As fly anglers, we face a wide variety of waters to fish. From deep reservoirs and lochs to small rivers and stillwaters. The question is, when should you use different fly lines like floaters, intermediates and sinkers, and how do you find out which line works best?
Ultimately, there is no 'best' line, only the line that's most suitable for the method on any given day. This will be based on your style of fishing and the depth the fish are holding at.
Generally speaking, a standard floating line is the most versatile in your box. With a floating line, you can fish on top of the water or in the surface film. You can also fish depths of 20 feet by using a long leader, and a weighted fly provided you employ a slow retrieve and wait for the fly to get down.
|Cortland Competition Medium Sinking Line|
|Airflo 2019 Di5 - Di7|
|Cortland Competition Fo-Tech Intermediate|
Equipped with a range of weighted, unweighted and buoyant flies, you could then cover just about every scenario on every water with these lines, allowing you always to catch a few fish.
This article was brought to you in association with Trout Fisherman Magazine.