January 19, 2021
This story was originally titled “Direct Connect: Choosing Fly Lines for Maximum Performance.” It appeared in the 2021 Fly Fisherman Gear Guide issue.
Fly rods are remarkably lighter, stronger, and more responsive than they were even ten years ago. Reels are more thoughtfully designed to accommodate specific fishing situations. Our breathable waders even have stretch panels for comfort. But perhaps nothing has improved our fly fishing as much as recent advancements in fly line design and technology. These innovations have allowed us to modify and adapt our fly-fishing traditions so the lines can perform in hot, tropical weather, carry extremely large flies (see...