Essential Early Season Fly Lines

The clock is ticking down towards the UK fly fishing season opening days on many of the UK’s large reservoir fisheries. We are talking of famous and popular venues such as Rutland water, Grafham, Blagdon, Chew valley , Eyebrook, Stocks, Draycote and many more.

Thousands of fine rainbow trout are being stocked in readiness, and the fully finned overwintered residents are bound to be hungry and ready to rip that fly line out of your hands! (Check out their facebook pages for more information on stocking)

A rare calm opening day on Rutland water

A rare calm opening day on Rutland water

We tend to have a mental image of a balmy spring day as the perfect season opener, with the trout gently sipping buzzers off the top in mild and calm conditions… The reality however is almost always very different in mid March – its often way too wet, windy and cold for top water fly fishing to be successful. The trout will have a much slower metabolism due the very cold water temperatures, and will invariably be inactive and deep down in the water column or hugging the bottom.

Thankfully to make things much easier for us, the team at Airflo have come up with the ultimate early season fly lines, the Sixth Sense range! They are perfect for those dour cold windy days – when you really need that deep and slow presentation, or for fishing a booby static.

Gareth Jones, Airflo Sales Director describes the uses and benefits of the whole Airflo sixth sense range:

For us the Airflo Sixth Sense Di7 in particular is the ”must have” early season line

If you are a bank angler early season can be even more of a challenge than on the boat. Airflo’s answer to this is the 40 plus range of fly lines. Airflo have successfully updated the old fashioned ”shooting head” tradition. Long gone are the days of hearing that annoying rattle of the crude lumpy join going through your guides, and the frustrating hours spent unpicking your curly mono running line. With the latest generation of forty plus lines, Airflo have seamlessly integrated the head and running line into a smooth tapered join, with a continuous non stretch core for superb take detection. The result is much easier casting execution combined with superb longevity.

Here’s Gareth explaining more about the forty plus fly lines:

For early season bank fishing we’d recommend the Airflo Forty Plus Di 5 & Di 7.

About the Airflo Forty Plus Fly Lines

Airflo’s Sales Director, Gareth Jones talks more about the Airflo Forty Plus fly line range!

The Airflo Forty Plus fly lines have been developed to give every angler, no matter what their ability, extreme distance!  Available in a full range of densities and two head lengths, the standard forty plus and a longer head for the experts, from floating to type 7 sinker, featuring all the components which turn a good fishing line into a great line.

All Forty Plus fly lines from floating to the heaviest sinking feature our braided powercore, just 6% stretch throughout the whole length of the line. Enhancing sensitivity, giving you full control on the cast and keeping you in direct contact with your flies.

Ever 40+ fly line features a colour change from head to running line giving you an great visual accuracy to locate the load point to see where the running line is allowing you to cast quickly and efficiently all day long. The colour change also acts as a great hang marker, especially when fishing from the shore as the head is usually somewhere near that magic ‘drop off’.

Behind the head of each line there’s our award winning Ridge running line which features super low friction giving you extreme distance with no tangles.

Our floating and intermediate fly lines feature welded loops which make for easy leader changes or even the opportunity to insert a poly-leader to lengthen the head, or create a extra long mini tip style line.

All our lines are made from our unique patented polyurethane material which is extremely durable ensuring your fly line will last years, resistant to UV, sun screen, deet and fuel giving you peace of mind that each line won’t break down.