Fly Lines

Fly Fishing Lines

A Fly-line is often equated to the tires on a car. You can have a great car (Rod) and great engine(Reel), but none of it works without a good set of tires. That’s why for many anglers the Fly-line is the second most important component to your Fly-fishing system.

You should choose your fly line to match the weight rod you are using (eg: A 5 weight rod, 5 Weight line). Depending on the fish you are going after and the type of fly fishing climate and water conditions you will be fishing. You need to choose a fly line that compliments the rod as much as anything. Fly-lines range anywhere from 70-110 feet.

When fly fishing was first introduced, fly lines were made of horsehair. As people and anglers understood the subtleties of fly fishing, they developed fly lines made of silk for extra smooth delivery and sturdiness.

Fly-line technology has come a long way in recent years . Most fly-lines are manufactured with a core of braided nylon or dacron. This core is then coated with PVC, which has been treated with various substances such as microscopic glass spheres for floatability or other additives that cause the line to sink at various desired rates (called multiple density production). Also many lines are treated with some kind of material usually proprietary to that manufacturer to make the line slicker. Meaning that the line moves through the guides with less friction. Less friction equals longer casts, easier feeding and retrieving of line. Fly-line durability is also very important.

What Are Tapers in Fly Lines?

You must understand it’s the line that we are casting, not the fly. So to create the energy that will propel the fly, the rod and line must work together to create the energy to get the fly where you want it. Tapers equalize the energy that develops from the rod to the line. This is where the taper of the line is important.

Fly-line taper is a small adjustment made by the manufacturer of the fly line to the fly line itself. This generally involves making parts of the line thicker in spots, heavier in spots, thinner in other spots, lighter in other spots. These adjustments to the fly line are done to give the angler better control of the line which, in theory, means improved casting. There are really only a couple different types of tapers in fly lines, but it’s the small variances in those tapers that will make a certain line cast better with the different action rods.

Weight-Forward Taper (WF) Are the most common of Fly-lines tapers there are nowadays. A Tip-flex (fast action) rod requires a line that has a more progressive forward taper. Meaning that there is added weight at the very front of the line so that the rod will load with less line on the water. These lines are most of the time a Half to Three quarters of a line weight heavier. A Mid-flex (medium action) rod will mostly be fine with a regular Weight-forward line. A Full-flex(slow action) rod will have a line with less weight placed at the front and more in the middle to create more subtle presentations. In Trout fishing if we are using a 5 weight rod we are going to use either a WF5F(floating) or WF5S(sinking or sink tip) line.

Double-taper(DT) lines place the thick(weighted)part in the middle of the fly line. Double tapers are longer than weight-forward ones. A double taper fly line is commonly used for short casts but is not practical for long casts. A Double-taper line is usually matched to the lighter weight rods 1-3 for subtle representations of small dry flies. They can also be turned around since the taper is the same at both ends. This can give the line a second life.

Level-Lines When the fly line has no taper, it is called level-taper. Level-taper fly lines don’t really allow for delivery smoothness and are, therefore, rather uncommon. But have become more common for European Nymphing and Tenkara fishing Fly-lines are also numbered to match the line’s weight to the weight rod you are using.

What Are Floating and Sinking Fly Lines?

Floating fly lines float on the surface of the water. They are the most common type of line and the easiest to use. Floating fly lines are better when fishing in windy conditions and are versatile enough for short and long casting.

Sinking fly lines are lines that sink into the water. These types of fly lines are graded depending on the speed and depth with which they sink. An intermediate fly line sinks slowly in the water.

Why do you need a sinking fly line? If you are fishing for fish that don’t come to the surface of the water, you want your fly to reach them inside the water, therefore you need a sinking fly line. If your fish are deep in the water, you will want a fast-sinking fly line: you want your fly to be tempting enough without alerting the fish that it’s bait, hence the need for speed.

As for sink-tip fly lines, most of the line floats but the last part sinks in the water. Sink-tip fly lines are used for fishing fish deep in the water. Their benefit is that most of the line stays atop the water: when you need to throw your line for recast, you won’t have to retrieve the full length of the line from the water.

Are There Differences Between Saltwater and Freshwater Lines?

Fly-lines are either made for freshwater or saltwater. Freshwater lines are usually fished in colder water and are made to be more supple for colder climates. A Bass line will be a little less supple then a Trout or Salmon line Freshwater lines are more opaque in color. Moss green, dull yellow or gray to match the surroundings of the fish. Saltwater lines are made to be more ridgid anh heavier construction for fishing to large fish in tropical conditions and many are colored blue or even clear so they are less visible to the fish.

How Long Will A Fly-Line Last?

At the beginning of this section we discussed how your line is like the tires on a car. Well like tires, Fly-lines have a finite life and that life depends on how well you take care of your line. Think about how much wear and tear a line will go through the Friction of moving through the rod’s guides, dirt, scraping on rocks of other debris in the water to being stretched and the heat and cold. Being wet then dry all over again and again will do damage to the line over time. Most line manufatuerer’s claim that a line if well taken care of should give you between 80-100 days on the water. So cleaning and maintaining your line will prevent cracks and dirt build up.

Fly Fishing Outfitters Have the Fly Line You Need

Whether you are fishing in saltwater or freshwater, we have the fly line you need, including Orvis fly lines and Rio Fly lines and many other manufacturers. We are always able to special order any flyline you are looking for. We carry several fly line weights and tapers to help anglers catch the fish they want. You will find floating and sinking lines as well sink tip lines as well as various fly line weights.

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  • Orvis Clearwater Fly Line


    The Orvis Clearwater Fly Line 2020 is a perfect fly fine for beginners who want to cast at long distances. Available at a very affordable price, the fly line is perfect for new users to improve their casting skills. Made using micro texture technology, the fly line has excellent floating ability and it also repels dirt, sand and algae that can affect floatation in water. The Orvis clearwater fly line is available only in the moss green color on the Fly Fishing Outfitters website. The fly line is available in 7 weight options from 3 to 9.

  • Orvis Clearwater Int. Sink


    The Orvis Clearwater Intermediate sinking line is a great value option to get flies down under the surface and into the strike zone with a 1.25 ips sink rate. Good for all types of water, from lakes and ponds to deeper rivers. Front welded loop and a braided multifilament core for for cold moderate water temps.

    5-8 weight. 90′ long. In clear.

  • Orvis Clearwater Sinking Line


    The Clearwater Type VI Sink Fly line is an economical option for carrying flies below the surface and into the swing zone at a sink rate of 6 IPS. It is good for all types of water like lakes, ponds, or deep rivers. It has a welded front loop and multifilament braided core for cold to medium water temperatures. The Clearwater Type VI Sinking Line comes in 5 to 8 weights and it is 90’ long. Manufactured by Orvis in the United States, the line is available only in Black.

  • Orvis Hydros Bank Shot Floating Line


    The Hydros Bank Shot Float is designed to offer fast shooting and versatility in a variety of situations. The floating line is great for one time casts and delivering large flies. The Hydros Bank Shot fly line is made of short but strong head that helps it load quickly and minimize the chances of false casts. The Hydros Bank Shot float line is available in 7 weight options. You can choose the one based on your requirements. Here are the main features of the Hydros Bank Shot Floating Lines.

    • Smooth coat with AST slickness
    • Line length is 90’. Color changes at 30’
    • Comes with dual welded loops
    • Short but powerful head to minimize false casts
    • Available in 5 to 11 weights.
  • Orvis Hydros Bank Shot Intermediate Sink Tip


    The Hydros Bank Shot Sink Tip is a highly versatile and quick shooting fly line for fly fishing. The fly line is useful and suitable for a variety of situations in fly fishing. It is great for single casts to a bank and able to deliver large flies, single hand spey and roll casts. It features a small and heavy head with an 8’ fast sink tip having a 5 ips rate of sink. Here are the main features of the hydros bank shot sink tip fly line.

    • Powerful head to minimize false casts
    • AST slickness coating
    • Color change at 30′. Line length 90′
    • Braided multifilament core
    • Orvis Line ID for quick and easy identification
    • Available in weights 5-11
  • Orvis Hydros Superfine Fly Line


    The Orvis Hydros Superfine Fly Lines New 2020 is designed as a fast-loading trout fly display line for scenarios where camouflage and subtlety are essential. The straight line slowly introduces the flies and moves the reeds closer. The Orvis Hydros Superfine Fly Lines is excellent to use for spring currents, small pools and tight fishing conditions. Here are the best features of the New Orvis Hydros Superfine Fly Lines:

    • Smooth Fly Line with AST Slickness
    • Integrated Slickness
    • Slim and durable welded loop on both ends
    • Floating fly line designed to enhance the casting capabilities
    • Available in two colors – Dark Olive and Willow
  • Orvis Hydros Trout Fly Line


    The Orvis Hydros Trout Fly Line 2020 is one of the best fly lines made by Orvis to date. It is suitable for beginners and for using a variety of fly fishing techniques. Ideal for short and long casts, the Hydros Trout Fly Line is a full size line for distance casting. There are durable welded loops in front of the Hydros Trout Fly Line. The fly line comes with AST slickness with smooth coating. The color changes at 30’ from the front tip of the line.

  • Orvis Pro Depth Charge 3D Fly Line Smooth


    The Orvis Pro Depth Charge 3D is a special sinking line that is designed for streamers to use in a wide range of fishing destinations. It’s a great option for streamer junkies and fly fishing lovers. Orvis has given plenty of features in the Pro Depth charge 3D for enhanced performance. You can target trout on a freestone stream or musky in a deep water river, with the Orvis Pro depth charge 3D line and keep your fly longer in the feeding zone.

  • Orvis Pro Power Tapered Fly Line


    Orvis Pro trout is one of the most versatile trout lines available in the market. The line is a superior offering to its previous textured version. The Orvis Pro trout line offers you tons of features that make it the best trout line. Made with compound tapers, it is available to use in a variety of environments.

    It comes with a 50-inch head that has a front taper and a powerful belly for easy casting and presentation. It is designed to deliver flies precisely across a range of distances. If you are looking for the next best trout line, there is nothing better than the Orvis Pro trout line.

  • Orvis Pro Saltwater All Rounder


    In 2013 orvis bought Scientific Anglers. Sa has been one of the industry’s leaders in flyline manufacturing for decades. Orvis knew better then to mess with a good thing.  All Orvis/SA line are still produced in the same exacting ways and the same regard for quality. The PRO Saltwater All-Rounder Smooth Fly Line is a completely reimagined and advanced compound taper from its predecessor. This line is the do-it-all saltwater line that has the power to reach that distant target, and a fast-loading, front compound taper to make a few quick shots in a row. The dual belly helps add stability to the line, and allows for easy casting and pickups. It is built on our multifilament core so it can easily perform in cool weather. Can also be very effective for larger freshwater application such as bass, pike, or carp.

    PRO Textured lines offer increased surface area, allowing the line to sit higher in the water, offering less drag, easier mending, less water spray and easier pick-ups. The micro-textured surface traps air to provide increases in both shootability and floatation while decreasing friction.

    Available in smooth and textured 6-10wt.

  • Orvis Pro Saltwater Textured Tropic Flylines


    Since 2013 when Orvis purchased Scientific Anglers all Orvis lines have been produced by SA with the help of Orvis’s product development team. SA has long been an industry innovator when it comes to producing high quality flylines.  The Orvis PRO Saltwater Tropic Textured Fly Lines offer increased surface area, allowing the line to sit higher in the water, offering less drag, easier mending, less water spray and easier pick-ups. The micro-textured surface traps air to provide increases in both shootability and floatation while decreasing friction.

    AST slickness technology means that the slickness is built into the line and not a secondary coating.  this means that the pro lines will always remail slick and last long then other lines. PRO Saltwater Tropic is an exceptional line designed to meet the needs of anglers chasing tropic game fish, whether by skiff or wading the flats. The line was built with a stout head for wind-cutting power and distance casting ability, and yet the carefully engineered advanced, convex compound front taper is fine-tuned to improve the presentation for those spooky fish cruising a flat. The PRO Saltwater Tropic is built on a stiff monofilament core to retain optimum performance in hot weather and warmer water.

    Available in 6 wt.-12 wt.

  • Orvis Pro Trout Smooth Line


    Orvis flylines are made by Scientific Anglers. SA has been an industry leader and their quality is hard to match. Orvis purchased SA in 2013. The Orvis PRO Trout Smooth flyline is designed with advanced compound tapers to be the best all-around trout line available and is the most versatile trout line available for multiple techniques and environments. Orvis Pro lines are constructed with a slickness  AST treatment that is incorporated into the line, it’s not a coating. AST means that the lines stay slicker and last longer. The 50′ head has a gentle front taper followed by a powerful belly for easy casting and delicate presentation. Longer rear taper is designed for better line control, casting, and on-water mending. A great line for casting both dries and weighted nymphs with an indicator.

    3 wt-8 wt.

  • Orvis Pro Trout Textured Line



    In 2013 the Orvis Co. purchased Scientific Anglers. SA has been know as one of the best Fly-line companies in the industry for decades.  One thing Orvis didn’t do when they purchased SA was to mess with a tried and true business formula.  All Orvis flylines are still made in the same manufacturing facility and with the same quality control as before.  Orvis PRO Trout Textured Fly Lines offer increased surface area, allowing the line to sit higher in the water, offering less drag, easier mending, less water spray and easier pick-ups. The micro-textured surface traps air to provide increases in both shootability and flotation while decreasing friction. PRO Trout lines are designed with advanced compound tapers to be the best all-around trout line available, and is the most versatile trout line available for multiple techniques and environments. The 50′ head has a gentle front taper followed by a powerful belly for easy casting and delicate presentation. Longer rear taper is designed for better line control, casting, and on-water mending.

    Available in 3-6wt.

  • Rio Elite Flats Pro Floating Flylines


    For the best general purpose flylines when fishing the flats of Belize, Bahamas or Christmas Island and you are limited to the amount of gear you can travel with Rio’s Elite Flats Pro Floating lines are a great option. Rio’s Elite Flats pro lines will cast just about any fly. The lines are designed with a mid length head and long back taper for smooth casting and better presentation.  all Rio Elite lines are also constructed with DirectCore – a low stretch, low memory technology that improves long distance casting as well making strip setting easier.  Every Elite Flats line is built with Rio’s SlickCast technology- a proprietary coating that reduce friction as the line moves through the rod guise.


  • Rio Elite Tarpon Flylines


    When you’re trying to catch and land one of the most powerful species on the planet there’s really no time to skimp on your equipment.  Your flyline is a crucial element to landing a big Tarpon.

    Rio designed it’s Elite Tarpon lines with a vey aggressive short head to easily cast and turnover large flies in the wind.  Also there’s a longer back taper for casting long range and making a quick pick up for second shot casts.

    Each Rio Elite Tarpon line is constructed with DirectCore technology that is extremely easy to stretch and will lay perfectly straight in the water.  Every Elite Tarpon line is built with Rio’s SlickCast technology-a proprietary coating that eliminates friction as the line moves through the rod guides.  When your facing off with these beasts, you need every advantage you can get.