Fly Lines for Trout
Whether you're a long-time fly angler or classify yourself as a beginner,
let's face it, many aspects of the sport can be downright confusing. But due
to our affiliation with the folks at Scientific Anglers
, we're able to rely on one of the industry's leading experts on fly
lines – Bruce Richards, Scientific Anglers product development
engineer — for his input. Whatever your casting ability, the conditions,
the types of waters you fish, and your available budget, Bruce provides
FAOL with the following on the large selection of Scientific Anglers
fly lines designed for trout fishing.
And please note – all Mastery Series and Ultra 3 floating fly lines
feature Scientific Anglers' patent Advanced Shooting Technology (AST) coating
Mastery Series XPS:
This is a true "spring creek" line, designed to be most
effective when a delicate delivery is necessary. These lines have delicate
tapers and light tips, nothing lands lighter. The downside is, they don't
cast big stuff very well, and are more difficult to cast accurately in the
wind. If your main goal is to fish small stuff at short to medium distances,
this is the line. The double tapers (DT) are more delicate than the weight
forward (WF) lines, and load the rod better in close.
The Ultra 3 WF and DT lines are designed to be general-purpose
lines. They will effectively cast a wider range of fly sizes than the XPS,
but don't deliver quite as delicately. Designed for "average" conditions and
flies, the Ultra 3 lines should be seriously considered by any trout angler
who needs a versatile fly line. The WF lines have group tailored heads for
optimum performance at "normal" distances for the line size. The DT lines
deliver a little more delicately than the WF's.
Mastery Series GPX: The GPX lines are designed to be a general-purpose line
also, but available exclusively from Scientific Anglers' Mastery Series
dealers. They are made 1/2 size heavier than standard, which makes them load
the stiffer rods on the market more fully. If you are looking for a
general-purpose line for that new, fast rod, the GPX should be your first
Mastery Series XXD: These 'extra distance' lines are designed for better
casters who want to throw a lot of line. They won't turn a beginner into an
expert, but for those anglers who can really cast and are looking for more
distance, this is the line. The XXD's extra long head and taper makes these
lines cast very smoothly, and their slightly higher density (smaller
diameter) allows them to cut the wind like no other.
Air Cel Supreme 2: Another general purpose line, but without all the
features. Similar taper design to the Ultra 3, but without the Advanced
Shooting Technology (AST) coating process. If you don't need the ultimate in
high flotation, the Air Cel Supreme 2 may be your line.
Air Cel: The original floating line, and still a good performer, the Air Cel
lines are probably the best selling floating line of all time, and certainly
the best value. This no frills general purpose line handles most applications
very adequately. It doesn't float as high as the Air Cel Supreme 2, but casts
and fishes very nicely. Plus, the Air Cel price makes it easy to afford a
full sinking or Wet Tip line, so you'll be prepared no matter what depth fish
Concept: Specifically designed to help beginners cast. The taper and head
design of this line allow it to deliver a fly effectively even if the casters
technique is still developing. Made a half size heavy to help load the rod,
these lines help new fly anglers get a satisfying result first time out.
Have you made your decision? Visit any Scientific Anglers Mastery Series
dealer and they can help with the right fly line for trout – plus you can
rely on the store's staff to assist with all those connection knots!
~ Bruce Richards, Scientific Anglers
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