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Airflo Tropical Floating Clear Tip

DPrestonDPreston Senior MemberPosts: 153 Officer
Any one have a demo line or tried one yet? Ordered a 12# for tarpon season that is supposed to drop ship directly from Airflo around Jan 1st. Really looking forward to this line.

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  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Senior Member Posts: 2,422 Captain
    I was told that our lines shipped this week and that we should have them on the shelves soon. I'm not sure where you're at, but I know Rich had a chance to play with them in New Orleans a few months back. If you want a review he'd be the one to ask.
  • DPrestonDPreston Senior Member Posts: 153 Officer
    Sweet! I'm sure mine won't be far behind then. I'm in Miami...
  • DPrestonDPreston Senior Member Posts: 153 Officer
    Got it, used it a couple times over the last few days, and so far, love it! Want to use it a few more times in different situations first to be sure, but will probably be picking up a 2nd line for my other tarpon rod to replace the 12wt Ridge that is on there now. Casts great on 12# Sage xi2, zero tangles, and matches up really well with the Airflo 5' Tarpon floating polyleader, for a total of 17' of clear + leader. I just used the Airflo welded loops to attach the polyleader to the fly line and looped straight to class tippet. Casts great, simple system, and after pulling like hell on a 100#+ **** the polyleader held up this time around. Airflo usually does not disappoint and this line appears to be no exception!!
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Senior Member Posts: 2,422 Captain
    Glad to hear it. I just shredded a brand new ridge bonefish line so I'll be needing a 7wt.
  • DPrestonDPreston Senior Member Posts: 153 Officer
    If the lighter stuff preforms as well as the 12wt, I could see myself using this line ahead of the Ridge for several applications...it seems like fish are getting spookier by the day down here.
  • RCarbonRCarbon Senior Member Lakeland / Little GasparillaPosts: 256 Officer
    What is the concensus on Ridge Tropical "clear"? I see they have one that is completely clear. Would this be a good choice for Tarpon or would the "clear tip" get the nod because you could track the line better than totally clear line.

    I'm using the "mule dung brown" Airflo Ridge on every stick from 7wt - 11wt now...

    Thank you!
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Senior Member Posts: 2,422 Captain
    RCarbon wrote: »
    What is the concensus on Ridge Tropical "clear"? I see they have one that is completely clear. Would this be a good choice for Tarpon or would the "clear tip" get the nod because you could track the line better than totally clear line.

    I'm using the "mule dung brown" Airflo Ridge on every stick from 7wt - 11wt now...

    Thank you!



    You might have to wait until spring before you get any kind of reliable feedback on either one. I have a cortland PE Liquid line on a 9wt and it drives me up a wall trying to track my line. If I pick up either of the two lines it will be the clear tip, and hopefully the running line isn't baby poo brown.
  • DPrestonDPreston Senior Member Posts: 153 Officer
    Joe the idea behind the clear tip is it allows them to coat the rest of the line with teflon, which prevents tangles. For some reason they can't use teflon on the clear. Not to mention the tracking issue. ODC the running line is day glow yellow - I think I like it okay but it is REALLY bright.
  • RCarbonRCarbon Senior Member Lakeland / Little GasparillaPosts: 256 Officer
    ODC and DPreston,

    I'm going to try this line on one of my 11wts. Is the clear tip close to the weight class or is it 1/2 line wt. heavier. I'm on the fence between the 11wt and the 12wt. I want the rod to load quickly with minimum false casts and be able to fire casts into the wind... I don't mind going up a weight to achieve these results.

    I'm using Scott STS 11wt. rods if that matters..

    Opinions on which line weight to choose....
  • DPrestonDPreston Senior Member Posts: 153 Officer
    Joe, good talking to you you this AM and looking forward to the new gear! Not sure if the WF section of this line is under rated or not and unfortunately tossed the box. I have thrown the 12wt on a 12wt Sage xi2 and a 12wt CC Pro-1 and it throws about how I would hope/expect on both. The recent days I was out and throwing it were pretty calm so I was not firing into the wind, but it feels like an aggressive enough taper that it should pack the needed punch for the type of fishing you're talking about. I haven't cast the Scott but unless it is a slower blank I would probably go with the 11wt as it should get the job done and allow you to make a more subtle presentation when needed.
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Senior Member Posts: 2,422 Captain
    I picked up the ridge tropical clear tip in WF/7/F today, and took it out on the water this afternoon. It was nothing like what I was expecting. The stiff clear tip section is nice, the taper is nice, but the running line is an issue. I've never seen so much stretch in a line before, and it has a soft/tacky feel to it. Casting wasn't a problem, it's a very well behaved line despite being a mono core. The jury is still out, I remember other lines that took some getting used to that are now some of my fav's.
  • ghostghost Member Posts: 40 Deckhand
    I've been using that line in both 7 & 8wt for months now and like them A LOT. The clear tip effectively 'extends' your leader by cutting down on the length of leader you need since there's so much less line to see. That's great on windy days or in gin-clear and shallow water.
    I read Florida Fly Fishing :cool:
  • saltybumsaltybum Senior Member Sunny Central east coastPosts: 1,696 Captain
    Question for you guys that have had a good bit of use on this new line.
    How true to weight are they? Any need to over line for a six or eight weight fast action rod or go with rods recommended weight?

    Thanks
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Senior Member Stuart, Fla., Veracruz, Mx.Posts: 2,283 Captain
    saltybum wrote: »
    Question for you guys that have had a good bit of use on this new line.
    How true to weight are they? Any need to over line for a six or eight weight fast action rod or go with rods recommended weight?

    Thanks

    Good question Salty....
    I would also like to know if there are any new knot coatings that y'all use now. The old dinosaur was pliobond but with a clear connection, it would help to have a clear coating. A dark "knot" being retrieved through the water, seemingly by itself, is sure to attract baby barracudas and sennets. I have had these critters attack my knots before and with devastating results.

    Finally, I would like to know if there are any new techniques for attaching leader butts to fly lines with mono cores. For weights 10 and up, I always used to sacrifice about 6-8 inches of the flyline tip and strip it to the core. I then put a surgeon's knot in the permanent leader butt and essentially tied a huffnagel connection. It worked flawlessly for many years. I am leery of **** loops, although I use them in lighter weights with braided cored lines.

    What is the pound-test rating/diameter of these mono cores? 30 lb.? Does this change between the lighter and heavier weight lines? Talking the Airflo lines here.

    If I switch to a mono core in the lighter weights and the core diameter is the same, I might go back to a variation of my original connection: This time strip about 3 inches of line tip and tie the surgeons' in that, instead of the leader butt. Then I will put the leader butt through the surgeon's knot and nail knot it over the fly line behind the surgeons. The surgeon's knot will then be tightened with pliers and act as the "stop" to prevent everything from slipping off. Of course, lighter lines mean lighter tippets and there is much less pressure being exerted on this connection. (That is, unless you are fishing for squirrels in the mangroves.)

    Finally finally, (whew!) Where are you Florida folks getting your lines from? Factory direct? I see there are no dealers in the SE.
    .......Rick
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Senior Member Posts: 2,422 Captain
    Permit Rat wrote: »
    Good question Salty....
    I would also like to know if there are any new knot coatings that y'all use now. The old dinosaur was pliobond but with a clear connection, it would help to have a clear coating. A dark "knot" being retrieved through the water, seemingly by itself, is sure to attract baby barracudas and sennets. I have had these critters attack my knots before and with devastating results.

    Finally, I would like to know if there are any new techniques for attaching leader butts to fly lines with mono cores. For weights 10 and up, I always used to sacrifice about 6-8 inches of the flyline tip and strip it to the core. I then put a surgeon's knot in the permanent leader butt and essentially tied a huffnagel connection. It worked flawlessly for many years. I am leery of **** loops, although I use them in lighter weights with braided cored lines.

    What is the pound-test rating/diameter of these mono cores? 30 lb.? Does this change between the lighter and heavier weight lines? Talking the Airflo lines here.

    If I switch to a mono core in the lighter weights and the core diameter is the same, I might go back to a variation of my original connection: This time strip about 3 inches of line tip and tie the surgeons' in that, instead of the leader butt. Then I will put the leader butt through the surgeon's knot and nail knot it over the fly line behind the surgeons. The surgeon's knot will then be tightened with pliers and act as the "stop" to prevent everything from slipping off. Of course, lighter lines mean lighter tippets and there is much less pressure being exerted on this connection. (That is, unless you are fishing for squirrels in the mangroves.)

    Finally finally, (whew!) Where are you Florida folks getting your lines from? Factory direct? I see there are no dealers in the SE.



    PM, try knot sense from loon. It's a UV cure adhesive that dries clear. The strength of the core is going to vary depending on the weight of the line, so you would have to talk to the right people at airflo if you want the approximate breaking strength for each individual line you're curious about. I know the airflo ridge tarpon wf/f/11wt has a breaking strength of 37lbs, but it's not monocore. And getting them isn't much of a challenge in my area, we have trop. ridge lines, trop. ridge clear, trop. ridge clear tip, delta clear, 40+ expert distance. 40+ extreme distance, ridge GT, and miracle braid running lines at HG's. I have no idea why we aren't listed as a retailer.
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Senior Member Stuart, Fla., Veracruz, Mx.Posts: 2,283 Captain
    Thanks ODC and sorry for the late reply. We had a power surge here, that fried my internet modem....had to get a new one. I'll be stopping by Harry's in a month or so, as soon as I can take inventory.
    .......Rick
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