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These days, it is the rare individual who does not bring a lasting ambition to cast a long line when he first picks up a fly rod. As a tool designed specifically for this purpose, a weight forward line is generally the first choice of a beginner, and many will never try anything different.
Like anyone else, I appreciate the ease in which a weight forward taper can be applied in situations where a long, straight line cast is the foremost objective. This especially applies to still water fishing where a floating line is not subject to the same factors found on moving water.
With a lifelong fondness for fishing dry flies on the predominantly larger rivers of the Rocky Mountain west, my preference lies in a much different line configuration when compared to the popular weight forward taper.
On moving water, inducing a natural presentation of an artificial is often almost equally dependent upon casting and mending. With maximum control both in the air and on the water as requirements more important than easily attained distance, my choice is a double taper floating line.
Even on big waters, I try to wade within 30 feet of a feeding trout. At this range and anything less, the performance of a weight forward and double taper line are essentially equal. It is beyond this distance that I begin to struggle with line control when fishing a weight forward taper.
Unlike a weight forward, there is no hinge point with a double taper because the weight of the line is distributed throughout its length rather than being concentrated in the first 30 feet. With consistent flex and contact with the rod tip, a double taper permits superior line control while also making it easier to regulate the velocity of fly delivery. And while there are exceptions, shooting slack line into the cast is not something I generally apply when presenting a dry fly. Additionally, I find it difficult if not impossible to make certain casts that rely on controlled line speed or consistent response to the rod tip when fishing a weight forward beyond 30 feet. Curve casting, aerial mending, and a long reach cast are much more easily accomplished with a double taper.
Precise mending techniques are vital to managing the drift once the fly is on the water. With the thinner running line in the guides, it is virtually impossible to reposition the heavier front portion of a weight forward taper as a means of overcoming problematic currents that can disrupt a natural drift by causing the fly to drag.
Refined nymphing methods involving submerged flies in moving water can require precise casting and deft mending techniques that are quite similar to fishing a floating imitation. Whether maintaining a natural drift or inducing controlled action to the fly, it is not unusual to experience some difficulty when fishing beyond 30 feet with a weight forward line. For the same reasons that apply to dry fly fishing, I generally prefer a double taper when presenting a subsurface pattern to a big, nymphing trout in moving water.
In keeping with the example of old time steel-headers prior to the popularity of two handed fly casting, I rely on a double taper floating line for spring and fall streamer fishing for trout when the water is low and often quite cold.
Swimming the fly mostly with the current or on a slow, pulsating swing often involves long, looping mends that may require some serious roll casting to execute correctly. And while a long cast on big water may require significantly more effort, I find 60-70 feet to be a reasonable distance for a 6 or 7 wt. double taper. Again, as in other situations discussed herein, I value line control above ease in gaining distance for low water streamer fishing where presenting the fly means considerably more than simply stripping it quickly through the water.
I have many highly accomplished friends and acquaintances who will stick with a weight forward line for virtually all of their trout fishing, and many will disagree with my comments and personal opinion regarding a double taper. This I accept without argument because fly tackle performance is an entirely individual matter, and I would never try to convince anyone that my way is best.
In general, I believe a double taper to be a specialized line best suited for refined presentation of dry flies on moving water. But failing to understand its versatility is a common oversight by many who might benefit by simply giving it a try.
Fly fishing tackle brand, Airflo, appoint Chris Ogborne as Senior Consultant!
Chris is considered as one of the top fly fishing anglers in the UK, having captained and represented England for over 20 years, gaining a record number of caps for England. Representing his country at International, European and World level,winning almost every award in the sport.
He won the English National twice, was individual European Champion and was a part of England’s multi-gold medal winning squad on three occasions.
Chris currently runs his own pro-guide business in the South West of England where he specialises in the real challenge of wild fish in wild surroundings. His guided trips range from Sea Bass and saltwater fly fishing on the coast and beaches of Cornwall, through to wild Brown Trout and Salmon on remote moorland rivers. As well as this he is also pioneering his famous ‘light line philosophy’ in sea fishing, with a totally new slant on ultra light spin and predator fishing. He teams up with some of the best skippers in Britain to offer the ultimate boat charter days.
BVG Managing Director Rob Williams commented: ‘We are really looking forward to working with Chris on many projects, including product development and filming. He brings with him a wealth of experience and ability and anglers can look forward to hearing tips and advice from him on a regular basis in our DVD and media programmes’
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/