Airflo Floating Line Matrix shows how each Airflo single-hand floating fly line compares to one another in regards to taper and head length. Lines are color-coded by their coating hardness rating. Blue indicates an ultra-supple coating, purple indicates a standard coating, and red indicates a tropical coating.
Front taper affects the line’s ability to turn over and present a fly. On one end of the spectrum, you have lines with long front tapers and narrow/thin tip diameters. These lines are ideal for delicately presenting small flies and excel at dry fly fishing. These are the lines you want when surface crash will disturb your target fish in to spooking.
On the other end of the taper spectrum are lines with short, aggressive front tapers and thick tip diameters. These are your lines for turning over big flies, streamers, and heavy nymph/indicator rigs. Freshwater lines featuring these tapers tend to do well as both big fly and nymphing lines.
Head length and rear taper affect the line’s ability to cast at long distances. A fly line maintains stability as it “unrolls” in the air, and a long rear taper can help delay turnover for maximum stability. As soon as a line straightens out in flight, it loses its stability and can “crash land” or veer off course. Lines with short heads are great for ease of casting, and can typically pick up and shoot to most fishable distances with one back cast. The longest heads take more experience and skill to use to their full potential, but offer much longer fishable distances with delicate presentation.