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Old 08-13-2021, 12:05 PM
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Default Best Fly Line?

I’m looking to get a couple new fly lines and was hoping to get some real-world experiences from you all. I need to get a 5 weight floating line for trout and a 5 weight sinking line for fishing streamers and nymphs in both streams and lakes. In your opinion, what is the best floating and sinking line (full sink or sink tip??)? TIA

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Old 08-13-2021, 12:19 PM
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I always used Rio lines until just this summer when I picked up a SA Amplitude Infinity line. It does seem easier to cast, likely because it is so overweighted (See some recent posts on here about fly rod and line weights being off...). I can't comment on the durability of the line yet as I've only had it one season.

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Old 08-13-2021, 12:20 PM
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i like the Scientific Angler Trout series for weight forward floating line. nice casting line.

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Old 08-13-2021, 04:16 PM
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I've tried RIO, Loop and Scientific Angler. I stick with SA now. RIO and Loop just don't cast as nicely for me.
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Old 08-13-2021, 05:42 PM
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I really like Cortland lines. 444 for the floating.
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Old 08-13-2021, 06:16 PM
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I like the Scientific Angler lines too. Have both floating and sinking lines and been pleased with both.
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Old 08-13-2021, 06:37 PM
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Rio gold for floating

SA Mastery (?) Type III uniform sink for sinking line for lakes

Probably a sink tip, Type III or IV, for rivers

So now you need three!
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Old 08-13-2021, 08:55 PM
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Such a subjective question.
You will find there is no "best"...everyone has their own likes/dislikes, casting styles, distances, etc
Kind of like asking "what is better Ford or GM?"

That said...after having tried almost all of the mainstream line manufacturers products, the only advice I can offer is that they all produce decent lines.

Is a $100+ RIO line 3X better than a $30 Sci-angler aircell?...will it last 3X longer...IMO, no
Do you need 4 different rate sinking lines?...for most people...No

Personally, for Alberta fishing I almost always use floating lines...probably haven't used a sinker or sink tip for 10+ years. There are other ways to get down if needed...

Most of my lines are Sci-anglers...I do like Cortland but have stopped using them because I find their coil memory in cold weather is terrible.

Your mileage may vary...
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Old 08-14-2021, 12:35 PM
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Tried a lot of lines over the years, the majority of my reels are spooled with rio gold, not saying the others are horrible, just rio is a key component now, I’ve been using it for well in excess of ten years now, tried sa and cortland and a few others, the quality and just overall castability seems much better with rio, an old timer got me on to this stuff, and just never looked back since, I think only only a troglodyte wouldn’t be impressed with this product, hope that helps…..
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Old 08-14-2021, 12:43 PM
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I mostly fish streamers in creeks and rivers, I fish a type 7 full sink, in either 4 or 5 weights if fishing from shore. If I'm fishing from the drifter I fish the heaviest tip sink tip in 7 weight early and change to the clear tips as water drops and clears. I fish a 24" max leader, 15lb flouro

Rios have turned to garbage over the last couple of years and I see the core of full sinks in 10 trips, I think ill chuck SAs next season.
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Old 09-28-2021, 12:48 PM
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Default single hand spey a must have line

Hi guys
I have been using single hand Floating spey lines by Vision for a couple of years now. I will not go back to standard WF single hand lines as the spey lines are 10 times better for casting up to about 80 feet. And you can do a 60 foot roll cast like a dream. All you need is about 10 feet of room behind you and the line rolls out beautifully. NO KIDDING. With some practice 80 feet is possible with 10 feet of room behind you. A 30 feet cast with no room behind you is easy.
I no longer use PVC lines like those made by RIO. They have wonderful tapers but the lines have very short lifespans as all of my Rios have cracked in 1 to 2 years and they coil badly.
I use Vision Vibe 85 fly lines. I believe they are made by Airflo and are made in England out of, I believe polyethelene?? not PVC and they last a very long time. They have a 27/28 foot long head and are 88 feet long. They have a spey taper where the heavies part of the head is toward the rear of the line not at the front of the line like a standard WF line. This makes the line easier to roll cast and do a standard single hand cast. For beginner fly casters it make learning a dream. You must slow down when casting them as they are a little heavier than a standard WF line. When you first use them they coil a bit but soon sit flat in the boat. Nice. And little or no stretch. Also nice.
I use the lines for lake fishing mostly as it makes casting an Indicator way easier than a standard WF line. I often use over 20 feet of leader below an indicator.
If you have a very short rod ,say 8 feet then a Vision Vibe 65 at 21 foot head my be what you would use. Nile Creek Fly Shop on Vancouver Island has these lines. Good outfit to buy from.
I have tried lines with shorter heads on my 9 and 10 foot rods and I have found that the 27/28 foot heads are best.
I have been fly casting 65 years so you can take this info for what it is worth.
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Old 09-28-2021, 06:35 PM
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Default Don't buy Loop lines

Had a horrible experience with Loop (floating) lines

Have had great experiences with both SA (floating) and Snowbee (floating, intermediate and sink tips lines)! I've used SA for both fresh water an salt water - all newer lines within the last year or two. Snowbee for my pike/bully set ups.


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Old 10-03-2021, 11:10 AM
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Default Airflo Superflo

Airflo Superflo line is top notch, I have the airflo superflo power taper and it's awesome! Line is PVC free and very durable also very well priced compared to Rio and SA
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