Airflo Sixth Sense Fly Line – Washing Line

I have been using one of Airflo’s relatively new fly lines, the sixth sense washing line for the last few months, It’s helped me to catching many wary fish and thought this line should get the praise it deserves. 

I had  been searching high and low for a line that not only places my flies in the feeding zone for a long time, but also fished the flies in a way which the fish at my local haunt may not be so wary of. With the ever increasing popularity of catch and release in our sport it doesn’t take long for our quarry to become very wary of not only lines but also the items put before them and how they move through the water column.

A quick mention on what makes these lines stand out from the competition –  Airflo’s Sixth Sense range, with their low stretch power core really does help bite detection of even the slightest of takes.

I wanted the flies to fish in a completely different way to the conventional sink and draw action of a ‘normal’ fly line as offering something they haven’t seen I think will give an edge.  This is where the washing line comes into its own.  Based on the popular method of having a buoyant fly on the point holding a team of buzzers/nymphs further up the cast, the actual belly of this line sinks and the tip floats creating a unique retrieve path that ultimately results in your flies fished in the deadly arc that trout find irresistible.  I think by having your patterns travelling through different depths is simply more natural to the fish.

I have personally fished with the same patterns and leader length on the same day and had interest from the fish was three-fold on this line when compared to fishing with a floating line and washing line set up.  The best part about this line is that as most fishermen will know, the fish will alter their depth throughout the day and as the line is pulling your patterns through several layers with every cast its helping you keep in touch all day rather than changing your lines.

The colour of the line is an ice blue which I find helps me track the depth at which the flies will eventually travel through which also helps me fine tune my retrieve for the day once I have worked out how the fish will take the flies.  The line feels supple in hand and shoots effortlessly with no memory whatsoever.  All I can say is that if you don’t have any of the sixth sense range in your kit bag you really are missing out on a type of line that will result in you putting more fish on the bank.

Review Written by Chris Jones, Llanelli.

One thought on “Airflo Sixth Sense Fly Line – Washing Line

  1. Hi all,

    my name is Roman Heimlich and I would like a little contributed to the discussion of Airflo fly lines.
    As for me, I’m 31 years old, I flyfishing from the age of 15. 16 years I flyfishing competitively. Since 2010 I am a member of the Czech national team fishing.
    In the period 2008 to 2011 I won the championship twice in the Czech Republic flyfishing on the river and once on the lake.
    In 2011 I was at the third place at the World championchips in Italy and with friends from the team, we won the silver medal.
    Airflo Czech team had a long-term sponsors, which are of course very helpful and we appreciate it.
    As for fly lines Airflo:
    When river fishing personally I like to use for dry and wet flyfishing floating line Ridge Tactical Trout. Thanks to their surface ridge with them very well and accurately casting and fishing is quicker and more efficient.
    As to the lake, using only lines from Airflo. Fly lines Sixth sense generally helping me turn very fine shots from cautious fish.
    With the lake Airflo lines I cast very well into the distance, generally they also appreciate that their properties are maintained even under extreme conditions, when is very cold, or at high temperatures.
    My very favorite line is Airflo Sixth Sense Sweep, through which flies can walk very attractive and the percentage of shots so often increases.

    I wish you many pleasant experiences in competitive and as well relaxing fishing.


    Roman Heimlich
    Czech Republic

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