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    Lightbulb Increased Casting Distance

    Here's a great way to get more casting distance out of your fly line. Hold a soft rag in your hand and spray it with a gentle vinyl protectant like Armour All. Pull the line through the sprayed rag. This will clean and coat your line with a slick finish that allows it to pass through the guides more easily.
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    I don't believe that will work with my silk lines.

    Great idea for plastic lines, however!
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    Sharps, you actually have some silk lines, didn't know such a thing still existed.

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    Sure Allen. They're very much available. Mine are all new, well, no more than 7 years for my oldest. Thebault, Phoenix, Terenzio, Zhu and there are a couple others out there who still make them. I know that in my lifetime I'll never buy another 4, 5 or 6 wt. DT line. New they're a bit pricey but my grandchildren will be fishing my lines if they're taken care of. If you watch some of the classic fly rod sites you can sometimes pick them up for half or less of new. Right now I've got my eye out for a vintage 5 or 6 wt. silk line. They're available but not common and can be restored unless they've been allowed to rot.
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    Hmmm, maybe I will try one or two for my old South Bend Bamboo or my True Temper Sportsman Steel.

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    Which South Bend do you have? I have two, a 323 and a 290, that I fish regularly, both of which prefer a #6 DT in my hand. One thing is for certain, the right weight silk line makes bamboo come to life and there's nothing quite like silk singing through the guides. You will absolutely love the way it lands so delicately on the water as compared to plastic lines.
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    My South Bend rod is 8 and a half feet long, 3 piece plus an extra tip. The rod number is "59". and those are the only markings on the rod or the sleeve. Well, it did say who the inspector was but that seems to be worn off. As far as I know it is for HCH, in DT lines (which I don't have).

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    PS, I was told the reason for the extra tip is so you don't break the first one.

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    The rods were more expensive because they came with two tips. Single tip rods were less although not necessarily of quality. Two tips for IF you broke the first tip while fishing or, some had wet fly tips and dry fly tips.

    The South Bend 59 is a good rod. GENERALLY the two digit rods from South Bend were considered bass rods and the 3 digit rods were trout rods. HCH is about a #6 I think.
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