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Cortland Floating Shooting/Running Line
Cortland Floating Shooting/Running ...
4 Sizes available
Cortland Floating Shooting/Running Line is built from a braided nylon multi-filament core with a stiff, hard finish, making it incredibly sturdy. It is a reliable running line that shoots perfectly and will not get tangled when you are retrieving your prey. This quality running line is best suited for use with shooting heads or "chuck'n duck" fishing with split shot. There are two different sized loops welded on either end of the wire. One of the loops is extra-large and the other is standard-si...
$34.99
NewScientific Anglers Fluorocarbon Tippet - 100 m
Scientific Anglers Fluorocarbon Tip...
Scientific Anglers Fluorocarbon Tippet is one of the strongest fluorocarbon tippets to ever be created. With the highest knot strength and reliability compared to any other fluorocarbon tippet, you are sure to get the most bang for your buck!
$29.99
$23.99
NewAirflo Super-Dri European Nymph Fly Line
Airflo Super-Dri European Nymph Fly...
Airflo Super-Dri European Nymph Fly Line has an ultra-low-stretch core with a thin diameter umaking it perfect for the specialized technique of European nymphing. This super-thin line offers you maximum feel and sensitivity, while keeping drag to an absolute minimum. European Nymph Fly Line features Airflo’s Super-Dri coating so it floats well and repels dirt and grime. The bright orange tip allows you to keep track of line and any subtle trout bites. Airflo Super-Dri European Nymph Fly Line is ...
$59.99
NewScientific Anglers InShore Leader
Scientific Anglers InShore Leader
Clear
Scientific Anglers InShore Leader is a premium saltwater leader constructed of abrasion-resistant material that can withstand harsh fishing conditions. The leader begins with 7.5 feet of tapered Hard Mono AR leader that helps in turnover of larger flies. It features a premium 24 inch section of 40 pound fluorocarbon shock tippet that is nearly invisible to fish. The Scientific Anglers InShore Leader is made in the U.S.A.
$9.99
NewAirflo Salmon & Steelhead Polyleader
Airflo Salmon & Steelhead Polyleader
Airflo Salmon & Steelhead Polyleader is constructed with a level core to provide extra strength, then coated with a tapered polymer outer coating that provides mass and complete depth control. Anglers will get excellent turnover for heavy and bulky flies. Floating is deal for fishing bombers with the slow and fast sinking leaders and the extra fast sinking leader gets the flies as deep as possible.
$11.99
NewAirflo Trout Polyleader
Airflo Trout Polyleader
The Airflo Trout Polyleader excels at fishing stillwaters and larger rivers. This leader will expose anglers to many new techniques with its smooth taper for easy turnover of dries, nymphs, and streamers. The Trout Polyleader is constructed with a level core to provide extra strength, then coated with a polymer outer coating that provides mass and complete depth control. The Airflo Trout Polyleader covers the full spectrum of trout fishing situations.
$11.99
NewAirflo Light Trout Polyleader
Airflo Light Trout Polyleader
The Airflo Light Trout Polyleader is constructed with a level core to provide extra strength, then coated with a tapered polymer outer coating that provides mass and complete depth control. This leader has excellent shock absorbing and supple qualities to use on lighter lines. The floating, hover and intermediate leaders offer delicate presentations to spooky fish in lakes and creeks. Fish nymphs at depth without adding weight to the fly or shot to the tippet with the sinking leaders.
$8.99 - $9.99
NewAirflo Ridge Intermediate Running Line
Airflo Ridge Intermediate Running Line
2 Sizes available
Airflo Ridge Intermediate Running Line is constructed with a dual layer polyurethane, giving it a longer overall life and improved performance. The ridged construction helps to reduce friction in the guides and allows for easy cleaning. Ridged lines are also easier to grip when casting and setting your hook, plus they reduce tangling. Give Airflo Ridge Intermediate Running Line a shot! You will soon realize why this is the best shooting line on the market and the perfect compliment to any shooti...
$49.99
NewAirflo Miracle Braid
Airflo Miracle Braid
Fluorescent
Airflo Miracle Braid features a firm central core to offer less line tangles and snags. This high buoyancy braid excels at shooting and makes a great option for running and shooting lines. Airflo Miracle Braid won’t disappoint, it performs well in cold water applications and has a special texture surface to keep it floating and limp in cold weather. Great for spey fishing for salmon and steelhead. The bright fluorescent color helps you keep track of where the line is at all times.
$39.99
NewAirflo Tactical Copolymer Tippet
Airflo Tactical Copolymer Tippet
Airflo Tactical Copolymer Tippet is a super durable copolymer excellent for day-to-day techniques. The unique interlocking spool design with a color-coded band allows you to attach several spools together, so you’ll always be prepared out on the water. This Tactical Tippet is known for its diameter strength, and its consistent knotting makes it a favorite choice to use among anglers. Its low density is great for surface presentations.
$4.99
NewAirflo Forge Freshwater Fly Line
Airflo Forge Freshwater Fly Line
4 Sizes available
Airflo Forge Freshwater Fly Line utilizes all the latest technology to offer fly anglers a line that is budget friendly, yet high performing. This is an all-around line built from a super-strong, braided, core material, and is a great pick for all skilled levels of fishing and casting. Super-Dri technology gives it incredible water repulsion without ever needing to treat the line. Airflo Forge Freshwater Fly Line has a micro loop to help with a smooth transition to your leader and a versatile ta...
$54.99
NewAirflo Custom Cut Tip
Airflo Custom Cut Tip
The Airflo Custom Cut Tip is made from durable Power Core material with a protective polyurethane coating. This tip will sink ultra fast and makes an excellent choice for fishing steelhead. It has a color loop at both ends for easy use and quick sink-rate identification.
$19.99
NewAirflo FLO Tip
Airflo FLO Tip
Black/Blue
The Airflo FLO Tip is looped at both ends for an easy and smooth transition. This will help keep your casting smoother and in the target zone longer. The Airflo FLO Tip is a great option to use with mid-range spey and switch rods.
$26.99
NewAirflo Ridge Extreme Running Line
Airflo Ridge Extreme Running Line
2 Sizes available
Airflo Ridge Extreme Running Line features the Super Dri technology, giving this line incredible strength and slickness. This treatment ensures the line will float higher in water columns and casts much easier. The Ridge Extreme Running Line includes two Flexi Loops on both ends for easy shooting head changes. The Ridge technology reduces friction and gives the line toughness for long lasting durability. Airflo Ridge Extreme Running Line performs well in either freshwater or saltwater.
$49.99
NewAirflo Impact Flat Mono Running Line
Airflo Impact Flat Mono Running Line
2 Tests available
Airflo Impact Flat Mono Running Line has an oval shape to reduce the line from getting tangled and cuts down on friction. This line is made from durable monofilament and has a slick surface to improve on making longer casts. The bright colors increase its visibility in the water to track your line location.
$17.99
NewAirflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Tippet
Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Ti...
Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Tippet is made from 100% fluorocarbon to offer anglers a durable and an easy-to-knot line. The spool has a color-coded band to quickly identify the line out on the water. Plus, the interlocking spool system allows you to attach several spools together, so you’ll always be prepared with a variety of sizes. Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Tippet won’t disappoint. It is an excellent choice for chasing spooky trout or chugging streamers.
$14.99
NewAirflo SightFree Saltwater Fluorocarbon Tippet
Airflo SightFree Saltwater Fluoroca...
Airflo SightFree Saltwater Fluorocarbon Tippet is made from 100% UV resistant hard fluorocarbon. This is ideal for all saltwater fishing, plus heavy duty freshwater applications. The spool has an interlocking system to clip together, and for easy identification out on the water, spools have a color coded band. The Airflo SightFree Saltwater Fluorocarbon Tippet is reliable, easy to knot, and provides the ultimate consistency and strength.
$14.99
$11.99
Airflo Skagit Compact G2 Spey Fly Line
Airflo Skagit Compact G2 Spey Fly Line
10 Sizes available
Airflo Skagit Compact G2 Spey Fly Line was designed to fish with heavy tips and cast flies deep down in water columns with ease. The line is shorter in length with an increased rear taper, giving it the capability to produce tight and precise loops using less energy while casting. Airflo Skagit Compact G2 Spey Fly Line is durable and has the sensitivity, due to the high-float Super-DRI technology and low stretch Power Core.
$59.99
Airflo Skagit Scout Spey Fly Line
Airflo Skagit Scout Spey Fly Line
12 Sizes available
Airflo Skagit Scout Spey Fly Line is a great choice for single handed spey casting. The shorter length on the line provides efficient roll casting and spey casting when using a single handed rod. The short head will keep your fly in place for a longer period of time to make sure you hook as many fish. The Skagit Scout features a unique permanent line marking for easy identification and the supple polyurethane construction is flexible and long lasting. The Flexi Loop system utilizes an innovative...
$59.99
Airflo FLO Tip Kit
Airflo FLO Tip Kit
The Airflo FLO Tip Kit comes with four tips for your convenience of having what you need on hand, stored nicely organized in a zippered wallet. These tips are looped at both ends for an easy and smooth transition. The Airflo FLO Tip will help keep your casting smoother and in the target zone longer.
$119.99
Airflo Skagit F.I.S.T. Spey Fly Line
Airflo Skagit F.I.S.T. Spey Fly Line
8 Sizes available
Airflo Skagit F.I.S.T. Spey Fly Line is innovative triple density Skagit head that is made up of floating, intermediate, sink, and tip sections. The head’s rear floats high for improved drift tracking, transitioning to an intermediate-density middle section and a Sink-3 tip. This line was created to help anglers fish slower and lower, it allows the head to tip down in the water column and give from the fly to the tip of the rod. The unique construction Flexi Loop system utilizes actual fly line ...
$59.99
Airflo Scandi Long Shooting Head
Airflo Scandi Long Shooting Head
6 Sizes available
Airflo Scandi Long Shooting Head is the line that will give you greater distance and control once the line is on the water. This line is an excellent choice, due its ability to make perfect, delicate, and decisive presentations at longer range, with relatively small unweighted flies. The front and rear welded loops make it easy to make quick changes and adjust your sink tips. The unique line marking system will have you selecting the right weighted line quickly and get you fishing with no wasted...
$59.99
Airflo Delta Spey II Fly Line
Airflo Delta Spey II Fly Line
5 Sizes available
Airflo Delta Spey II Fly Line is long bellied and exhibits smooth casting strokes and delicate casting lengths. This line is perfectly balanced across the wide range of sizes in a dual color with a running line that improves your shooting ability.The low stretch braided Power Core adds suppleness and handling power even in the harshest of conditions for success hooking fish. The Delta Spey II features a permanent line marking system for easy identification and a Flexi Loop system for a durable s...
$99.99
Airflo Switch Streamer Spey Fly Line
Airflo Switch Streamer Spey Fly Line
5 Sizes available
Airflo Switch Streamer Spey Fly Line will help fly anglers of any skill level to cast more efficiently and effectively. This line was created to load switch and spey rods easy and quick to get you casting and on the water fishing. Featuring the Zone technology to improve line speed and increase your shooting power and Micro Loop to add a smooth transition from the main line to the leader. Airflo Switch Streamer Spey Fly Line has a destructive front taper with a shorter, heavier head designed to ...
$99.99
Airflo Switch Float Spey Fly Line
Airflo Switch Float Spey Fly Line
7 Sizes available
Airflo Switch Float Spey Fly Line has become the choice weight forward switch line among anglers. The Switch Float offer anglers a versatile taper line to be used with any switch rod making overhead and spey casting easy and perfect. The low stretch Power Core braid offers superior performance, in the harshest of conditions. Plus, the low stretch braid improves casting control, sensitivity and hook set. To make the Switch Float Spey Fly Line even better, it has the Airflo patented Super-Dri coat...
$99.99
Hardy Horizon Taper Series Fly Line
Hardy Horizon Taper Series Fly Line
7 Sizes available
The Hardy Horizon Taper Series Fly Line features an elongated head design with a graduated front taper, which allow for long-range casts with delicate presentations. This line provides a higher degree of line control when casting as well as smooth line movement while you fish. Other standard features include a welded tip loop and laser printed line ID.
$79.99
Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Long Fly Line
Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Lon...
5 Sizes available
Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Long Fly Line is yellow in color with 30 feet of clear at the tip. This line utilizes Power Core and Ridge technology to offer fly fishers a line that has minimal stretch for improved casting control and a protective coating to work well in high heat temperatures. The Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Long Fly Line has an outer ridge pattern that makes the line tangle free, tough, long lasting and almost disappears when it hits the water. At the end of the fishing d...
$89.99
Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Fly Line
Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Fly...
7 Sizes available
Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Fly Line is yellow in color with 12 feet of clear at the tip. The tip of this line floats and allows you to track flies without scaring the fish. This clear line has many features that anglers can trust to get the job done of hooking the fish. The Airflo Ridge Clear Tip Tropical Fly Line utilizes Power Core and Ridge technology to improve casting control and has a protective coating that works well in high heat temperatures. The outer surface of the line has a ri...
$89.99
Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Tarpon Intermediate Fly Line
Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Tarpon Inter...
3 Sizes available
Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Tarpon Intermediate Fly Line combines Ridge and Power Core technology to offer anglers a reliable and durable fly line to hook large fish. This combination gives the line suppleness to perform in the harshest of fishing conditions with minimal stretch and long term durability. Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Tarpon Intermediate Fly Line has superior casting control and quick hooking power that lets the fish know who’s in charge.
$89.99
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Tarpon Fly Line
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Tarpon Fl...
3 Sizes available
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Tarpon Fly Line is constructed with Super-Dri technology, a material that protects against dirt and water absorption, allowing the line to float better and shoot long distances. This line has a ridge coating that keeps the line tough enough for long term usage and reduces the lines surface area in contact with the rod guides. The Super-Dri and Ridge Technologies gives this line durability and strength to vastly improve your casting distance. Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Ta...
$89.99
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Bonefish Fly Line
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Bonefish ...
4 Sizes available
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Bonefish Fly Line has features that makes it a favorite among fly fishers who wants a line that is reliable and durable to hook the fish. This line is constructed with Super-Dri technology, a material that protects against dirt and water absorption, allowing the line to float better and shoot long distances. The Power Core technology has a minimal line stretch that offers suppleness and excellent handling performance to improve casting control, sensitivity and hook set....
$89.99
Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Bonefish Intermediate Fly Line
Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Bonefish Int...
3 Sizes available
Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Bonefish Intermediate Fly Line is constructed with the Ridge and Power Core technology to give long term durability and superior casting control. The Power Core attributes to the lines minimal stretch and giving it suppleness to perform in the harshest of fishing conditions. The Ridge technology reduces lines surface area in contact with the guides. Airflo Super-Dri Ridge Bonefish Intermediate Fly Line has an extended rear taper to keep more of the line in the air for grea...
$89.99
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Redfish Fly Line
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Redfish F...
5 Sizes available
Airflo Super-Dri Tropical Redfish Fly Line will provide fly anglers the success needed for tossing bulky flies to big fish. This line offers outstanding performance, even in extreme tropical temperatures. The low stretch of the power core braid improves sensitivity, hook set, and casting control. Other features include a ridge design to add toughness and durability, and micro loops to blend the main line with your leader. Super-Dri Tropical Redfish Fly Line has the perfect combination of power a...
$89.99
Airflo Forge Saltwater Fly Line
Airflo Forge Saltwater Fly Line
6 Sizes available
Airflo Forge Saltwater Fly Line is a moderate taper line perfect for fishing tarpon and bonefish. This line has the suppleness and performance to land the big one, even in extreme tropical conditions. The low stretch core and the ridge design add to the strength and durability, making it the line of choice, and at a price that will have you spending more time on the water.
$59.99
Airflo Chard Tropical Punch Fly Line
Airflo Chard Tropical Punch Fly Line
5 Sizes available
Airflo Chard Tropical Punch Fly Line delivers flies to the fish quickly and accurately by using updated technology. This line utilizes a Super-Dri material that offers protection against water absorption and dirt, allowing the line to float better and shoot far. The Power Core technology provides suppleness and handling performance with minimal line stretch. The Airflo Chard Tropical Punch Fly Line is the answer to get your fly to where the fish are hiding and stays in place until the fish is ho...
$89.99
Airflo Ridge Striper Fly Line
Airflo Ridge Striper Fly Line
11 Sizes available
Airflo Ridge Striper Fly Line provide toughness and unbelievable suppleness in the coldest conditions. This is line is a favorite among the Eastern Atlantic Salmon anglers because it’s easy to manage, has great floating, and superb casting capabilities. Airflo Ridge Striper Fly Line has minimal stretch for improved casting control, sensitivity and hook set. The line’s outer ridge pattern and coating add strength and durability for long term usage.
$89.99
Airflo Surf Fly Line
Airflo Surf Fly Line
2 Sizes available
Airflo Surf Fly Line has the ability to blend with the sandy water’s bottom with it’s unique head color feature. This line is constructed of the toughest materials around for strength to float better and shoot far. The Super-Dri technology protects against dirt and surface scum and water absorption and giving the line long term durability and use. This line utilizes the Power Core technology that has minimal stretch and gives the line a suppleness and handling performance even in the worst condi...
$89.99
Airflo Rage Compact Float Spey Line
Airflo Rage Compact Float Spey Line
11 Sizes available
Airflo Rage Compact Float Spey Line is designed to fish just near the surface and surfaces using a variety of rods lengths. This line helps fly caster of all skill levels when it comes to difficult situations, especially in windy conditions when you want toss a wide range of floating and sinking polyleaders. The Rage Compact features a versatile 50/50 taper to belly ratio for all around performance and a tip diameter that will straighten out almost any fly leader combination. The line is perman...
$59.99
Airflo Ridge Giant Trevally Fly Line
Airflo Ridge Giant Trevally Fly Line
2 Sizes available
Airflo Ridge Giant Trevally Fly Line is a 50 pound test core in either Super-Dri or Ridge. This line has more power with super strong welded loops to prevent big fish from taking off with your flies. The Super-Dri Technology increases the distance on each cast and the overall durability of the line, and floats like a dream. The Ridge Technology allow anglers to shoot line much more easily, and the reduced friction significantly decreases the amount of tangles. The Airflo Ridge Giant Trevally Fl...
$89.99
Airflo Beach Full Clear Intermediate Fly Line
Airflo Beach Full Clear Intermediat...
3 Sizes available
Airflo Beach Full Clear Intermediate Fly Line is constructed to cast well with both single or two-handed rods. This line offers an aggressive tip diameter that will have no problems handling longer leaders or heavy flies. Power Core technology provides minimal stretch and gives the line a suppleness for top performance even in the worst conditions.
$89.99

At a Glance: Fishing Line

Line is the general term for fishing line, which can come in many variations, all similarly designed to connect an angler to terminal tackle or lures and ultimately (hopefully), fish. Fishing lines were originally held by hand and thrown into the water. Eventually, we invented fishing tools to help cast, control and retrieve our lines. Most sportfishing lines are wound onto fishing reels attached to fishing rods which cast the line out and guide the line back onto the reel. The end of the line cast or released into the water can have lures and baits attached to attract and hook fish. Early lines were made of natural materials such as catgut and silk. Modern fishing lines are made from synthetic materials like nylon, Dacron, polyethylene and fluoropolymer PVDF, and have become highly specialized for use with modern fishing tackle.

Line can serve many purposes for an angler. Some lines are simply used as filler or backing on larger reels to fill up a spool to aid with casting distance and retrieval speed, or to provide additional length behind specialized lines such as fly lines. Backing can be relatively inexpensive and made of materials that are completely different than the mainline used for the actual cast and retrieve. Mainline is the fishing line typically found as the largest amount on a reel, which may or may not attach directly to the reel and lure, but is always deployed and retrieved. Lines can be colored to aid in better visibility for the angler to manage the line, while other lines are clear or colored in a way to make them invisible to fish. The strength of a line, or test, is measured at the breaking point of the line when pulled in opposing directions. The weight of a fish will not necessarily determine the test strength of line needed, as the line transfers energy to the rod and the drag of the reel will allow line to pull off as the pull from the fish increases. These factors allow an angler to use relatively light line for heavy fish. With all lines, the thickness will increase as the test strength increases. Lines available at FishUSA include monofilament, copolymer, braided & super, fluorocarbon, wire & lead core, ice lines, fly leaders and leaders & tippet. Line can be purchased in various spool lengths, ranging from 25 yard tippet spools up to 7,400-yard bulk spools and in test strengths of 1lb to 200lb tests.

Monofilament line is the oldest of the modern fishing lines. It is made of a single strand of nylon and is the most popular of mainlines due to it being the least expensive and most versatile. Copolymer lines are relatively newer and are made of two different types of nylon line combined, which stretches less than monofilament line and has even greater abrasion resistance than fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon can be used as a mainline also, but due to cost, it is very often used as a leader or tippet material for its abrasion resistance and near invisibility in water. Braided and super lines are made of multiple strands of a certain material that have been braided, or fused, together to form thin, low-stretching lines of superior strength compared to all other castable fishing lines. Wire lines are single-strand or braided lines of copper or stainless steel designed for both strength and weight for deep water trolling. Leadcore lines are also weighted lines, but have a braided Dacron outer covering with a single strand of lead inside. These are much more manageable than wire lines but do not sink as fast. Ice lines can be monofilament, fluorocarbon, copolymer or braided lines designed to stay supple yet strong in cold water. Fly lines are designed to cast relatively light flies out to great distances with a precise location yet soft landing.

Some fishing tactics call for leaders or tippets, which are shorter pieces of line typically of much different strengths and material than the mainline. This is most widely associated with fly fishing, but applies to many other tactics. Monofilament mainline can gain invisibility and abrasion resistance with a short piece of fluorocarbon tied on as a leader. It is entirely possible to catch large fish with sharp teeth while using a light mainline if a wire leader is used. Many anglers use a heavier mainline and much lighter leader material for fish which are considered “line shy,” meaning they tend to not bite lures tied to heavy, visible lines. Wire and lead core lines need to have softer, less visible leaders tied on to allow lures to behave as designed and to entice fish to bite. Fly fishing uses tapered leaders to allow for the line to turn over and make a soft landing with the fly. The very end section of tapered leaders can easily be replaced with tippet material to extend the life and effectiveness of the leader. Both leaders and tippet can be made of monofilament, fluorocarbon and even wire.

The top five brands of fishing line at FishUSA are Seaguar, PowerPro, RIO, Berkley and P-Line.