The New Cadno Fishing Lines
Back to the 80s

The type and quality of the fishing line

a new British-made

silk line

Handmade in UK

Hand-tapered and Braided silk fishing lines oil impregnated under vacuum very high quality silk that has been sourced from the best Japan-quality -pure silk thread.


Rose Cottage

tel:+441600 860540


back in time with new silk Lines

The main line-brands available then 1980s were Kingfisher and Hardy Corona, both brands similar to the Cadno silk fishing lines that have recently emerged.

The man behind Cadno - Stuart Tod, has been making cane rods and restoring silk fishing lines for 12 years. It seemed a natural progression to make new silk lines, but the technology had long disappeared and so, as an engineer, he made his own braiding machine.

Lines were produced and it was soon evident a market existed for a homegrown product. In only one year, his new line has been welcomed by anglers wishing to try silk for the first time or renew their acquaintance with a product from many years ago. Half lines are available, as well as a restoring service.

The Cadno Line is handmade to order from finest Japanese silk and available in three colours: natural straw, emerald green and the coffee brown that is very handsome, its braiding pattern, so reminiscent of Kingfisher and Hardy Two options of front taper are available - 9 ft, which is ideal for small dry-flies and the other is 6 ft for larger flies.

Line weights approximate to the AFTMA scale: DT 3-7 and WF 4-7. Lengths: 2 5-30 yards, weight dependent.

Can use mine on small streams with a 7 ft five-weight cane rod, but also test it on my 9 ft six-weight Hardy Zenith for the benefit of those fishing larger waters. The cane is rated for use with a DT but modern rods are rated for WF and you need to appreciate that a WF6 approximates to a DT5.

Casting 30 ft of line the Zenith felt perfectly loaded - this line is beautifully balanced and landed with precision unaffected by the breeze. This ability to slice through wind is a known advantage of silk lines and attributable to their finer diameter and density.

With the cane fishing rod, You Can Cast typical brook distances of 18 ft, which fell gently and 25 ft proved just as delicate - even 30 ft.

The line left no disturbance when lifted off and the same on landing - what more can you ask?

Not as smooth as plastic - there is a slight sound from the rings - but this is not disconcerting. The surface becomes smoother with use. Because silk lines have no in-built buoyancy one needs to apply floatant, perhaps several times a day. A tub of Red Tin Mucilin dressing is provided. The line performed beautifully and is of the highest quality. £120 is much more to pay than for a plastic line but it will last a lifetime, if cared for.