Well,some years have passed since I started with fly fishing for pike and everything involved in this beautiful sport has become more and more advanced.
Different type of rods,reels,lines,hooks etc,etc have appeared on market,even flies have came in progress with wiggle tails and other exciting stuff.
About rods,I have found what type of rods I like to use,same thing with lines.
Reels are less important for me as long as it got a decent drag and take a nine weight line.
I also feel comfortable with different kind of hooks,it depend on what kind of flies I'm tying.
One thing that I really struggling with to decide what to use is the beloved trace wire material.
When I started with fly fishing Fortress Predator was a wire used by many,it got some fans even these days.
I used it too but it use to get kink after so few fishes I decided to try to find some other brand and after some study I found a brand called Optima kevlar.
First feelings was pretty good about it,easy to knot,soft texture.Actually I thought that a trace wire could not get any better than this.
All those features were good but durability was bad....very bad,you had to check the wire very carefully after every fish and after couple of fishes it use to look like this,sometimes even after only one fish.Not good.....
Tried with little bit of this,little bit of that before I got my hands on Sakuma plastic coated steelwire,my first wire to weld.
At the moment I got so many different brands at home I can't even remember all of them but my favourite wire at the moment is AFW Bleeding wire which I have many good experiences with so far.
Partridge pike tech wire isn't bad either but.....I don't know,value for the money isn't quite in line here imo.
Use to take some different brands with me on every trip just to compare.
But as I said,AFW bleeding wire is my favourite at the moment but I'm still wander in the jungle looking for perfection.
Show must go on.....