Here at Airflo we are always looking for ways to improve fly line performance. Starting with Airflo’s patented polymer, our chemists formulated Super-DRI, a new material that repels water, dirt, and surface scum better than any material in the history of fly lines. New advances in Nano Material Technology has allowed us to make a line that floats better and shoots farther than ever before... enter the Super-DRI.
Over the years, we’ve all greased fly lines to help them float higher; now imagine a line that would give you incredible water repulsion without ever having to treat the line again. Super-DRI takes fly lines to the next level with a permanent compound of ultra water repulsive PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), which due to newadvances in Nano technology, its smaller particle size prevents water absorption into the coating. Polytetrafluoroethylene (C2F4)n – The lowest coefficient of friction known to man, so the benefits to line speed and casting performance go without saying.
All lines claim to be higher floating than any other, but in our recovery speed lab test against all other market leading brands, our Super-DRI fly lines had tip recovery speeds faster than any other line, proving that our fly lines have a lower Specific Gravity than any of our competitors in any comparable line size.
A supple fly line offers many benefits to the fly fisher, a softer line follows the surface currents better, helping you to control drag and having less memory in colder conditions, they always feel nicer to handle. Forming a high speed casting loop is far easier in a supple line, but turn up the heat to summer conditions and the area of the line subjected to the haul can become sticky and drag in the guides as the line loses its shape due to compression. With some clever engineering, we have been able to subtly change the hardness of the coating in the Zone area to reduce compression, resulting in superior line speed and greater shootability across a wider temperature range.
You’ll be more impressed with the lines incredible suppleness and handling performance – even in the harshest of conditions. With only 6% stretch, our Power Core braid improves casting control, sensitivity and hook set, all in all pretty impressive stuff.
As originators of Density Compensation in Sinking lines, TDC (Total Density Compensation) – raises the bar on density control regardless of line type. Controlling the volume and density of each coating, our dual layer PolyFuse XT process creates technically advanced lines with pinpoint accuracy. For true high buoyancy floaters or sinking lines with sink rates you can rely on, look out for the TDC logo.
The concept is simplicity itself. Our unique ridged design reduces the lines surface area in contact with the rod guides. Consequently friction levels are vastly improved when compared to other lines on the market. Our ridges are also incredibly tough for long term durability.
The original “PVC Free” Polymer coated fly lines, we at Airflo utilize solvent free Polyurethane as the base material in all our fly lines. When we originally researched our coating technology over 20 years ago, we wanted the best possible fly line material available. A coating that would be stronger than our competitors, could resist DEET and ultimately fight off the long term effects of UV. Polyurethane provided us with this and much, much more.
The ability to fuse Polyurethane post production led to the development of Micro Loops. Showing no visible signs of a step down, Micro loops blend into the main line giving smooth transition to your leader and protect your fly line from the effects of capillary action.
Our unique permanent line marking system is welded into our factory fitted loops for easy identification on many of our shooting heads and our latest Ridge Clear fly lines. Each label clearly shows the lines weight and density – so, no more having to put your lines on the scale. Yet another example of our innovative solutions to everyday angling problems.
Not relying on solvents to make it supple, Polyurethane flexes better and lasts longer than any other material we know. Our new Flexi Loop system incorporates actual fly line core into the loop and with our unique fusing process, creates a seamless weld that really is bullet proof.
ULTRA SUPPLE: -5 > 26° C
Our Ultra Supple coating represents a major breakthrough in fly line performance. The low modules coating maintains its suppleness even in extreme cold conditions. Thus helping to maintain needle sharp loops even on the coldest of days, and reducing memory to zero. Found mainly in our Ridge Supple range of trout lines, this same coating is also used in our Two Hand Shooting Head range.
STANDARD: 4 > 32° C
Despite the name, there’s nothing standard about our super tough Polyurethane coating. With higher energy and slight stiffness for longer casts, we use this polymer on most of our long casting lines, like the Super-DRI 40+, the new Ridge Rangefinder, and the Striper lines. All of them benefit from this coating in warmer temperatures thus maintaining distance without any tangles.
TROPICAL: 20 > 38° C
Designed to perform at the higher end of the temperature scale, our Tropical coating doesn’t wilt and tangle even when you’re feeling the heat. However, with polyurethane working across a wider temperature band than other coatings, a quick stretch and this coating works well at the lower end of the Saltwater temperature scale. You find this coating used on our Bonefish, Tarpon and Giant Trevally lines.