In our latest Gear Review, we had the chance to test out the new Airflo Superflo Ridge 2.0 Power Taper Fly Line. Check out what we had to say below.
When anglers think of fly lines, there can be a lot of confusion about what type to get. Whether different sink tip lines, sinking fly lines, or floating fly lines, the Airflo Superflo Ridge 2.0 Power Taper floating construction is unique and can turn over any fly of your choice with a range of weighted forward (WF) 3wt-9wt options. Airflo has a variety of fly lines designated and precise tapers to any specific water or species you’re targeting.
Airflo has always lived up to its mission for environmentally friendly lines, meaning every fly line they produce is 100% PVC free.
Simultaneously, we were very excited to rig this line up that would be better for the environment, but also knowing that this is one the best fly lines on the market in 2022 with new Ridge 2.0 fly line technology. When receiving this line from Airflo, it was packaged very nicely, the lines shooting head is more of an “aquamarine” color with a vibrant orange running line.
When unboxing and holding the spool, Airflo is the first in the industry to recycle fly line spools. I was surprised that they went the extra step using recycled materials for their new fly lines.
Personally, I loved fishing this line because it was almost effortless to cast. The Superflo technology allowed me to move this line with less resistance and cast further. While understanding these new technologies, Airflo has also introduced Ridge 2.0, allowing greater flexibility, reduced stiffness, and less friction when it moves through the guides of your fly rod. To our surprise, the line was quiet. It didn’t make much noise when making big casts to rising fish or stripping it through the guides. Additionally, the power taper really gives the distance you want and need, even fishing big articulated streamers. Not only did this line cast delicately, stripping your line in felt very smooth, it didn’t burn your fingers when getting a good strip set. My favorite component of this line is when you release your line into the water it laid flat, not having any discrepancies after fishing weeks in terms of the line sinking.
The Airflo Superflo Ridge 2.0 Power Taper has several assets for the construction of this line. Being 100% PVC free, this line has greater resistance to UV degradation, sunscreen, bug spray, and different floatants. This line also uses the Power Core technology Airflo incorporates, which makes the core low-stretch. Compared to other lines we have fished, we noticed this line didn’t stretch to other competing lines. This line also has been very durable for a long time. Some lines lose their power in a matter of weeks. The Airflo Superflo Ridge 2.0 Power Taper has lasted and will last for years. The alternate reason I love the Ridge 2.0 is that it has less aggressive ridges, is non-textured, and doesn’t pick up any dirt or sand in rivers or stillwater, maximizing its durability. I have noticed that I don’t have to clean this line much, with the excellent coating and the durability to resist dirt and grime.
Comparison to Competitors
Comparing the Airflo Superflo Ridge 2.0 Power Tapers to competing brands, I was very impressed with the accuracy and weight that the shooting head had. Precisely, Scientific Anglers has a lot of different options within textured lines. It might be for some people; however, this is where I see lines coated in dirt and grime and burned index fingers. Broadly, I believe this 5 weight Power Taper compares to the RIO Elite Grand, but the RIO Elite Grand line doesn’t have an aggressive shooting head on the line, and doesn’t have the weight like the Airflo Superflo Ridge 2.0 Power Taper had. I was worried about the weight of this line from Airflo when fishing dry flies and delicate emerger patterns. Comparing this line to RIO or Scientific Anglers, it does look a little bigger in diameter than other competitors. Airflo does come up with unique colors to their lines, something that I was certainly worried about, line color, and the weight of the line spooking rising trout.
Overall Specs and Features:
- Ridge 2.0 Tech makes it even easier to cast heavy loads
- 100% PVC Free construction
- Non-textured fly line
- Power Core
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