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Airflo Ridge Clear Tactical Floating Fly Line
A clear fly line you say? Yes, the Airflo's Ridge Clear Tactical Floating Fly Line is an unique product and the first clear tactical taper line to hit the market. Initially, many anglers balked at the idea of a clear fly line when it was first released. But gradually the Ridge Clear Tactical Floating line has garnered far more fans than naysayers. For skilled anglers using smaller fliers and extended leaders, the clear line has carved out an enviable reputation. Paired with a fine tippet and an accurate fast-action rod, the Airflo clear fly line can prove absolutely deadly. Additionally, the line's smooth action makes you feel like a sniper, as the line mends and rolls like butter. It is easy to see the craftsmanship Airflo has put into this product, and their advanced polymer coating results in a supple feel. They even included welded loops at both ends to make swapping leaders and lines a cinch.
Surprisingly, the Clear Tactical fly line also launches great distances with ease. In calm, open waters it makes quite a deadly weapon, regardless of how far you may want to cast. However, in faster waters some anglers may find it a bit difficult to track the clear line. This is probably the one major trade-off that a clear fly line may pose. Unless you have a super sharp eye, or have a keen sense of where your line is drifting, it could become lost in faster waters.
The physical characteristics of the Airflo's Ridge Clear Tactical Floating fly line scream quality. The line has a smooth feel and threads rod guides with very little friction. Airflo designed the clear line with parallel ridging, granting far less drag against guides and resulting in more silent action and smoother mending on the river. You'll notice this, especially, in comparison to many of the rather noisy high-end lines on the market.
When Fishing with the Ridge Clear Tactical fly line, I was also struck by the high quality of the fly line on the water. It almost feels like it magically hovers on the surface of the water. This is a result of the very same ridging technology that makes the fly line so silent. Parallel ridging also equates to less surface tension and thus superior floating. What this means to you on the river is a light, and airy line that mends and rolls with very little effort.
In the end what we are left with is a very light, agile, and accurate fly line that doesn't spook the fish. The Airflo's Ridge Clear Tactical Floating fly line allows anglers to have maximum control, and has smooth, silent action. More than just a niche product, the Ridge Clear line is a highly accurate true tactical taper line that will no doubt become a favorite with many anglers.
Final Score:97% This dynamic fly line is a clear winner!
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