10:45 • #4 
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Actually, a quality treated silk braid sits on the surface tension rather than floating.
I've done this before, targeting spinner fall with Tonka Prince, mastic-varnished antique silk that happened to be loaded on a DAM Effzet reel.
Also made the point before, Hemingway never fished a dry fly, but fished wets on soggy silk.
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