Fly Lines

Check out our amazing range of fly lines for everything from trout, salmon or pike fishing to tropical fly lines for bonefish on the flats or Tarpon. A Fly line was originally of silk but currently is typically made of a plastic coating over a braided line core. Fly lines are commonly 1.5 to 2 mm in diameter. The plastic coating gives the line weight and is commonly distributed unevenly to make the line easier to cast. A weight forward line, for example, has a greater plastic thickness near the forward (or fly) end of the line. Fly lines are not particularly long, generally not exceeding 30 meters. They can come in different types, weight forward, double taper. Fly lines are rated in different weights, from 1 to 11, referring to the weight of the first 30 feet of the fly line. There are many different types of fly lines available from floating to Intermediate, sinking to midge tip all offering different alternatives to the presentation of your leader, tippet and fishing fly. Of course fly lines. Your fly line needs to be matched with your rod and reel, for example if using a 6 weight rod you should have a #6 weight fly reel and #6 weight fly line. They will have been designed by the manufacturers to complement each other and work in harmony. Fly lines are rated from #0 to #16. Fishing for salmon and trout the fly line colour does not matter as we are using a leader and tippet to present the fly. The line colour is used so that the fly fisherman can identify which fly line they are using more quickly from colour and can see bites if the line is visible in the water. However if we were in the tropics going for bonefish then we will want a clear fly line.

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Fly Line Usage

Typically we will use fly lines as follows:

Fly Line Weight

Typical Fly Fishing Usage

#2/3/4

Stream / brooks for Brook & Brownies & Grayling

#5

Small rivers, brooks & streams for Brownies & Grayling

#6

Rivers and small lakes when fly fishing for Brown & Rainbow Trout

#7

Used for Lakes, boats & reservoir for Rainbow Trout, Larger Brownies & Blue Trout, Small River Grilse Fishing

#8

Reservoir & boats, plus saltwater fly fishing for Rainbows, Larger Brownies & Blues, Salmon Grilse Fishing & saltwater species

#9

larger rivers and reservoirs fly fishing for large trout, largemouth bass, pike, steelhead & salmon

#10/11/12 to #16

Large rivers & saltwater, Salmon & Saltwater species

 

With different types of fly lines we can target fish at different depths in the water. For example we may use an Intermediate fly line to slowly drop through the water at 3ips or 5ip (inches per second) or we may be fishing from a boat on a deep reservoir targeting fish deep and need a sink line to rapidly get to the depth we require. To add to the complexity we can then have fly lines with different head types for example we may have a floating line with a 5 foot intermediate head which drops below the surface of the water and allows perfect presentation of buzzers.

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