It’s nice when affordability can also meet up with quality and produce a product that works well, while not breaking the bank for the average fly fisherman.
Today, we’ll look at 3 floating fly lines that are priced well and will perform well.
RIO Mainstream Trout WF
The Mainstream WF line from RIO is a really good line designed for the average fly fisherman and is a good all-around performer. The Mainstream lines are designed to optimize rod performance with slightly heavier and shorter head lengths.
The Mainstream WF lines retails for $39.95. It is honestly the best $40 you’ll spend on a floating fly line in my opinion. I’ve been the using the Mainstream lines for a while now and love them.
Orvis Clearwater Fly Line
The Orvis Clearwater line is a line designed for entry level anglers that is built a half-size heavy to help with rod load. It also has a patented additive that produces high line slickness for longer casts and reduced friction.
The Clearwater lines from Orvis retail for $39.00. I have not personally used the Clearwater line but I have heard really good things about it and many people seem to be pleased with the performance.
Scientific Anglers AirCel Fly Line
The AirCel line of fly line from Scientific Anglers is one of the most economical fly lines on the market today. It’s a great all around line that features good floatation, durability, and tapers that work well for trout, panfish, bass and saltwater species.
The AirCel lines retail for $27.95. It’s the lowest priced of the 3 lines mentioned here but I don’t think the price can relate to quality in this instance. The AirCel lines are certainly comparable to the other two in terms of quality and performance.
All 3 of the lines above are readily available and are all similar in price, performance and overall quality. Fly lines can be really cheap and really expensive, with pretty much all levels in between. I’m not one to spend a load of cash on premium fly lines given my typical fishing scenarios.
I buy lines from reputable companies that are designed to cover common applications and are made to be easy to use and cast. Fishing small streams and fishing for small trout, I don’t need a premium line that costs $100.
Other fly line options
If you’re looking for an even more affordable option than the 3 I have outlined above, check out lines from Blue Halo, Allen Fly Fishing and also Risen Fly. You’ll find offerings from them that are slightly less in cost, while still providing an economical product that will sling a fly for you.
Have a suggestion for another affordable fly line? Have you used any of the lines listed above? Drop me a comment below and let me know about it!