What is the Loop Evotec 100 fly line?
The Loop Evotec 100 fly line is a single-handed weight forward floating fly line for all-round fly fishing on rivers and stillwaters. The fly line has a pale olive coloured running line and a creamy white head, so it will appeal to those who want something that looks nice and subtle when in use.
What profile does the Evotec 100 have?
The Evotec 100 fly line has the usual weight-forward taper and has a 10.4 metre head, making it middle-sized in head length terms. This makes it ideal for mid-range fly fishing and means it loads faster than a longer-headed fly line.
The Loop Evotec 100 sits alongside the Evotec 85 fly line which has a shorter 8.5m head for short-range fishing in areas with minimal room for backcasting, and the Loop Evotec 140 which has a long 14m head for fishing at distance. All lines are 95ft or 29m in length.
How heavy are the Evotec 100 fly lines?
Unlike some other fly line manufacturers, Loop does tell you on the packaging how much each line weighs, which really helps with selecting the right one for your rod or tastes. My Loop Evotec 100 #8 line has a head weight of 18g.
Do they come with welded lops?
Nope, the Evotec lines have no loops on either end. You'll need to attach your own backing and either attach a braided loop or nail knot your leader to the end. While lots of people chop them off and they rarely last long, it would be nice to get a welded loop on a line of this price.
How do they feel in the hand?
The surface is hard and relatively shiny so they feel fairly slick in the hand. They're fairly supple but there's a little coiling after they're first removed from the reel. The core is braided and there's virtually no stretch, just enough to let you pull out any stored memory prior to use. The overall feel is comparable to Rio or Barrio lines.
What are they like to use?
I'm using the Loop Evotec 100 #8 floating line on my Loop Evotec #8 rod which, unsurprisingly, is a good match. The road loads nicely and you can carry a reasonable quantity of line. It casts smoothly and throws a nice loop when used with a haul.
Like the Loop Evotec 140 fly line, there's a bit more memory in these lines than I'd like, especially during cold weather. It does need a gentle stretch prior to use but after this will lie fairly straight. It's not perfect though.
It floats well, is clearly visible on the surface, and the low stretch core means bite detection is excellent. It performs very well for the money.
How much do they cost?
Fly lines seem to be going up in cost quite a bit at the moment. The Loop Evotec fly lines retail for around £60, which is mid-priced as fly lines go, and these sit in the middle of Loop's fly line range. However, they look like they're at the end of their life, as Loop is currently selling them off for half price. For £30, they're great value for money.