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/