Catching a “Grand Slam” has to be one of the most perfect way of ending a day out on the skiff or flats… A milestone which most fly fishermen want to achieve in their fishing career. Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook or the four target species, a Gland Slam consists of three of the four to be landed, or the more difficult, Super Slam, when the angler lands all four species! These angling milestones are unforgettable in the life of an angler.
Check out Mikael Frödin (video above), Guideline tackle tester when he manages to land this amazing Grand Slam using a range of Airflo Ridge Fly Lines along with the Guideline RS Haze fly rod!
The revolutionary SuperDri fly line range from Airflo! Full stock of these fly lines will soon be on the shelves here at Fishtec and at your local fishing tackle store. We’re looking for them all to be ready by the middle of next week, 17/04/13!
The Airflo Super Dry fly line has been developed over a long period of time, taking into consideration all aspects of floating line fishing and developing something that will perform to the highest level possible, without compromise. Designed specifically for the floating line angler, the Super Dri lines feature some super impressive traits.
Super-DRI Features & Benefits
- Ultimate high floating PVC Free material – Floats 12-15% higher than any other floating line.
- Repels water better than any other material.
- Repels dirt and surface scum with a vengeance.
- Slides through the guides better, adding distance to every cast with ease.
- Floating material Permanently part of the line, not a coating that leaches out – migration is only good for birds!
- Easily lifts off the waters surface, less disturbance adding stealth to every fishing situation.
- Easy mending capabilities due to higher floating, adding length to drag free drifts.
- Looped at both ends for easy leader changes.
- Ridged for greater shoot ability and less tangles.
- Power Core for ultra low stretch, extreme feel, and solid hook set.
Zone Technology is another new feature of the SuperDri range. This new technology gives us the opportunity to use different material configurations in every part of he fly line, imagine a line that has a super high floating tip zone, a supple belly zone that throws loops that are exceptionally tight and features a strategically places ’hauling zone’ that incorporates harder material with less compression making double hauling effortless and extreme durability in high wear areas. This new line technology minimizes friction during the cast, helping with distance and extending the life of your floating line. You will notice the difference from your very first cast.
Float ability of a fly line is key. If it sinks at the tip or throughout any part of the line, it’s not doing what it should. Below we’ve pictured an 8# SuperDri Mend with a conventional 7# PVC fly line and the ‘ride height’ is very noticeable. SuperDri lines float high on the waters surface rather than in it, sitting 10-15% higher than any other floating fly line.
Airflo SuperDri Elite
The Super Dry Elite has been designed for the average caster, with Airflo’s ‘go to’ trout taper. This line will be ideal for fishing buzzers, nymphs or dries on large reservoirs, still-waters or for the small lake angler. The standard head length and modest front taper allow casters to present the fly well at distance or in tight spots when pin point accuracy is needed. This line does it all, and available in both weight forward (WF) or double taper (DT) make ups, you’ll find something to suit you!
Airflo SuperDri Xceed
The SuperDri Xceed has been designed to load today’s faster action fly rods. This slightly heavier weight forward head has a condensed taper optimized for casting into the wind and generating higher line speeds. This is the best floating line whether your fishing dries or subsurface. Available in weight forward (WF) configurations from 3 to 9 weights.
Airflo SuperDri Mend
Designed to make nymphing and chucking big bugs easy, the Airflo Mend SuperDri is the ultimate nymphing fly line for both rivers and lakes. This line has a thicker tip diameter which helps turn over indicators or bungs, coupled to an extended head for enhanced mending control when fishing that crease across the other side of the river.
Airflo SuperDri Lake Pro
Airflo’s Super-Dri Lake Pro has been specifically designed for the Stillwater use, this line utilizes the popular DELTA taper profile for easy distance even when casting multiple flies. This is the ideal fly line for lough style fishing with multiple methods.
Airflo SuperDri Distance Pro
The Super-Dri Distance Pro has been designed for ultimate distance whether your fishing from the bank or boat. Featuring our longest belly on any single hand fly line, the Distance Pro is a firm Pro-Staff Favorite.
Behind the scenes at Airflo with ‘The Airflo Story’!
Most standard fly lines may look or feel the same, and you may think they are made in the same way, but here at Airflo we like to spice things up! Richard Wothers, Production manager at Airflo, shows you the development and production of Airflo Fly Lines. This video describes to you, the angler, the thought process behind designing our fly lines along with an on the water and in the factory tour explaining Airflo’s patented materials and manufacturing process.
Airflo have always been at the forefront of fly line technology and design, being able to producing some of the best tapers and most technically advanced fly lines on the market. With the opportunity to test and use some of the absolute best materials available, we’ve been able to create some brilliant fly fishing lines that will suit any fly fishing scenario around the world.
Airflo have always been at the forefront of fly line technology and design being able to producing some of the best tapers and most technically advanced fly lines on the market. With the opportunity to test and use some of the absolute best materials available, Airflo have developed a new series of fly lines which will not disappoint. Despite the reputation they may have gained of old, the new floating line range ‘Super-Dri‘ has turned a new leaf, something nobody should look past when in the market for a new floating line.
The new Super-Dri fly lines have been developed with Airflo’s patented polymer, a new chemist formulated material which repels water, dirt and surface scum better than any other material in the history of fly lines. The Super-Dri line all but eliminates friction, adding distance to your cast, something all anglers long for whatever their ability. At the same time the new material optimizes line floatation – The floating properties are a permanent part of the fly line, not like others where the floatant is added to the surface of the line, a coating which is prone to leaching out forcing you to treat your line. The Super-Dri family floats high on the surface rather than in it, it sits 10 – 15 percent higher than any other fly line, allowing the line to be peeled effortlessly from the surface with minimum drag whatsoever, making it the perfect partner for long casters who need to set the hook at range, or lifting off to re-cast at rising fish. The ultimate dry fly line?
The Super-Dri family of lines feature ‘Zone Technology‘, a new fly line concept that uses a low compression compound in areas of the line that is exposed to the most stress. A section of harder polymer at the back of the head and into the running line, the hauling zone. This harder polymer section is configured to increase shootability by producing less friction in the rod rings. *Where a fly line is hauled through the guides the contact it receives from the eyes and the hinging effect caused by the cast, the fly line coating heats up, which leaders to it sticking to the guides. This hardened section eliminates this and allows the line to glide through the rod rings making longer casts.
- Ultimate high floating PVC-free material
- Repels water better than any other material
- Repels dirt and surface scum
- Glides through the rod Guides, effortlessly casting extreme distances
- No ‘added’ secondary floating coating – It’s all built into the plastic meaning water repellence is permanent.
- Easily lifts of the water, less surface disturbance adding stealth and efficiency
- Easily mendable due to it floating higher adding length to drag free drifts
- Lines are ridged and feature Airflo’s superior power-core
- ** ALL SUPER-DRI LINES WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING OF APRIL**
The Super-Dri range consists of five unique tapers which are specifically designed to aid anglers in every fishing situation possible, from everything between throwing tight loops under overhanging trees or launching a long cast into the horizon. The Super-Dri Xceed (pictured above) has been designed to generate high line speeds that get the most out of the fast action rods of today. The Xceed fly line has a slightly heavier weight forward head with a condensed taper, ideal for casting your flies into a head win. Available in WF tapers from 3 through to 9 weights.
The Elite features our go to trout taper, the extremely popular impact taper. A modest front taper and standard head length, this line will do it all, great for all aspects of trout fishing, boat or bank, river, lake or small water. Available in three ideal colours, Lichen Green in WF 2-7, Sunrise Yellow in WF 3-7 and Lichen Green/Sunrise Yellow in a DT 3-6.
The Lake Pro Super-Dri flyline features the DELTA taper which utilises this formation for easy distance casts with multiple flies, something a lake angler often needs. The longer rear taper allows anglers to get better turnover at distance. The Lake Pro is available in sizes 5-8 in WF taper only, pale mint coloured.
Airflo’s Mend flyline has been designed to make nymphing and chucking big bugs across the stream easier than ever before. Featuring a thicket tip diameter, to help turn over less aerodynamic flies or indicators, coupled with an extended head which helps for mending and keeping control of your flies at longer distances. The Mend is Coral coloured available in WF 4-8.
For the extreme casters the Super-Dri Distance Pro is our longest belly single hand fly line, designed for ultimate distance casts and mending control. An Airflo Pro Staff Favourite. If you’re confused and need help choosing a fly line or taper that would suit you, take a look at our buying guides to learn more about our fly line tapers and construction.
Back in the summer Robbie Winram reviewed the new series of Airflo Mini Tips fly lines, I said that there was one more to come to complete the range and here it is – the 12-foot slow intermediate.
With seven different mini tips already available from Airflo, does this model offer anything different? Well for a start it has a 12-foot slow glass tip which is fused seamlessly to the main floating line and it sinks at half an inch per second. This coupled with the impact taper which has a relatively short front and long rear taper make for a great casting line at close, medium and long range.
The six-foot slow mini tip version is already a favourite of mine for the washing-line method but the 12-foot is great for anti-wake fishing in flat, calm conditions. The sink rate is so slow it gives the impression you are fishing sub-surface, however it is sinking all the time. But once under the water there is no disturbance at all, great for really spooky fish. Use it with a degreased co-polymer leader and you can slow it even more, keeping your flies in the taking zone for as long as possible.
Another technique it excels at is dibbling wets or damp dries through the surface when fishing loch-style drifting. No matter how wild the waves become the slow glass tip will track back perfectly towards the boar just anchored beneath the surface. So often a floater is pushed and blown all over the place, but not this line, its perfect for the job. What’s more the takes are a lot more positive as the line is anchored in the surface and the low stretch core take care of the rest.
Traditional loch-style short-lining in a good wave when the fish are up in the water is a whole lot of fun with this airflo fly line and whenever these conditions present themselves I know what I’ll be reaching for.
The fly line has an opaque olive tip and a sky blue running section and is available in WF6F, WF7F and WF8F.
Reviewed in Trout Fisherman Magazine Issue 440
Fly fishing is a peaceful pastime, and inspires many idyllic images.
The rush of the river flow, the whirring fly reel and the subtle splash of a water’s surface broken. These serene fly fishing sounds are enhanced by the natural magnificence of the surrounding scenery.
But with a flick of the wrist, fly lines etch lightning flashes across these tranquil snapshots.
If you’re anything like me you love sitting at home trawling the web looking for new and exciting fishing footage. My usual haunts are YouTube and Viemo, both of these sites host years upon years of fishing porn, honest, watching a stranger catch a trophy fish is like porn for us anglers, don’t deny it.
MY favourite fly fishing videos usually consist of someone sticking a hook into a Bonefish or a Tarpon, the run of the Bonefish and the acrobatic performance of a Tarpon sends shivers down my spine. I also enjoy some fly tying videos, it’s amazing what you can learn from talented fly tiers even when you’ve been tying for a decade yourself.
Last Friday Gareth Jones and I ventured with our American friends Tim and Todd to Blagdon Water, Bristol. Tim Rajeff is the US Airflo main dealer and also owner of Rajeff sport. Todd Moen is the Video Editor and Producer of Catch Magazine, known as The Official Journal of Fly Fishing Photography and Film, to view some of his videos check out his super cool site here - www.toddmoencreative.com.
Here’s a taster…
Blagdon was the first stocked rainbow trout water in the United Kingdom and is also the scene of the new Airflo product videos. Gareth explains the reasoning behind the technology and goes into depth on the features that go into the new range of Sixth Sense and Forty Plus Fly lines. Filming these fly lines in their intended environment gives the viewer a better understanding on how and when to use these lines.
The day was capped off by Gareth landing this perfectly finned 5lb+ rainbow trout on a white minky fished on the Airflo Sixth Sense Fast Glass. What’s more exciting than hooking into a perfect Blagdon rainbow whilst on camera? Blagdon is probably one of the most prolific trout waters in the United Kingdom, anglers from far and wide come to fish Blagdon for some of these beautiful fish. The UK is also the birthplace of fly fishing, Blagdon was the first stocked rainbow trout water.
Whizz Lube has been developed to bring a tired and worn fly line back to life. A simple and easy to use flip cap lid allows the fly line to be pulled or wound through the foam, cleaning and treating the fly line along the way. Works well on all floating lines and will certainly bring the tip of your fly line back to the surface. Works exceptionally well with Airflo Ridge Technology.
How to use Airflo Whizz Lube?
Squeeze a small amount of lube from the tube onto the foam pad found under the lid.
Place the problem part of your fly line or the back end of the line between the foam and through the integrated slots.
Close the lid and wind or pull the line through the lube and pad, this should clean the line lifting and removing dirt from cracks whilst coating the line with a smooth, fater repellent coating.
You’re floating line should be as good as new, with the tip, belly or running line floating like it should. Whizz lube also adds slickness to the line making casting easier and achieving further distances
Airflo have teamed up with Trout Fisherman to offer this brilliant subscription offer!
For just £38.50 take advantage of the Trout Fisherman subsription offer and receive the new 6ft intermediate Airflo Supple impact mini tips fly line, worth £39.99!
Our Ridge Impact mini tip fly line features the following
- NEW 6ft Intermediate Tip Design
- Self-lubricating ridged design
- Super smooth welded loops
- Low stretcfh braided core
- Choose from WF6, WF7 or WF8
Our development team at Airflo are always looking for ways to enhance our products, even if it’s the slightest tweak here and there to get 100% performance on the bank.
With the growing success of the Airflo Supple impact mini tip, (a standard 3foot fast intermediate tip) we’ve decided to expand on the current mini tip range and create sink tip lines which will give anglers an edge when fishing close to the surface, nymphs and buzzers or the washing line technique, a method which has grown considerably on the competition scene. These fly lines have been designed specifically with these methods in mind and will enhance the way you fish, keeping your flies at the optimum depth throughout the whole of the retrieve.
What we’ve done is created a range of mini tips with different lengths and sinking densities on the favourite Ridge Supple Impact taper – A relatively short front taper and a long rear taper loads easily and work well in a wide range of applications. The mini tips have been designed specifically for the Stillwater angler, these lines will also be extremely useful for steamer fishing in both coastal and running waters.
6′ Slow Tip
Developed with the deadly washing line technique in mind, this line keeps you in direct contact even with the slowest of retrieves, without sinking the flies too deep and ultimately eliminates the hinge you experience on the 3’ fast intermediate tip (this hinge is great for deep nymphing, but not perfect for surface fishing).
A Fluorescent yellow mainline lets you track how much like you have left on the surface in the harshest light conditions, the 6 foot translucent olive slow intermediatetip provides stealth and great positioning.
6′ Fast Tip
The perfect line when you need to bed your flies beneath the surface on extremely windy days. We’ve all been in the situation when you feel your current mini tip isn’t bedding in, or keeping your flies in the zone long enough. This 6foot translucent green fast intermediate tip section followed by a pale olive belly is ideal for wake avoidance with streamers and exceptional for deep nymphing.
The long, level tip section doesn’t ‘drag’ the floating belly down, improving depth control and enhancing the presentation of your flies.
12ft Fast Tip
The perfect line for getting deep and holding depth, giving you control over your flies level on the brightest of days when fish refuse to come up in the water column. A bright green floating running line and translucent olive fast intermediate tip allows easy identification in the tackle bag.
All lines are available in either 6#, 7# or 8 weights and are 35 yards long. Ideal for long or short casters who want to keep their flies ‘in the zone’!
Available through Fishtec here: Airflo Ridge Supple Mini Tips
Buy two for just £69.99!