What Kind of Line Do You Need for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a popular and enjoyable form of angling. It is often seen as a way to relax in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Fly fishing requires specialized equipment, such as rods, reels, lines and lures. Choosing the right line for fly fishing can be a daunting task for the beginner angler.

Fly fishing lines come in various sizes and weights. The type of line chosen should depend on the type of fish being sought, the size of the water body, and the type of cast used.

For instance, when Targeting small trout in a small stream or lake, a light weight line such as 2-4 pound test is recommended. On larger rivers or lakes where larger fish such as bass may be Targeted, heavier lines such as 6-10 pound test may be used.

The action of the rod also plays an important role in selecting a line for fly fishing. Fast action rods require lines with more stiffness which will help support longer casts; whereas slower action rods require lines with less stiffness which will allow more finesse when casting smaller flies to more distant Targets.

Additionally, most fly fishing lines are made from either nylon monofilament or braided monofilament depending on personal preference. Braided monofilament is generally more expensive but offers increased durability and sensitivity while nylon monofilament is typically less expensive but offers less durability and sensitivity.

Floating Lines

The most common type of line used for fly fishing is a floating line. Floating lines come in different weights and sizes depending on the type of cast being used and the size/type of fish being Targeted. Floating lines are designed to float on top of the water allowing you to accurately cast your lure without getting hung up on rocks or weeds below.

Sinking Lines

Sinking lines are used when fishing in deeper waters or Targeting fish that are located further down in the water column. Sinking lines come in different weights and lengths depending on how deep you want your lure to reach. These types of lines can also be used with weighted lures or nymphs which help get them down into deeper waters faster.


Fly fishing requires specialized equipment including rods, reels, lures, and lines. Choosing the right line for your needs can make all the difference between success or failure when it comes to catching fish! Floating lines are suitable for most general fly fishing applications while sinking lines should be used if you’re Targeting deeper waters or larger fish species such as bass.

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Emma Gibson