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Doing some line testing on grass this morning with a howling crosswind. I'd be out fishing but the t-storms last night has the river utterly blown. Might as well put in some grass time instead.

So I'm testing a budget line with a distance taper up against an Airflo Super-Dri Trout taper, both in an 8 wt., on a Loomis Shorestalker 8'8" - 8 wt.

The Super-Dri line has Zone technology which means that Airflo changes the coating depending on the position in the line. The tip is high float, the next 30' or so is very supple, followed by the haul zone which is harder and stiffer, with the whole thing Ridged. The haul zone starts at the end of the belly, beginning of the rear taper, around 36' and carries on for another 30'. The line uses a low stretch core. In theory, the stiff haul zone of the Super-Dri should allow me to carry more line, haul with less resistance, while the supple front end should enable tighter loops. The Ridges should enable a better shoot.

The budget distance line is fairly stiff on a regular core, no change anywhere in coating. It's a nice line and much better than some of the other budget lines I've tried over the years. I'd definitely fish this line, while some of the others I've had were only fit for tying up our tomato plants.

The budget distance line has a head about 55' and it's no problem aerializing the whole thing in a series of false casts using a haul.

The Trout taper is only 42' long so aerializing as much as the distance taper in a series of false casts should be a problem, but it wasn't. That stiffer haul section let me false cast with about 10'-15' of running line out of the guides without the cast collapsing. Not only that, but it was actually a tad easier.

No matter what casting sorcery I tried with the budget distance line, I couldn't really tighten up the loops. In theory, the supple front end of the Super-Dri should throw a tighter loop and it was actually visible. As the energy flowed from the haul zone into the front end, I could see the loops tightening up considerably. I could throw a tighter loop with the Super-Dri without paying any attention to loop size, versus the budget line where I had to bear down and concentrate to throw a reasonably tight loop.

The Super-Dri actually went a tad farther when going for distance, despite the taper not being optimized for distance casting.

So that Zone technology stuff actually works and isn't just a fancy name for a colour change.
 

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interesting. I have found that if you shoot line on the back cast you can actually carry a great deal of line in the air and not have it collapse. My all time favorite dry line is the Wulff TT which does not have a really long head - could be 40' but I can pretty easily carry another 20 to 25 feet of running line before a final shoot
 

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interesting. I have found that if you shoot line on the back cast you can actually carry a great deal of line in the air and not have it collapse. My all time favorite dry line is the Wulff TT which does not have a really long head - could be 40' but I can pretty easily carry another 20 to 25 feet of running line before a final shoot
Ya, a lot of us do that especially when we're fishing off the beach for stripers.

I was slipping line into the backcast then carrying that for a half dozen or so false casts before launching the forward cast. Normally that would be an adventure, especially with the crosswind yesterday, but the stiff haul zone made it a piece of cake.
 

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Super Dri sounds good. Is this the Super Dri Elite - Airfo's go-to trout taper?

I've been considering the Super Dry River and Stream but can't find specifics on the taper lengths and weights. Currently I'm casting either Salmon/Steelhead tapers or short compacts (Ambush and 40+) for small streams.

I haven't cast a ridged line in years due to having one split length-wise for approx 10 feet within that hauling zone.
 

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Super Dri sounds good. Is this the Super Dri Elite - Airfo's go-to trout taper?

I've been considering the Super Dry River and Stream but can't find specifics on the taper lengths and weights. Currently I'm casting either Salmon/Steelhead tapers or short compacts (Ambush and 40+) for small streams.

I haven't cast a ridged line in years due to having one split length-wise for approx 10 feet within that hauling zone.
It's the Xceed model, should've mentioned that. The Elite has the same features in more of a presentation type taper. The new tough, stiff coating on the haul zone is intended to be far more durable, so I doubt that you would see such an issue again. I'd also check the guides for a small burr or groove as that'll wreck a fly line pretty quick.

I have the River and Stream in a 4 wt. - very nice dry and wet fly line that Spey and roll casts as well as it goes overhead. It uses the same type of Delta taper found on the 40+ Expert, Sixth Sense and older Delta models.

The line is 90' overall with a 46' head. The tip is 1' followed by a 19' front taper with a 16' belly and a 10' rear taper. Basically a mini-Spey line.
 
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I think if you double-check you'll find that the Exceed and Elite are 90' but the River and Stream is 105'. I found that out when I tried to put a 4 weight R&S on the same spool I had used with my 4 weight Elite and it didn't come close to fitting. Part of that is the taper, but the other part is the extra 15' of running line. I agree that all three of those are superb lines. I'm sure the others in the series, the Mend and the Distance are, too. I just haven't tried them yet.
 

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Peter,
I think if you double-check you'll find that the Exceed and Elite are 90' but the River and Stream is 105'. I found that out when I tried to put a 4 weight R&S on the same spool I had used with my 4 weight Elite and it didn't come close to fitting. Part of that is the taper, but the other part is the extra 15' of running line. I agree that all three of those are superb lines. I'm sure the others in the series, the Mend and the Distance are, too. I just haven't tried them yet.
The box says 90', but I think you're right as it does take a lot of room. I have all but the Mend and they're the first trout lines in a long time that have really made me sit up and take notice. The Distance Pro makes for a nice long belly line for a switch rod.
 
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