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Thread: Airflow - 40 Plus Fly line - 8W

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    Default Airflow - 40 Plus Fly line - 8W

    Has anyone tried or owned the "Airflow 40 Plus Fly Line"?

    I got the above mentioned fly as a gift & I must say that I'm struggling to cast with it. Don't get me wrong, I do get a bit of distance with it, but it seems to me that I have to speed up my casts (if that makes sense) to stay in controlget with the line. I found the line to be pretty heavy & it seems to load to quickly for my casting abilities.

    What do you guys think?

    later
    Francois

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    I tried one in 6wt on a 10' St croix Legend and it did the job well, considering the fact that the rod is more of a casting rod and thus not really suited to high line speed antics and shooting lots of line. But no better than a double taper, if you have to ask me. The head of the line is green with a fellow running line of fairly fine diameter that is supposed to aid in shooting line. The basic idea behind this colour transition is to indicate the max length of line you are supposed to false cast. False casting more than that will overload the rod quickly. Another thing, some of these new lines like the 40+ are made for the craze for stiff, fast-actioned rods with which you can supposedly cast well into the backing. This line will most probably overload a rod with a softer action quite quickly. Slow down your casting action by a fraction and you should be fine.
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    Thx Harry,

    Your reply makes sense.

    Thx again.
    Francois

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    Those 40 plus lines are renowned for being ridiculously under rated ie if it says 6wt on the box think 8 or 9 in reallity.
    What weight have you got amfff?

    edit: just read the title of the thread
    line is probably more like a 10/11
    Last edited by FloridalakeDronkie; 14-06-07 at 07:32 PM.
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    yes, I have a 40 plus DI7 that i use with my Sage Z-Axis 6 wt. I can tell you, it casts a mile with very little finness. It is a bomb. Nothing delecate about it. It has about 30 feet of shooting head on a running line. It only works when the shooting head is out of the rod tip, one back cast and a fast haul, and it just keeps going. Dont try it in situations where you need any kind of delicate presentation, it is not designed for that. It is purely a distance thing and that is that. I also wouldn't like to try it on anything but a fast action rod.

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    Hi Francois,

    You bet when Airflo came up with the marketing phrase 40+ many a fly fisher fell for this. These lines are shooting heads in effect, with a running line fused to a head. As Andre mentioned, if your timing isn't spot on and the rod can't transfer sufficient energy the line won't go 40+. Something Airflo failed to mention on the package.

    You need to generate sufficient line speed to keep the line's head up and going and prevent it from falling, if your timing isn't spot on the head hinges and the cast falls apart. If you don't feed line on the back cast, maybe this might help straightening everything out. Give short sharp hauls in straight lines and aim your forward cast in an upward direction, only then the line will fly 30+

    Cheers,

    Philip

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    Thx guys for all the replies.

    I will definitely use your advice. Will let you guys know how its going.

    later
    Francois

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    I use the Airflow 40+ 9WT Floating, intermediate and sinking lines on a 9WT Explorer guide series rod, and when hitting the sweet spot (head out and about 1.5 - 2 meters of running line depending on wind) you can easely shoot the whole line plus some backing.

    One thing with these lines, or the old one you use to get with the yellow writing on the box is that the running line cracks after a few months, so just make sure you get the new one with the green writing on the box.

    Cheers
    Shawn

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    I have the 9wt intermediate and floating versions of this line.I have tried them on slow action rods and have also used them on my TFO.They work far better on the fast action TFO I must say, also great in the wind, but as a general all purpose line a standard WF is far better.As was mentioned above the line is heavy and cumbersome - it's a blunt instrument and certainly not the line to be used for casting to a feeding grunter!

    Besides, most of the running line is wasted and just takes up space on the reel since, for the average caster like myself,the last 10 yards will rarely go past the rod tip(unless of course a fish takes you into the backing).

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    before I begin - I loved this line when I got it BUT:

    Same problem, #6 TFO and a #7 40+ fast sinker line – I refuse to fish with it anymore, although it really does just keeps on running if hauled properly – my main concern with it is 1) much to heavy for my rod and arm although my rod really has a strong butt section that line still makes it act like a piece of twig with a 5kg weight on! 2) that remaining line after the shooting head – I’m gonna chop that sh1t off, stomp it and then burn it with a cutting torch #@$@#&* then post it to the distributer with a nasty letter attached to it. The memory I have on that piece of line is so bad that IF I manage to get the line out a considerable distance (memory on the non shooting head acts as ABS brakes) and retrieve it back in I have to spend 10min at least untangling that cr@p after every cast – NOT WORTH MY WHILE. Head my warning – get a large arbor reel for that line if you don’t have one already and when not using it, don’t be as lazy as me when storing it for the season on your reel – take it off and store it on its original packaging or something bigger, else you will hate the line as much as me after 3 seasons!!!!!!!
    No one does it smaller then me!

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