I'm regularly asked what line I'm casting in our clips and DVD's - It seems to be about the most common question for our clips from 'Casts that Catch Fish'
The line that I've used for quite a while is the Scientific Anglers Expert Distance in Orange (120ft) The main reason that I specifically use that line as that up until fairly recently it was the only line with a significantly long head that also came in day-glow orange.
But that's no longer the case, there are now a number of manufacturers producing specialty distance lines in bright colors - The Barrio GT 140 from Mike Bario is one such line.
I got to take this baby for a spin about a month ago and was very impressed. The line is an absolute monster at 140 ft - (a distance that I'll not be throwing any time soon, but there are certainly guys out there that are throwing distances in the 5 weight comp' that are coming very close to this)
The GT 140 is very stable on long carries and turned over well at distance. To bust out casts of 30m or more (that's 100ft) you're going to have to carry around 85 ft of line in the air and shoot the rest - and this is where lines with very longs heads and long gradual rear tapers are a necessity.
At around 90ft the Bario GT has an extremely long head (comparable to the S.A ED) but the BIG difference is price. At £24 the Barrio works out at around US$38 - this compared to the S.A at $65 (the cheapest I've seen one)
To my mind and especially at that price the Barrio represents an excellent buy. Way to go Mike.
You can order Barrio lines directly from Barrio Fly Lines right here http://www.flylineshop.com/barrio-fly-lines.html
APPROX GUIDE TO THE BARRIO GT140 FLY LINE PROFILE
(front taper & tip: 13 ft) (belly: 25 ft) (rear taper: 50 ft) (running line: 52 ft)
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