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Gareth Jones, Airflo’s Sales Director gives you an in-depth look into the Airflo Sixth Sense fly line range!
The Airflo Sixth Sense fly lines have been developed for the top still-water anglers in the UK, featuring all the most asked for components that turns a good fly line into a great one. There are four main factors which make the Sixth Sens fly line range the first choice for the competition boys in the UK.
Everything from the floater right through the full Sixth Sense Sinking line range feature our braided powercore, 6% stretch throughout the whole length of the line. Enhancing sensitivity, giving you full control and feel over your flies.
If a fish even breaths on your fly, you’ll know about it!
The SS lines cover the whole range of sinking densities with everything from floating, slow and fast intermediate lines and three heavy sinking lines, all of which sink exactly the same speed which aren’t overlapping. As Gareth says in the video “If you’re using a type 5 sinker and your friends on a type 5, you’re lines are sinking to the same depths”
Built in hang markers have also helped put more fish in the net. Allowing you to pause your flies and accurately judge the amount of line left outside the tip ring. The hang markers are part of the fly line, ensuring they’ll never break off and are no thicker than the rest of the line creating a smooth transition between the hang markers. Situated at three points in the fly line a long marker at 30 feet, 2 smaller markers at 20 feet and 1 at 10ft covering a lot of depths accurately when fishing the hang.
All our lines are made from our patented polyurethane material which is extremely durable ensuring your fly line will last years, resistant to UV, sun screen, deet giving you peace of mind that each line won’t break down.
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.
I have never understood why many put there rods away come October or November. I took a trip to Grafham late November and caught the record 8 fish bag weight for 2012, 33lb 14oz.
The fly fishing was outstanding at the best fish was a 6lb 4oz Rainbow which I caught on my third cast on a new 2013 buzzer pattern. I was fishing a floating line with a buzzer, 2 cut throat crunchers or a sz 8 Killer Shrimp with a Candy Split Blob on the point. This is the same set up I used to win the Grafham Trophy for Team England September last year.
The fishing gear I used was my trusted i#8 Enigma fly rod, coupled with a #8 line and 8lb G3 fluorocarbon. It is imperative that you use fluorocarbon this time of year as the water is often crystal clear.
Fish like it slow this time of year and that day was no exception. They literally wanted it static! I was guiding for the day and my pal Paul Norris soon clocked on to this fact. We would cast it out and simply leave it alone for 20 seconds or so. We would then do 2 or 3 quick ‘flicks’ of the line like a fig of 8 and count to 20 or so again. It was a calm day and we were fishing relatively short lines as often fishing in 3-6 foot of water close to the sailing club shoreline between the yachts and The Seat. More often than not we would see our fly lines start to move before we saw anything at out finger tips. This is key if you want to catch more fish!
Although I stuck with the Blob and Nymph method, my partner tried a Minkie and caught a cracking Rainbow of 4lb 9oz, a personal best and first fish from Grafham after several visits with no joy. He landed 5 for 16lb and had plenty of other action on what has to be the 2nd best days fishing on Grafham I can remember. The best being 2 years back on Buzzers on the West Bank when it was almost a 3lb+ fish every other cast and there’s no better way to catch them than nymphing on a floater.
Dust down them resting fly rods and go fishing. Winter fishing is often superb, if like me, monitor the weather and choose good conditions. Next trip Farmoor 1 Reservoir where the sz 10 size limit of fly has been lifted and the Booby ban has also gone. See how I get on here first!
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.
A full list of results from the Anglian Water Airflo International which was held at Rutland water, 2nd and 3rd October.
In it’s 31st years of running this competition has been held at many of the top fishing waters around the UK and has been sponsored by some of the largest fishing companies in the UK. Sponsored by fly fishing tackle supplier, Fishtec, the prizes are always top quality and offer all anglers a great incentive to fish the qualifiers to hopefully compete at this prestigious final time and time again.
With a strong westerly wind Rutland water changed it’s face from the previous few days practice. With a wind forecast to get up to 15mph and gust almost double that things weren’t looking great.
Team practise sessions all seemed to throw up the same areas, methods and flies as most other teams, with the most prolific area being the Dam wall. As the boats headed out of the jetty the total tally of boats heading to the main basin was 40, a further 17 to the North arm and just 4 to the South Arm. It seemed obvious where the most recent stocked fish had ended up!
As the armada of boats dashed to the closest point of the Dam wall the odd few broke off and started their drifts a long way from the bank in open water, what we found in practice day was that with the big wind we’ve had over the last week or so the majority of the food had been washed close to the wall, just out of bounds for boat users. So the closer you can start to the wall the more chance, we thought, you’d have of catching.
The first drift was manic, rods bent all over the place from Fantasy to the far side of the wall at Sykes Lane. As the boats grew closer the wall the fishing hotted up with some anglers taking 3/4 fish in the first drift. This is usually short lived even with less boat pressure and it wasn’t any different now. The initial hit of 40 boats, 80 anglers and with most people using a three fly cast, that’s over 200 flies going through an area at any one point, the fish soon feel the angling pressure and push off or go down.
This was the same all over the lake, speaking to some of the anglers who came off the water early with their bags they mentioned the fishing died after the first drift. Then it was a scratch to finish off the bag limits.
Kieron Jenkins of the Nymphomaniacs took his 8 fish limit in an impressive 2 hours 15 minutes, him and his partner signing his card at just 12:15. It wasn’t long after that the next bag ups were recorded. Rob Edmunds of Team ACA finished just after 13:00 and Steve Winstone 13:08 with a fish of over 5lb in his bag winning the day with over 20lb of fish.
Day One Result:
1. Hanningfield 39 fish for 92lb 111/2oz
2. Team Airflo 32 fish for 81lb 61/8oz
3. Thallassa AC 31 fish for 76lb 9oz
4. OFTA (Kirkwall) 30 fish for 75lb 67/8oz
5. Rio Masters 32 fish for 73lb 101/2oz
6. Flextec Emerald Islanders 35 fish for 73lb 91/4oz
7. Nymph-A-Maniacs 32 fish for 73lb 15/8oz
8. Margam Fly Fishers 29 fish for 66lb 1/4oz
9. Elinor 28 fish for 65lb 111/2oz
10. Blagdon FF Bristol Water 29 fish for 62lb 15oz
11. Change Fly Fishers ‘B’ 28 fish for 62lb 57/8oz
12. Welsh Crunchers 23 fish for 61lb 91/4oz
13. Bristol Reservoirs FFA 28 fish for 60lb 115/8oz
14. Weardale FF 26 fish for 59lb 5oz
15. Change Fly Fishers ‘A’ 24 fish for 54lb 21/2oz
16. Peninsula Pirates 22 fish for 47lb 11/4oz
17. Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ 19 fish for 42lb 141/8oz
18. Iain Barr FF 15 fish for 39lb 77/8oz
19. G.Loomis Team Belgium 17 fish for 36lb 41/4oz
20. Shetland AA 17 fish for 36lb 13/4oz
21. Leslie & Glenrothes AC 16 fish for 35lb 143/4oz
22. Froggies FF 14 fish for 34lb 9oz
23. Neilston FF 13 fish for 30lb 85/8oz
24. Stocks Falcons 13 fish for 25lb 111/8oz
Best Rainbow: Richard Cooper, Iain Barr FF 5lb 71/2oz
Best Brown: Tony Donnelly, Bristol Reservoirs FFA 3lb 43/4oz
Best Bag: Steve Winstone, Team Airflo 25lb 63/4oz
Day two started much the same as day one. The boat split was almost identical but with a few more boats heading to the south arm. The anglers, testing their leaders and knot strength headed towards the Dam in anticipation for another fish frenzy in almost the same conditions as the day before. The fishing, not so. Out of 40 boats which headed back to the main basin I don’t think 10 fish were netted within the first two hours which was strange after the performance of the day before.
After the first two hours was up the boats slowly started to dwindle away and move to the top of the ever increasing wind, leaving just a few boats on the dam wall. Most anglers headed up the South arm and few across to Belgrano and Barns-dale steep bank.
The winning bag of the day come from Nymphomaniac, Allen Hughes who managed to bag his 8 fish in tough conditions by 13:00. Only a handful of anglers managed to bag up the second day with many fish being caught right at the death, increasing anglers catches and making the results of the competition tighter than ever.
As the weigh in commenced there was talk of who’s ‘up there’ in the results. The rumours were that ACA and Nymphomaniacs were fighting for first position with some of the top teams from day one dropping down the rankings with just a few fish to the team on day two.
Day Two Result:
1. Nymph-A-Maniacs 23 fish for 59lb 33/4oz
2. Iain Barr FF 25 fish for 58lb 33/4oz
3. Rio Masters 23 fish for 50lb 4oz
4. Elinor 20 fish for 46lb 73/8oz
5. G.Loomis Team Belgium 18 fish for 45lb 5oz
6. Team Airflo 17 fish for 39lb 31/2oz
7. Welsh Crunchers 17 fish for 35lb 101/8oz
8. Bristol Reservoirs FFA 15 fish for 35lb 33/8oz
9. Margam Fly Fishers 15 fish for 31lb 153/4oz
10. Change Fly Fishers ‘A’ 14 fish for 31lb 11oz
11. Shetland AA 13 fish for 30lb 83/8oz
12. Peninsula Pirates 12 fish for 30lb 7/8oz
13. Thallassa AC 13 fish for 28lb 153/4oz
14. Neilston FF 12 fish for 26lb 11/2oz
15. Leslie & Glenrothes AC 11 fish for 25lb 135/8oz
16. Froggies FF 12 fish for 25lb 75/8oz
17. Change Fly Fishers ‘B’ 11 fish for 23lb 21/8oz
18. Hanningfield 9 fish for 19lb 11oz
19. Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ 8 fish for 19lb 73/4oz
20. Blagdon FF Bristol Water 8 fish for 18lb 43/4oz
21. OFTA (Kirkwall) 7 fish for 16lb 67/8oz
22. Stocks Falcons 7 fish for 15lb 65/8oz
23. Weardale FF 6 fish for 13lb 14oz
24. Flextec Emerald Islanders 4 fish for 9lb 11/8oz
Best Rainbow: Tony Perin, G.Loomis Team Belgium 5lb 33/4oz
Best Brown: Brian McKenzie, Neilston FF 3lb 45/8oz
Best Bag: Allen Hughes, Nymph-A-Maniacs 22lb 143/4oz
As the results emerged after great food and hospitality by the Greetham Valley golf club it came to light that the Nymphomaniacs had beaten ACA by exactly 9lbs in weight. The bag up on day two by Allen Hughes brought the Nymph’s up the table also with some good luck better fish were landed on day two by the whole team, all of which make a huge difference when the final positions come close. Well done Nymphos!!
1. Nymph-A-Maniacs 55 fish for 132lb 53/8oz
2. Rio Masters 55 fish for 123lb 141/2oz
3. Team Airflo 49 fish for 120lb 95/8oz
4. Hanningfield 48 fish for 112lb 61/2oz
5. Elinor 48 fish for 112lb 27/8oz
6. Thallassa AC 44 fish for 105lb 83/4oz
7. Margam Fly Fishers 44 fish for 98lb 0oz
8. Iain Barr FF 40 fish for 97lb 115/8oz
9. Welsh Crunchers 40 fish for 97lb 33/8oz
10. Bristol Reservoirs FFA 43 fish for 93lb 15oz
11. OFTA (Kirkwall) 37 fish for 91lb 133/4oz
12. Change Fly Fishers ‘B’ 39 fish for 86lb 21/8oz
13. Change Fly Fishers ‘A’ 38 fish for 85lb 131/2oz
14. Flextec Emerald Islanders 39 fish for 82lb 103/8oz
15. G.Loomis Team Belgium 35 fish for 81lb 91/4oz
16. Blagdon FF Bristol Water 37 fish for 81lb 33/4oz
17. Peninsula Pirates 34 fish for 77lb 21/8oz
18. Weardale FF 32 fish for 73lb 3oz
19. Shetland AA 30 fish for 66lb 101/8oz
20. Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ 27 fish for 62lb 57/8oz
21. Leslie & Glenrothes AC 27 fish for 61lb 23/8oz
22. Froggies FF 26 fish for 60lb 9oz
23. Neilston FF 25 fish for 56lb 101/8oz
24. Stocks Falcons 20 fish for 41lb 13/4oz
Top Bag: Allen Hughes, Nymph-A-Maniacs 14 fish for 36lb 151/4oz
Number of Anglers: 144
Number of Fish Caught: 912
Rod Average: 3.17
Total Weight of Fish: 2102lb 3/8oz
Average Weight of Fish: 2lb 5oz
Average Bag Weight: 7lb 5oz
The method over the two days seemed to be pulling blobs and boobies on heavy sinking lines. All of the top three teams took the majority of their fish using Airflo 40+ fly lines, in di5 and di7 sinking densities. The wind caused many problems with casting so a line such as the 40+, which easily loads the rod on the back cast, was the ideal tool for the job. Orange, Tequila and Black blobs and boobies seemed to pull most of the fish with very little seeming to come out on nymphs.
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
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!
There has been fierce competition between the makes of multi-tip fly lines in the past few years with endless permutations of tips and tapers (Spey, Shooting-head and Skagit) offered. The new Ultra Spey shooting head kit has taken things a bit further.
It’s a partnership between well-known speycasting instructor Eoin Fairgrieve and Airflo. Eoin says this multi-tip line matches “the broadest range of casting abilities: novice to expert, those that prefer a short shooting-head stroke or those with a traditional long spey stroke.”
The price, £99.99, is good! For which you get much: a light blue running line; two bellies (white floating and white floating/blue inter); and five tips (Grey floating, clear intermediate, brown sinking 3ips, black sinking 6ips and black sinking 8ips). So the idea is that with one kit you can fish any water hight and temperature.
The floating belly and floating tip are naturally made for each other: classic summer conditions and a good height of water. The intermadiate tip will also work off the floating belly. But the sinking tips are really made to work with the floater/intermdiate belly. But the sinking tips are really made to work with the floater/intermediate belly, which will sink a little with the tips, slowing down the swing of the fly and giving you greater control in cold conditions.
In the 9/10wt kit, the floating tip is 15ft long. The 8ips tip is 12 ft and the tips between are 14ft: ie, the faster the sink rate, the shorter the tip. Again, this gives you more control (8/9wt and 10/11wt tips shorten appropriately, too)
Eoin tells us that the running line has a stiffer core, to help prevent tangles in the forward delivery, and it is ridged for slickness.
The 9/10 floating tip-and-belly combined length is 13m (40ft) and weighs 42g, which is very manageable. It’s easy to load the rod.
all the lines have welded loops at both ends. The densities of the bellies are printed near the loop for easy identification when changing or storing.
More details here :
Post from Trout & Salmon magazine - June issue