The new Airflo Flats Master fly line has been developed specifically for the Australian market by Manic Tackle Project alongside some key Australian saltwater fly experts Micah Adams, Dave Bradley and Clint Isaac.
Micah Adams states “I’ve found a good intermediate tip line to be the most useful all purpose tropical saltwater fly line for Australian conditions. The lines are perfect for fishing from a boat or wading and even in shallow water retrieve the flies close at a natural angle that keeps the fly in the fishes feeding zone for longer. Creating the Flats Master along with Airflo’s ultra durable Polyurethane coatings and new Super Dri technology makes this a must have line for every Australian fly fisher”.
The Flats Master features a 10’ fast intermediate tip (1.5 IPS), however unlike most intermediate tip lines on the market that feature a clear tip over a stretchy monofilament core the Flats Master is built using Airflo’s non stretch power core for maximum feel, improved hook sets and optimised casting power. Tester Dave Bradley from Australian Fly Fishing Outfitters points out “compared to many saltwater fly destinations which are based around bonefish, in Australia we tend to fish relatively large flies and the non stretch core is critical for setting the bigger hooks well”. The Flats Master features Airflo’s popular bonefish taper, Manic’s Rene Vaz states “we found the intermediate tip section delivers enough power to knock over heavy crab patterns without the need to move to a more aggressive taper which in turn would have created more shallow water issues by being too splashing and overpowering short casts”.
The belly and running line of the Flats Master are a pale sky blue colour whilst a light grey tinge to the clear tip helps it to disappear underwater and reduces the flash given off by clear tip fly lines. The Flats Master is available in weights 8 through to 10 to cover everything from in shore bream through to permit and other larger flats species.
|Total Length||Line Size||Head Length||Sink Rate||Colour|
|100ft/30.5m||WF8F/I||38.5ft||Float/ 10ft Tip 1.5ips||Clear Tip/Sky Blue|
|100ft/30.5m||WF9F/I||38.5ft||Float/ 10ft Tip 1.5ips||Clear Tip/Sky Blue|
|100ft/30.5m||WF10F/I||38.5ft||Float/ 10ft Tip 1.5ips||Clear Tip/Sky Blue|