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Fly Lines for Trout

Whether you're a long-time fly angler or classify yourself as a beginner, let's face it, many aspects of the sport can be downright confusing. But due to our affiliation with the folks at Scientific Anglers , we're able to rely on one of the industry's leading experts on fly lines Bruce Richards, Scientific Anglers product development engineer for his input. Whatever your casting ability, the conditions, the types of waters you fish, and your available budget, Bruce provides FAOL with the following on the large selection of Scientific Anglers fly lines designed for trout fishing.

And please note all Mastery Series and Ultra 3 floating fly lines feature Scientific Anglers' patent Advanced Shooting Technology (AST) coating process. DLB

Mastery Series XPS:

This is a true "spring creek" line, designed to be most effective when a delicate delivery is necessary. These lines have delicate tapers and light tips, nothing lands lighter. The downside is, they don't cast big stuff very well, and are more difficult to cast accurately in the wind. If your main goal is to fish small stuff at short to medium distances, this is the line. The double tapers (DT) are more delicate than the weight forward (WF) lines, and load the rod better in close.

Ultra 3:

The Ultra 3 WF and DT lines are designed to be general-purpose lines. They will effectively cast a wider range of fly sizes than the XPS, but don't deliver quite as delicately. Designed for "average" conditions and flies, the Ultra 3 lines should be seriously considered by any trout angler who needs a versatile fly line. The WF lines have group tailored heads for optimum performance at "normal" distances for the line size. The DT lines deliver a little more delicately than the WF's.

Mastery Series GPX:

The GPX lines are designed to be a general-purpose line also, but available exclusively from Scientific Anglers' Mastery Series dealers. They are made 1/2 size heavier than standard, which makes them load the stiffer rods on the market more fully. If you are looking for a general-purpose line for that new, fast rod, the GPX should be your first choice.

Mastery Series XXD:

These 'extra distance' lines are designed for better casters who want to throw a lot of line. They won't turn a beginner into an expert, but for those anglers who can really cast and are looking for more distance, this is the line. The XXD's extra long head and taper makes these lines cast very smoothly, and their slightly higher density (smaller diameter) allows them to cut the wind like no other.

Air Cel Supreme 2:

Another general purpose line, but without all the features. Similar taper design to the Ultra 3, but without the Advanced Shooting Technology (AST) coating process. If you don't need the ultimate in high flotation, the Air Cel Supreme 2 may be your line.

Air Cel:

The original floating line, and still a good performer, the Air Cel lines are probably the best selling floating line of all time, and certainly the best value. This no frills general purpose line handles most applications very adequately. It doesn't float as high as the Air Cel Supreme 2, but casts and fishes very nicely. Plus, the Air Cel price makes it easy to afford a full sinking or Wet Tip line, so you'll be prepared no matter what depth fish are feeding.


Specifically designed to help beginners cast. The taper and head design of this line allow it to deliver a fly effectively even if the casters technique is still developing. Made a half size heavy to help load the rod, these lines help new fly anglers get a satisfying result first time out.

Have you made your decision? Visit any Scientific Anglers Mastery Series dealer and they can help with the right fly line for trout plus you can rely on the store's staff to assist with all those connection knots! ~ Bruce Richards, Scientific Anglers

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