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Recommended Fly Lines for a New Season on the Water

Spring has officially arrived in Colorado. There may still be a few snow showers in our future – but at least for now, the forecast looks great and we’re looking forward to beautiful spring days on the water!

Spring cleaning is a great excuse to go through your fly reels and check fly lines that need to be cleaned or replaced. For fly line cleaners and dressings, go here. If your fly line shows signs of cracking or wear, or you remember the tip sinking at the end of last season, it’s time to peel it off your reel and start with a new one.

If you’re in need of new fly lines this season, we would like to reintroduce you to the Anglers All Linebrary. We carry every taper, standard and specialty tapers in freshwater and saltwater lines from Rio, Scientific Anglers and now, Airflo.

While we could write pages and pages on all these tapers, see below for a run through of our top recommendations in each category for chasing trout this season:


Dry Fly Lines

If you need a new fly line for your dry fly setup, we’ve got you covered. Those light line rods and delicate presentations require a fly line that’s suited to the job. These fly lines are very close if not true to weight by AFFTA Standards. They are built with long heads and front tapers to deliver dry flies with stealth and accuracy.

Our top picks for a great dry fly line include the Rio Premier Technical Trout Fly Line, the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Taper Fly Line, and the Airflo Superflo Tactical Taper Fly Line.

These lines pair well with any of your favorite light line fly rods. We enjoy casting these lines on rods like the Winston Pure, the Sage Trout LL, or the Scott G-Series.

If you need help pairing a specific fly line with a specific rod or application, please don’t hesitate to ask! We’d be happy to help. Stop by the fly shop in Littleton or give us a call at 303-794-1104.

All-Around Fly Lines

Need a new fly line on your trusty 5-weight? Something that can handle throwing dries, nymphs, small streamers and a variety of rigs on any given day? These are a handful of fly lines that we’d recommend. These lines will be at least a half size heavy in grains and feature a more compact “punchier” head to help turn over multi fly rigs.

Our top picks for all-around fly lines include the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity Taper Fly Line, the Airflo Superflo Universal Taper Fly Line and the Rio Elite Perception Fly Line.

Others that deserve a mention include the ever-popular Rio Elite Gold Fly Line and the Scientific Anglers Amplitude MPX Taper Fly Line. Any of these lines can handle a wide variety of flies and fishing situations.

A few of our favorite jack-of-all-trade fly rods include the Sage X, Scott Centric, the G. Loomis Asquith and Winston Boron Air 2.


Fly Lines for Throwing Big Flies

If you’re ready for a fresh fly line for launching those big stonefly patterns, hopper-dropper rigs and warm water bugs, we’ve got a few ideas for you. These lines are heavier yet then the dry fly lines and all around lines listed above. They will showcase a very weight forward head. Remember, mass moves mass!

When it comes to throwing big flies, a few of our favorite fly lines include the Airflo Superflo Power Taper Fly Line, the Rio Elite Grande Fly Line and the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Anadro Fly Line.


Fly Lines for Streamer Fishing

There are big flies. And then there are streamers. When it comes to fishing the meatiest of flies, you need a fly line that carries power and turns over wet deer hair and rabbit fur streamers. These lines feature aggressive heads and short front tapers that can turn over those big, articulated streamers. Look for many different sink rate densities in these lines too. Each has a purpose, and we can help you dial that in.

Our top recommendations for streamer fishing fly lines include the Scientific Anglers Titan Taper Fly Lines, the Rio InTouch Big Nasty Fly Lines and the Airflo Streamer Series Fly Lines.

When fishing big flies and streamers, look to pair these fly lines with rods like the Winston Alpha+ Fly Rods, the Sage Igniter, the Scott Sector and Sage Payload Fly Rods.

Nymphing-Specific Fly Lines

Those who consistently fish tailwaters understand that targeting finicky trout brings a unique set of requirements when it comes to fly lines. If you find yourself utilizing nymph rigs and euro nymphing tactics on a regular basis, we have some unique fly line recommendations for you. These lines are thin and stealthy and often mix in indicator type color changes to help you control depth and detect hit.

Our top nymph-specific fly lines include the Rio FIPS Euro Nymph Fly Line, the Airflo Kelly Galloup Nymph/Indicator Fly line, and the Airflo SLN Euro Nymph Fly Line.

We even carry a few very specific euro nymphing style fly rods. Check out the Sage ESN, the TFO Stealth and the Winston BIII Super 10.



Specialty Fly Lines

Are you looking for a specific sink tip or sinking line for your local lake or reservoir? A saltwater line for your upcoming sailfish trip, or bonefish trip. Or perhaps a warm water or bass-specific fly line? We have fly lines to suit any purpose.

From roll casting on small high country creeks to saltwater-specific applications, we’d be happy to help you find the right fly line for your next adventure.


Contact us with Questions!

Come visit us at the fly shop at 5211 S. Santa Fe Dr. in Littleton. Or give us a call at 303-794-1104. We’d be happy to help you pick a fly line and get it spooled up with backing. Remember that we offer free shipping or same-day curbside pick up on those phone and online orders!