Posts Tagged ‘fly lines’
There’s plenty of article on ‘how to catch more fish’ and ‘top 5 fishing tips’ out there on the internet, but what about the simple tips to look after your fly line? These three great tips will give you an extra advantage when out on the bank.
What weight is my fly line?
First of all, let’s look at how we can determine what weight fly line you have on your fly fishing reel. We’ve all been there, wondering “Is it a 6 weight? It looks like a 7…”, this quick and simple tip allows you to easily identify what weight lines are on your reels. All you need is a waterproof pen.
Welded loops on fly lines
If you’re anything like us you hate the plastic sleeve which comes in a packet of braided loops. It’s big, clunky and get’s stuck in the rod guides. What you’ll find with this sleeve is your fly line can crack due to hinging which in time, forces you to replace the whole loop. The below method of welding loops, or lines which have factory manufactured loops pro-long the life of your fly line.
Whipping on a braided loop
If you don’t have the facilities to weld your own loops, try whipping an Airflo braided loop to your line. By using thread you can create an almost seamless joint to your fly line. The smooth joint lets your fly line be retrieved with no bumping or clunking through the guides and stops hinging and cracking near the tip of the line. As Hywel says, it’s the best way for fitting a loop to sinking lines, and it’s is also a great way of marking fly lines at specific lengths to fish the ‘hang’ more effectively!
The Super-Dri Lake Pro has been designed for the serious lake angler, utilising Airflo’s standard DELTA taper, the line casts effortlessly, turns over extremely well and shoots to the distance will little effort. The most serious casters will benefit immensely for the taper design of this line, a medium to long front taper lets for great stability through the cast, keeping your line speed high with extremely tight loops. The Super-dri Lake pro also lends itself to the lesser casts, giving the novice angler a great, easy casting line, a great addition to our fly fishing tackle.
Complete with Airflo’s patented ridge design and legendary PU coatings, you can expect these Airflo Super-Dri range to last longer than any other line you have and to perform as well as any fly line you will cast.
What are the key benefits of Super-Dri?
- High riding – Superb float-ability.v
- Zone Technology – Low compression hauling zone
- Ultra supple coating for improved handling
- Micro loops both ends
Learn more about the Super-dri Lake Pro fly line here
With many Super-Dri fly lines back in stock, anglers all around the country are spooling up their fly fishing reels and trying out these new floating lines. Lindsay Cargill has put both the Xceed and the Elite through their paces. See here for Lindsay’s previous Xceed fly line review.
Lindsay recently purchased a WF5 Super-Dri Elite from the range, here’s what he has to say about our go to trout line.
Out of the box I loved the colour of this line, a pale Olive – easy to see on the water but still had that element of stealth. The ‘hauling zone’ is a yellow colour with the running line back to Olive, all very visible and I find it useful for knowing where the head is in relation to the rod tip as well as for judging distance. Like the Xceed, thin welded loops provide practicality without bulk. The line has no noticeable memory that I can detect.
Unusually for me my first outing with this line saw me fishing upstream nymphs instead of my usual dry fly due to unfavourable conditions. The line cast beautifully on my Helios 2 905 Tip Flex and the weighted nymphs turned over with ease. The high floatability of the line at the tip meant I could see takes and lift straight in to fish lying in 3 to 4 feet of water. However, fishing a single dry fly, my preferred method, this line is the best line I have used, enabling me to get consistently tight loops and good line control in the air and mending on the water. You can lay back, push it and it responds. I absolutely love it.
This will be my ‘go to’ line in 2014 and I can envisage me fishing with it 90% of the time in either a #4 and #5 depending on conditions. At the introductory price I paid it was cheaper than some so called budget ‘good value’ lines which in my experience don’t even come close to matching the Airflo Elite in either quality or features, not to mention floatability. Don’t believe the hype ? That’s your choice, but also your loss!
Airflo’s ability to create a fly line that floats higher, shoots better and lasts longer than any other on the market has deemed the Super-Dri range one of the best money can buy. Using a Super-Teflon material, these lines almost repel water and sit 10% higher than other floating line.
The Airflo Super-Dri Elite fly line is our ‘go-to’ trout taper. The ideal line for anglers at any level looking for their next floating line. The Elite boasts a modest overall belly length of 40 feet with both short front and rear tapers, this line basically does it all from delicate presentation with micro dries through to nymph fishing at range. Also available in a technical double taper where the line can be reversed for varying tapers.
Click here to view the Ridge Super-Dri Elite on the Fishtec Website
With new fly line technology here at Airflo, we are able to create fly fishing lines like no other in history. With ‘Zone Technology’ we has hardened certain sections of our Super-Dri range to give better shootability to maximize distance with minimal effort.
The Super-Dri Mend from Airflo utilises these advancements perfectly, allowing us to create a fly line which mends beautifully, even in the most turbulent currents, and turn over large indicators or dry flies with ease as you so often need to do whilst river fishing. The Airflo Super-Dri Mend makes the ultimate nymph fishing line for both rivers and lakes. With a short tip taper – 0.5ft – and a head length of just 36 feet, it’s design allows large flies to be turned over with excellence.
Click here to view the Ridge Super-Dri Mend on the Fishtec Website
The Super-Dri range from Airflo is set to be the best selling Airflo floating line. Specifically designed for the serious floating line fisherman, this range of Airflo fly lines has outperformed many of the competitors already.
A great bank fishing line for UK anglers, the Super-Dri Distance Pro fly line is the only floating line you will need to power some tight loops towards the horizon. The extremely long head and belly – 57 feet – is not ideally suited to the beginner. But those who can handle such a head length will create some monster casts with perfect turnover, even with a team of two or three flies!
Click here to view the Ridge Super-Dri Distance Pro on the Fishtec Website
You’ve all heard the hype about the Airflo Super-Dri range, but how good are the lines that are within the range? Why should you choose one over the other? This week we’ll be giving the lowdown on each of the lines throughout the Super-Dri Range with in-depth videos from our US correspondent, Tim Rajeff and Sales Director, Gareth Jones!
Developed specifically for the serious floating line anglers, the Super-Dri range glides through the rod rings and repels water, dirt and scum better than any other line in the history of fly lines.
The Xceed has been designed to load the fast action rods of today. Offering a heavier, condensed front end taper the Xceed optimizes it’s profile to generate a high line speed, perfect for fishing accurately at close range or belting a line into a strong headwind. Featuring Airflos new ‘zone technology’ the Xceed has a low compression section to ensure you get the maximum distance from your cast when hauling. This hardened zone ensures the line doesn’t stick or compress against the line guides.
Click here to view the Ridge Super-Dri Xceed on the Fishtec Website
As many of you will know Airflo have been at the forefront of fly line technology for a very long time. Introducing non-stretch Power-Cores, the use of PU rather than PVC materials and more recently, extreme floatability with the Super-Dri range!
Between 1998 and 2008 F1™ tyres were completely re-designed with maximizing safety of drivers at the forefront of the operation. The designers cut grooves into each tyre to reduce the amount of rubber in contact with the track, reducing grip levels forcing drivers to go more slowly around corners. A a result, this meant slower lap times but less fatalities.
Our fly line designer Richard Wothers saw an opportunity to use the same concept as the F1 teams on our range of Airflo Fly Lines. It was then our Ridge Technology was born. The design principles were the same, a ridged or grooved pattern cut into fly lines turns it from a round-shaped line into a star-shaped one.
In the same way that a grooved F1™ tyre has a smaller contact area with the racetrack, the grooves in the fishing line mean there is less contact with the rod rings, therefore reducing friction and allowing anglers to cast further and with greater accuracy than ever before. The ridges not only reduce friction between the eyes, but also keeps the line lubricated for brilliant shootability.
What do Airflo say about Ridge? “The concept is simplicity itself. Our unique ridged design reduces the line surface area in contact with the rod guides. Consequently friction levels are vastly improved when compared to other lines on the market. Our ridges are also incredibly tough for long term durability”.
It’s for this reason why Airflo fly lines are featured within the Science Museum in London! Has anyone been there and seen the Airflo ridge technology?
London Science Museum : http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
The Czech fly fishing team put in a sterling performance at the World Fly Fishing Championships this year in Norway, taking first Team position with the aid of Airflo fly fishing lines.
Lubos Roza – Current Czech team member said - ”A big part of our success was down to Airflo fly lines. The most important technique was fishing with a long line across the river with small streamer patterns. We used only Airflo clear lines and it helps us very much. Most of the sessions in Norway were about getting just one fish and we are sure that we caught because we didn’t scare the fish. Thank you for your perfect lines and for help to Czech team!!!”
Now when it comes to fishing over the summer months, personally nothing can beat catching a large WBT on a dry fly. However, of late, with the weather being so hot my clubs stretch of the River Wye (and Irfon for that matter) has been running very low meaning the WBT is in short supply!
Every year, the water from the Elan Valley Dam is released into the rivers. This year it was very welcome. Despite the amount of water being released, the river level only rose by a couple of centimeters. The release water did have another effect however, dropping the water temperature by 3 degrees.
Because of the drop in temperature, we have seen a lot of fish moving into the shallower warmer waters of the Irfon – Bigger Chub mainly. Unfortunately, the water is so clear that these fish are very difficult to target with the fly as the fish spook very easily. An afternoon with some luncheon meat may be in order.
This drop in the river temperature, the low water level and the bright sunshine has seen my hunt for WBT hit a bit of a lull – despite all my best efforts!
An afternoon on the Wye with my new Airflo Super-Dri Elite tried to put paid to the lack of Trout. It was very hot but there was also a strong wind running up river. I crossed the Wye to one of my favourite spots, ‘The Island’. By crossing the river I was now able to fish with the wind blowing left to right, much easier given im right handed.
I started off fishing a light brown sedge, a fly that I’ve had luck with recently on the top. With
no luck and given how choppy the water had become I once again opted for my favourite method – the duo.
I tied an Olive CDC on a top dropper with a size 16 PTN with a gold bead on the point. The PTN has caught me a lot of fish lately and is nearly always the fly I start with on the point of a Duo cast.
After a few casts towards some sporadic rises I had no luck. Then, when fishing towards ‘The Steps’ my dry shot under the water. The take was instantly registered given I was using my Super-Dri line, I must be honest and say it’s probably the best floating line I have ever used. There’s always speculation on buying a new fly line, but, i wouldn’t hesitate to get another one of these. Anyways, I was into a fish, a small OOS Grayling quickly returned without any need for much revival.
Next cast I landed another small Grayling. A couple of fish later and I bent into a better fish, in the clear water I could see the fish holding in the current with its gorgeous dorsal fin up making the fish feel even bigger than it was. I eventually netted the fish and took a quick picture before the fish bolted back into the deeper darker water not before soaking me with a very powerful tail flick on the surface.
I fished for 2 hours in to total and caught 8 Grayling. The only WBT I saw was the one that jumped right in front of me, if I held my net out I probably could have caught it!
So recently, the fishing has been good despite the fact im not actually catching the species im targeting. However, im not going to complain too much, I just love catching fish!