I, like most people, have tried a multitude of floating lines and each person has their own personal favourite… I had mine, and now I have the new SuperFlo floating line from Airflo.
The range is extensive with weights, tapers and colours to suit every freshwater fly angler. From the SuperFlo Stillwater with hi-vis chartreuse head to the Presentation taper with subtle colours, you’ll find the line to suit your fishing. Featuring one of the thinnest diameter running lines on the market these lines fly! Combined with a slick highly buoyant coating, welded loops and low stretch cores these lines have impressed both myself and scores of others (the score goes up with every new caster!)
An updated version of the incredibly popular delta taper, the new Stillwater taper provides faster rod loading due to the slightly shorter front taper bringing the weight of the belly into the cast sooner. Marrying the ability to cast distance with presentation is not an easy task but the delta taper has never failed and the updated version continues to provide accuracy at distance, which it achieves easily with its ultra-slick coating and ultra-thin running line.
The Elite taper has always lived up to its name and combined with Airflo’s new FLO technology and subtle low visibility colours this line is a truly precious tool, perfectly designed for targeting those tricky rises where inches make all the difference.
Putting it to work…
Fitting in a quick test session around clients with photography done by my partner Jess, I had been looking forward to testing this line for a while so I was excited to get started. Tackling up my 10ft 7 weight Airlite V2 with a single fab on a 12ft leader of 8lb Airflo G3 I began to put the line through its paces at Kilnsey Park in the Yorkshire Dales. I had a few things I want to test out… roll casting, precision and distance. I have the Stillwater taper with the hi-vis head which really helped me to watch my loops and what a joy to watch a line working this well!
Roll casting: Often over-looked, the roll cast really should be a part of your armoury as a modern fly angler and the Superflo makes this that little bit easier. Not only did it handle the fixed line casts well providing well formed, tight loops but with shooting line it was also very easily manageable.
Precision: One of the great things about Kilnsey Park is the willingness for fish to rise freely. There are plenty of targets for me to aim for. I found the line easily followed the path I sent it on and landed softly enough to not disturb even the spookiest fish.
Distance: Yes! This line will get the distance you need, it only took me a few practices to shoot the full line. And then, after a couple more attempts, I got the casting down to a roll into a false cast into the shoot to send the whole line out. The slick coating flies through the rings!
I targeted fish with my fab and hooked a few with takes coming static on the surface and on a slow figure of eight before I swapped to a haystack hairs ear and did the same retrieves. The fish kept coming and by the time my client had arrived I was certain this review would write itself. I was, and am, incredibly impressed!
The SuperFlo, it’s a step up in floating fly lines from the people who perfected the worlds best sinkers. Get yours for the limited time offer of just £49.99 from all good Airflo dealers and Fishtec Tackle.
Article by Ben Fox.
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Facts and info:
The Presentation is available in WF3F to WF7F with a Lichen Green Head and Sunrise Yellow running line.
The Stillwater is available in WF5-WF9 and two head colours, Hi-Vis Chartreuse or Low-Vis Lichen green, both have an ivory coloured running line and are 35yds long.
The Presentation features Airflo’s Elite taper design and is a true to weight AFTM fly line.
The Stillwater features an updated version of the Delta taper, the slightly shorter front taper brings the weight of the belly into the cast sooner and loads quickly to help you cover rising fish fast.