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NewScientific Anglers Spey Lite Integrated Skagit Intermediate Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Integr...
10 Sizes available
Looking for a dependant and accurate line to send your large flies downstream but confined with limited casting space? Chase trout and steelhead on the smallest streams with ease using Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Integrated Skagit Intermediate Fly Line. This versatile line is designed skillfully for single and two-handed rods, and the Ultra-short head makes turning over heavy tips and large flies effortless. The Ultra-short head also cuts out the worry of little casting room, ensuring you will ...
$89.99
NewScientific Anglers Mastery Jungle Titan Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Mastery Jungle T...
3 Sizes available
Throw the biggest of flies deep in the jungle with the Scientific Anglers Mastery Series Jungle Titan Fly Line. This fly line has been precisely designed for throwing big dries and streamers to jungle fish like peacock bass and golden dorado. The powerful head loads quickly and sends large flies to distant targets. Beat the heat with the incredible Tropi-Core technology that keeps the line slick and stiff in tropical environments.
$79.99
NewScientific Anglers Sonar Titan Sink Tip Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Sonar Titan Sink...
12 Sizes available
Scientific Anglers Sonar Titan Sink Tip Fly Line makes casting large streamers a breeze. This fly line is made two line sizes heavy for fast loading and delivering big flies to distant targets. The powerful and short head allows excellent turnover. The Scientific Anglers Sonar Titan Sink Tip Fly Line is the perfect streamer lie for boat and wade fishing.
$89.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Bonefish Saltwater Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth...
5 Sizes available
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Bonefish Saltwater Fly Line has been crafted to be the go-to line for bonefish on the flats. This line features Scientific Anglers' AST Plus slickness additive to provide superior shooting ability and durability. This fly line has a medium-length head for line control and precise casting at 60-80 feet. The revised taper is designed for delicate deliveries to skittish fish in clear water and is excellent for bonefish and permit.
$99.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth...
7 Sizes available
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam Saltwater Fly Line is the perfect all-in-one line for bonefish, permit, and tarpon. This Grand Slam Line features Scientific Anglers AST Plus slickness additive to provide superior shooting ability and durability. This fly line is composed of Tropi-Core technology to keep the line stiff and slick in all tropical environments. The short and powerful head turns over long leaders with heavy flies. Knock your tropical fishing out of the park with the Sc...
$99.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Titan Long Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth...
6 Sizes available
Do you want to throw big flies and catch big fish? The Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Titan Long Fly Line is exactly what you need! This amazing line gives you superior turnover with balanced line control thanks to its extended rear taper. Titan Line features Scientific Anglers's AST Plus slickness additive to provide excellent shooting ability and durability. The powerful head loads quickly and sends large flies to distant targets making it the ideal choice for bass, pike, carp, and throwi...
$99.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Anadro / Nymph Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth...
6 Sizes available
The Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Anadro/Nymph Freshwater Fly Line is the go-to for nymphing big rivers and still waters. The Anadro/Nymph Freshwater Fly Line features Scientific Anglers's AST Plus slickness additive to provide superior shooting ability and durability. This fly line is the best nymphing taper made by Scientific Anglers; utilizing a long rear taper for extended line control and long distance casting.
$99.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth...
6 Sizes available
Crafted with precision for delicate dry fly presentations, the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line will have you catching plenty of trout this season. The Trout Fly Line utilizes Scientific Anglers' AST Plus slickness additive to provide you with superior shooting ability and durability. This fly line is the best smooth, true-to-grain weighted line that truly excels when you're tossing dry flies and smaller nymphs medium-to-long distances. Chase the trout with perfection; use Scie...
$99.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Infinity Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth...
7 Sizes available
Change the way you look at your fly line with the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Infinity Fly Line! With five times less drag and eight times the durability of traditional lines, it is the highest-performing smooth fly line in the world. The Amplitude Smooth Infinity line is the do-it-all freshwater line, giving you the power to throw streamers far while remaining delicate enough for dry flies. Its extended head and front taper allows for long-distance casts and provides incredible mending ...
$99.99
NewScientific Anglers Amplitude Tropical Titan Saltwater Fly Line
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tropic...
7 Sizes available
Picture this: the sun is shining, you feel the ocean spray hit your face, and you're tossing huge flies with the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tropical Titan Saltwater Fly Line. Featuring the revolutionary AST PLUS slickness additive, the Tropical Titan Fly Line provides superior shooting ability than other saltwater lines. Comprised of two textures to double the effectiveness of each cast, this fly line has a floating camo tip with a shooting texture on the running line for the ultimate in power...
$129.99
NewCortland Trout Series Ultralight Fly Line
Cortland Trout Series Ultralight Fl...
5 Sizes available
Bring sensitivity and elegance to your fly fishing line supply with Cortland Trout Series Ultralight Fly Line. This freshwater line is carefully designed to give you a thrilling and satisfying leg up when reeling in trout with your ultralight rigs. It emphasizes a long front taper for very delicate presentations allowing you to cast with the most fragile of delicacy. This same long front taper also ensures a precise loop control for consistent and reliable casting.
$89.99
NewCortland Trout Series Trout Boss DT Fly Line
Cortland Trout Series Trout Boss DT...
5 Sizes available
Picky trout require bold choices when deciding what fly line to use to get control of the streams. Cortland Trout Series Trout Boss DT Fly Line will give you the power needed to be the boss of even the pickiest trout. Trout Boss DT boasts an aggressive front taper that loads quickly for short-range targeting. The long level body is excellent for roll casting at higher ranges. This fly line is crafted to be mended easily, making sure you can stay out in the streams chasing trout all day long.
$89.99
NewCortland Tropic Plus Bonefish Fly Line
Cortland Tropic Plus Bonefish Fly Line
4 Sizes available
Cortland Tropic Plus Bonefish Fly Line utilizes innovations that make it ideal amongst tropical and warm saltwater fly anglers. This line is reliable and strong enough to hook large fish. Bonefish Fly Line features an aggressive taper that loads rods smoothly for close ranges. The elongated rear taper produces excellent loop control when you need to send line at long range targets.
$99.99
NewRIO Sink Tip Series InTouch Big Nasty 3D Fly Line
RIO Sink Tip Series InTouch Big Nas...
6 Sizes available
Look no further for the perfect sink tip for casting large streamers! RIO InTouch Big Nasty 3D Sink Tip Line is built with front-loaded weight distribution to throw the biggest flies easily. This sink tip line features RIO’s Multi Density Control, a seamless blend of three densities to ensure the smoothest transition of energy when casting, and provide the best depth control. Made with an ultra-low stretch core for the maximum in sensitivity and performance, this line is the smoothest casting si...
$99.99
NewRIO Tropical Series DirectCore Jungle Series Fly Line
RIO Tropical Series DirectCore Jung...
14 Sizes available
Now you can enjoy the heat and fly fish like a native with RIO Tropical Series DirectCore Jungle Series Fly Line! Designed to withstand the heat of tropical and jungle destinations, this line is built on RIO’s low memory DirectCore that retains the stiffness needed to cast in hot conditions. DirectCore is also extremely easy to stretch and lies perfectly straight on the water. This fly line features a short, quick loading head for smooth casts and turnovers of giant flies. With a range of densit...
$119.99
NewRIO Tropical Series Winter Redfish Fly Line
RIO Tropical Series Winter Redfish ...
3 Sizes available
If you're targeting big gulf Reds in the fall and winter, RIO Tropical Series Winter Redfish Fly Line was designed for you. Featuring a short, powerful front taper, this fly line has no problem turning over large mullet or baitfish patterns. The short, easy casting head ensures the line loads up at close range. This line has a medium-stiff core with an ultra slick coating that will not tangle in colder conditions. Perfectly suited for winter fishing, RIO Tropical Series Winter Redfish Fly Line w...
$99.99
NewRIO Coldwater Series Coastal Quickshooter Fly Line
RIO Coldwater Series Coastal Quicks...
4 Sizes available
If you enjoy fly fishing off the coast in cooler weather, RIO Coldwater Series Coastal Quickshooter Fly Line was made for you. The Quickshooter Fly Line was designed with a short front taper so you can easily turnover a heavy baitfish or shrimp fly in coastal winds. Its supple core and ultra slick coating will not tangle in cooler conditions. This fly line features a short casting head to help the rod load at close range, allowing you to cast further every time. RIO Coldwater Series Coastal Quic...
$99.99
NewRIO Coldwater Series Coastal QuickShooter XP Fly Line
RIO Coldwater Series Coastal QuickS...
3 Sizes available
Designed for casting monster flies, the RIO Coldwater Series Coastal Quickshooter XP Fly Line is much heavier, with more weight at the front so you can cast them long distances. The Quickshooter XP Fly Line features a short front taper so you can easily turnover a heavy baitfish or shrimp fly in coastal winds. Its supple core and ultra slick coating will not tangle in cooler conditions. It features a short casting head to help the rod load at close range, allowing you to cast further every time....
$99.99
NewRIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Short Shooting Head
RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Short ...
16 Sizes available
Cast large flies and fast sinking tips with ease using the RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Short Shooting Head. Its unique weight distribution deeply loads rods for powerful casts, while the subtle taper design creates smooth, easy loops built for impressive distances. All RIO Skagit shooting heads are made with the ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the maximum in casting and fishing sensitivity. For the RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Short Shooting Head, RIO recommends using single-handed rods, swit...
$59.99
NewRIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Shooting Head
RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Shooti...
14 Sizes available
Cast large flies and fast sinking tips with exceptional ease using the RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Shooting Head. The RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Shooting Head is built on an ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for the maximum in casting and fishing sensitivity. Its unique weight distribution deeply loads rods for powerful casts, while the subtle taper design creates smooth, easy loops built for impressive distances. For the Max Shooting Head, RIO recommends using rods between 12 ft. 6 in. and 13 ft...
$59.99
NewRIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Long Shooting Head
RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Long S...
10 Sizes available
For the maximum in casting and fishing sensitivity, the RIO Skagit Series Skagit Max Long Shooting Head is built on an ultra-low stretch ConnectCore. Its unique weight distribution deeply loads rods for powerful casts, while the subtle taper design creates smooth, easy loops built for impressive distances. You will be able to cast large flies and fast sinking tips with exceptional ease using this Skagit Shooting Head. For the Max Long Shooting Head, RIO recommends using rods over 13 ft. 6 in. in...
$59.99
NewRIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Short Shooting Head
RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Shor...
14 Sizes available
Designed for effortless distance and great presentations, the RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Short Shooting Head is incredibly easy to cast. Built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore, this short shooting head provides excellence in casting control and sensitivity. Scandi style heads are pleasant to cast because their long, fine front tapers unroll with ease to remain stable and smooth throughout your casting stroke. Scandi heads are great for novice to average fly anglers and are the best opt...
$59.99
NewRIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Shooting Head
RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Shoo...
7 Sizes available
Designed for effortless distance and great presentations, the RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Shooting Head is incredibly easy to cast. Scandi style heads are pleasant to cast because their long, fine front tapers unroll with ease to remain stable and smooth throughout your casting stroke. Scandi heads are great for novice to average fly anglers and are the best option for casting in tight situations or on smaller rivers. Built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore, this shooting head provides e...
$59.99
NewRIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Body Shooting Head
RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Body...
9 Sizes available
By combining Skagit power with Scandi grace, the RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Body Shooting Head is the most versatile shooting head ever designed. Built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore, this floating shooting head provides excellence in casting control and sensitivity. This shooting head features a short Scandi body that can attach to a variety of different tips such as MOW or T tips. The RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Body Shooting Head is ideal for anglers that want to travel light, ...
$59.99
NewRIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Intermediate Shooting Head
RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Inte...
4 Sizes available
RIO utilizes a versatile body with an intermediate sink rate to bring you one of the most versatile shooting heads ever designed: the RIO Scandinavian Series Scandi Intermediate Body Shooting Head. Built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore, this shooting head provides excellence in casting control and sensitivity. The intermediate sink rate of 1.5 ips. allows you to keep your fly just above the weeds, looking like a tantalizing treat for hungry fish. This shooting head features a short Scandi...
$59.99
NewRIO Trout Spey Series InTouch Skagit Trout Spey VersiTip Fly Line Set
RIO Trout Spey Series InTouch Skagi...
4 Sizes available
With ultra-low stretch performance, the RIO Trout Spey Series InTouch Skagit Trout Spey VersiTip Fly Line Set is a complete system for casting sink tips or big flies on trout spey rods. Designed for anglers using light two-handed trout spey rods or regular single-handed fly rods, you'll be able to swing and strip streamers with exceptional ease. The RIO Trout Spey Series InTouch Skagit Trout Spey VersiTip Fly Line Set is ready to fish straight out of the box with it a shooting head, a balanced s...
$179.99
NewRIO Skagit Series InTouch Skagit Max GameChanger Shooting Head
RIO Skagit Series InTouch Skagit Ma...
33 Sizes available
Say Sayonara to weak casts and poor turnover with the RIO Skagit Series InTouch Skagit Max GameChanger Shooting Heads! These killer heads are perfect for casting large flies or sink tips. The GameChanger shooting heads feature RIO's proprietary Multi Density Control, a seamless blend of many different densities to ensure a smooth transition of energy when you are casting. This blend gives you the ideal depth control while fly fishing. Built with an ultra-low stretch core, each head provides you ...
$59.99
NewRIO Sink Tip Series InTouch Big Nasty 4D Fly Line
RIO Sink Tip Series InTouch Big Nas...
11 Sizes available
Designed especially for casting large and heavy flies, the RIO InTouch Big Nasty 4D Sink Tip Line is the best casting sink tip line ever made. Built with an ultra-low stretch core, the Big Nasty Sink Tip Line provides optimal sensitivity and performance. This sink tip line features a front-loaded weight distribution, giving you the ability to cast the biggest flies perfectly. Featuring RIO's Multi Density Control, a blend of four densities ensures a smooth transition of energy when you throw you...
$99.99
NewRIO Tropical Series DirectCore Bonefish Fly Line
RIO Tropical Series DirectCore Bone...
4 Sizes available
Cover more distance with the floating RIO Tropical Series DirectCore Bonefish Fly Line! For long, efficient casts, the Bonefish Fly Line features a long head and rear taper to smooth out the loop while the mid-length front taper allows for easy presentation. The Tropical Series Fly Line from RIO utilizes its proprietary DirectCore technology that provides stiffness and reduced memory in the hottest and most humid conditions. DirectCore lines lie perfectly flat, increasing your efficiency on the ...
$119.99
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Sufix Elite Premium Monofilament Li...
$8.99

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.