What Fly Fishing Line Is Best?

The choice of fishing line is one of the most important decisions a fly fisherman can make. A good fly line will help you cast more accurately and further, and it may even enable you to catch more fish.

Fly fishing line comes in a variety of materials, sizes, weights, and tapers. It’s important to choose the right type for the type of water you’re fishing.

Floating – This is the most common type of line used in fly fishing. Floating lines are designed to remain on the surface of the water and are ideal for small streams and lakes. They’re often made from PVC or polyurethane and come in a variety of sizes, weights, and tapers.

Intermediate – Intermediate lines are designed to sink at a slower rate than sink-tip lines and remain suspended just below the surface. They’re best used in streams with deeper pools or when fishing from a boat on larger bodies of water. They’re also great for stillwater applications such as lake fishing or Targeting large trout in rivers.

Sink-Tip – Sink-tip lines are designed to sink quickly but still remain buoyant at the tip so that it can be retrieved back to the surface quickly. These lines are great for Targeting deep pools or for streamers that need to be fished deep such as sculpin patterns.

Sinking – Sinking lines are designed to sink quickly into deeper water where fish may be holding out of sight from shore anglers or wading fishermen. These lines come in a variety of weights, lengths, and densities so they can be tailored to specific depths or types of fish being Targeted.

The best type of fly fishing line depends on the type of water you’re Targeting and what kind of fish you’re trying to catch, as well as your own personal preferences. Floating lines are great for shallow waters while intermediate and sinking lines can be used when Targeting deeper waters or specific species like steelhead or salmon. For stillwaters like lakes and ponds, sinking lines work well with slow retrieves while intermediate lines can be used with faster retrieves for trout or panfish species.

No matter what type of line you choose, make sure it is able to perform optimally depending on your Target species and environment so that you can enjoy your time on the water.


When deciding what fly fishing line is best for your needs, take into consideration the type of environment you’ll be fishing in as well as what species you’ll be Targeting so that you choose the right weight and taper for maximum performance.

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Emma Gibson