Airflo Floating Line Matrix

We assembled this comparative matrix to show how each Airflo single-hand floating fly line compares to one another in regards to taper and head length.  Lines are color-coded by their coating hardness rating. Blue indicates an ultra-supple coating, purple indicates a standard coating, and red indicates a tropical coating.

Front taper affects the line’s ability to turn over and present a fly. On one end of the spectrum, you have lines with long front tapers and narrow/thin tip diameters.  These lines are ideal for delicately presenting small flies and excel at dry fly fishing. These are the lines you want when surface crash will disturb your target fish in to spooking.

On the other end of the taper spectrum are lines with short, aggressive front tapers and thick tip diameters.  These are your lines for turning over big flies, streamers, and heavy nymph/indicator rigs.  Freshwater lines featuring these tapers tend to do well as both big fly and nymphing lines.

Head length and rear taper affect the line’s ability to cast at long distances.  A fly line maintains stability as it “unrolls” in the air, and a long rear taper can help delay turnover for maximum stability. As soon as a line straightens out in flight, it loses its stability and can “crash land” or veer off course.  Lines with short heads are great for ease of casting, and can typically pick up and shoot to most fishable distances with one back cast.  The longest heads take more experience and skill to use to their full potential, but offer much longer fishable distances with delicate presentation.

A - Short, aggressive taper, and big fly lines

Lines in the A category are designed to turn over large flies, and provide easy casting with minimal back casts. Excellent lines for big flies that you need to pick up and shoot quickly.

  • Switch Streamer
  • Tropical Punch, 40+
  • Beach
  • Switch Float
  • Sniper
  • Bonefish/Tarpon
  • Giant Trevally
  • XCEED

B - Long heads with aggressive tip section

These lines feature long heads/long rear tapers with aggressive and/or thick diameter tip sections. Great for maximum control on the water and on the cast. Will turn over big flies, and for experienced casters, get them out to great distances. Can serve well as all-purpose lines with the right leader/polyleader combinations.

  • Nymph/Indicator
  • Streamer Float
  • Bass/Muskie
  • Bomber
  • Bandit
  • Striper

A/B/C/D - Lines with all-around tapers

Lines in this “gray area” suit a variety of fishing applications and casting styles. The closer a line is to the center of the chart, the more it can be described as an “all-rounder.” For novice casters, or anglers looking for a “Swiss Army Knife” type line to do it all.

  • Elite
  • Forge
  • Velocity
  • XCEED
  • Bonefish/Tarpon
  • Giant Trevally
  • Striper

C- Long heads with long, delicate front tapers

Lines in this category often suit experienced casters who are looking for delicate presentation at long distances.

  • River & Stream
  • Sixth Sense
  • Distance Pro
  • C.A.S.T