Fly lines

Fly lines

The big world of fly lines. A fly line finely tuned to the casting device facilitates the transport of the bait or assists the caster in casting. Fly lines are divided into line classes or casting weights. A distinction is made between those with a club (WF) or evenly running (DT) fly lines. Often one also fishes with weft heads and a running line. In addition, variants are offered floating or with different sink rates.
With backing = bottom line the space between reel and fly line is filled up, at the end of the fly line a fly leader is mounted. Polyleaders with different sink rates or a tapered leader are used. The fly imitation is tied to it.

Fly lines

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  1. ROYAL WULFF JWS Signature J3
  2. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Plus J3
  3. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Classic J3 2-tone
  4. ROYAL WULFF Ambush TT J3 floating
  5. ROYAL WULFF Ambush TT short J3 floating
  6. ROYAL WULFF Ambush Neutralizer
  7. ROYAL WULFF Ambush TT Clear Tip J3
  8. ROYAL WULFF Ambush Shooting Head
  9. ROYAL WULFF Bamboo Special
  10. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Sink Tip
  11. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Nymph Indicator J3
  12. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Bass J3
  13. ROYAL WULFF Saltwater Fly Line
  14. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Classic J3 orange
  15. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Classic J3 ivory
  16. ROYAL WULFF Triangle Taper Classic J3 olive
  17. OPST Lazar Running Line Orange
  18. OPST Lazar Running Line Green
  19. PIJAWETZ WF Superior floating
  20. OPST Pure Skagit Commando Heads
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Types - The little ABC of fly lines

Types of fly lines:

  • WF fly line: Weight forward - club line with integrated running line
  • DT fly line: Double Taper - constant in the middle and tapering to both sides.
  • Shooting head: a club or head
  • Running line: the thin extension for the shooting head

Fly lines are available with different sink rates:

  • F = floating - floating
  • I = intermediate - slowly sinking
  • S = sinking
  • FS = fast sinking
  • ESFS = extra super fast sinking - extra super fast sinking

Modern fly lines are designed for the specific application and the associated casting techniques. A distinction is made between one-hand, switch and two-hand lines. Length and weight of the clubs vary depending on the intended use.

E.g. special design for overhead casting with the dry fly or for roll or switch casting for fly fishing with the nymph, or for the transport of heavy lures when fishing with the streamer.


Traditional fly lines were made of silk. These were greased and used when fishing with traditional spliced fly rods. After fishing, you always had to dry the lines. Meanwhile, these special lines are again offered on the market

Modern lines are made of plastic. They have a core and are therefore very resistant. The outer sheath is also crucial. The quality is reflected in the buoyancy of the fly line. If the outer material is smoother, fewer water molecules stick to the fly line, less spray is created when pulling the fly line off the water and this means less visibility and unrest on the water surface. another quality feature is the clean unwinding of the fly line, the good stretch property. No curling when pulling off the reel.

Depending on the water temperature, different plastic compounds are used. There are stiffer and more flexible materials.

Matching fly line and fly rod - what to consider

When matching fly line and fly rod, the respective line class or casting weight must be taken into account. A harmonious cooperation and a certain balance is very important. A fly rod with line class 5 should also be equipped with a fly line of line class #5. Using lighter or heavier fly lines will change the presentation characteristics of the fly line. Either you feel the fly line too little, or the fly rod is overloaded by the higher line weight, or it often comes to uncontrolled touchdown of the fly line on the water when presenting.

WF = Weight Forward = Club Line

Corresponds to the most common type of line. The incorporated club at the beginning of the line ensures good unwinding or casting properties. A rod of line class 5, for example, is equipped with a WF line of class 5.

DT = Double Taper: The line is reinforced in the middle and tapers to both ends.

Due to the WF club development not so common anymore, in former times DT lines were turned around after wear of one side and the second end was further used. Nevertheless ideal line for beginners, because without club at the end strengthened technique and not as often force leads to success.

Line clubs/taper

Integrated at the beginning of the fly line, the club facilitates depending on the design, for example, the fine presentation, or the transport of heavier lures. E.g. stronger clubs are recommended for heavier lures. This facilitates the transport of the bait. In addition, depending on the use, pay attention to the length of the clubs. Overhead cast rather longer club, roll cast or switch wulf rather shorter club.

Shooting head and running line

These are now used for single-handed, switch and for two-handed rods, the weights of the shooting heads are matched to the weight class of the rods. Again, there are specially cut shooting heads for each use. The shooting head is mounted on the running line.

Shooting heads or Multi Tip systems

Shooting heads are used with one-hand switch and two-hand rods. They are transported with special casts. They are mounted on the running line. Shooting heads have different sink rates and can be easily exchanged. Multi Tip systems already have several heads or tips for exchange with different characteristics.

Loop & Junction

At the tip of the fly line is a loop connection, the so-called Loop & Junction. In modern fly lines, the loop is already integrated at the time of purchase. The leaders are mounted in this loop connection.

Sinking and floating fly lines

There are different sinking rates for fly lines. Basically, floating fly lines are easier to lift off the water than sinking fly lines. Depending on the type of water and depth, you need different sinking fly lines. There are subdivisions of floating, slow sinking, fast sinking, and extra fast sinking.

Choosing the right fly line & Which fly line to use for which fish?

When making this decision, you should answer the following questions in advance:

  • What water with what target fish?
  • How deep is the water and current speed?
  • How much space do I have on the bank when casting? Is only the roll cast possible?
  • Which baits do I have to carry? Weight?
  • All-round line, dry fly line, nymph line, streamer line?
  • Selection of the appropriate line - club for the particular use?
  • Line or shooting head with running line?
  • Line class, weight class?
  • Floating or sink rate?
  • Color selection helpful for certain water colors

Buy fly lines online - Pijawetz offers different price classes and materials

The company Pijawetz has been a specialist in fly lines for many years. Also in our fly fishing courses always an important topic. Materials and design of fly lines have changed extremely over time. When it comes to fly fishing lines, it is especially important to rely on a contact with experience. Choose from a variety of quality products, the model suitable for your use and your fly rod. We at Pijawetz would be pleased to count you among our satisfied customers. We are happy to assist you in choosing the right fly line.


Royal Wulff fly lines: The products have very high quality and special characteristics. Lee Wulff was the developer of the Triangle Taper = WF club fly line and at that time far ahead of his time. Known model names of the brand Royal Wulff are e.g. TTF Triangle Taper, Joan Wulff Signature, Triangle Taper plus and Nymphe Indicator, or Ambush or Bermuda.

OPST shooting head lines and running lines: The recommendation in the field of shooting heads, shooting head tips and running lines. Familiar names include Commando Heads, Pure Skagit, Floating and Micro Tips, Lazar running lines and Commando Smooth lines

Pijawetz fly lines: These WF fly lines have high quality and excellent price-performance ratio.


Which fly line to use for pike fishing?

For pike fishing you use fly lines with heavier line classes, which are specially designed for pike rods and transporting heavy lures. A recommendation are OPST Commando Heads = shooting heads with matching tips and running lines in different weights and variations.
A recommendation for pike fishing are Ambush lines from Royal Wulff. The clubs are specially designed to carry larger baits. The Ambush is available floating (club standard or club short, also in half line classes), or floating with a slightly sinking transparent tip, or as a shooting head with running line.

Which fly line should beginners use?

For beginners floating WF = weight forward = club lines are recommended. It is easier in the beginning to lift a floating line from the water than to fish with a sinking line.