Rob and Mike,
I am curious if my illustration is accurate of your level lines. How straight can you get yours ironed out?
This is about nuances that I feel that I am missing in level line.
I am not try to make not a commentary on angler’s personal choices.
I actually had one of my best outing of this season with the wobbly level line, but it also got me reflecting on characteristics of that level line and what seemed missing…
A seven fish day is a good day for me. I do believe any line will do, but at the same time also am interested in feeling the strikes that I am missing. Strikes that as I note I would expect to feel, and that are validated with my last outing.
I too still own all the lines I have ever purchased. Different material, different weights, differnent lengths, and different colors. They all have utlility…it is fun to experiment. No different than with rods or flies. I own a good number of rods…so they all end up in the rotation.
Furled lines are great beginner lines, but they also have utility beyond beginners. There are days where that extra weight comes into play. I like heavier lines when its windy. Furled seem to anchor better in water because they have more surface area. Heavy flies turn over easier with a heavier line. They are also much more visible. I fish greylight a lot and sometimes those thin level lines are just impossible to see. I have seen footage of some seasoned japanese tenkara anglers using what looked like furled line. Seems like furled lines have a beginner status attached to them. Thats fine with me, I am not hung up on it.
My tinkering might seem unnecessary, but I am just trying to solve a problem that I am experiencing. It is not as if I have been given a good solution from anyone.
Like you Rob. I fish one line during an outings unless there is some condition that requires an adjustment. I do have some favorites to fish. I really like the nylon and flourocarbon level lines for a lot of presentation . They are far more delicate. And its enjoyable to tune my presentation skill with those lines. If it wasn’t for the memory waves in the line and the sensitivity lost, I would probably just consider sticking with different weights of LL.