However, when you figure out how it's done it will absolutely fly! Fine running-line follows the taper from the belly which is relatively short. The Barrio SLX is a floating line, however, the same taper has now been applied to an intermediate version called the Barrio SLXi, though this no longer seems to be listed on the Barrio site. That probably sounds like I'm being pedantic, but hopefully it suggests the terms we use when talking about fly lines are not always handy. At the front the taper seems about 6ft and the tip is slender. IMHO level leaders suck! According to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine, the Barrio SLX is a fraction heavier than a standard fly line of the same weight rating. For roll and Spey casting I found the rear taper and the SLXi performs beautifully. The short head also matches shorter rods rather well - and, of course, shorter fly-rods are typically used when fishing at short range. This is not an ultra-high floating line and after some time - as with just about all floating fly-lines - the tip seems to get soaked and floats slightly less well. Then comes the end of the WF head. When Mike Barrio's new SLX line turned up the timing could not have been better as I was meeting a bunch of anglers where I work to mark the start of the river season down here in Devon. With a flick I can roll the head, co-ordinate that with a haul and I can shoot line. I went for the more subtle olive version. © Fly and Lure Barrio Fly lines Estimated reading time 4 - 6 minutes On the spool these feel slick, very slick indeed. Two sizes here, LA34 and LA56, the codes suggest the line sizes for each. Barrio SLXi Intermediate Fly Lines. Barrio Switch. Both samples are WF7F lines. I even use it when I take the bairns out for the rainbows in the summer evenings. Presentation was a primary design concern. Winning bid: £30.00 [ 18 bids] No additional import charges on delivery. It's designed for fishing for sea trout and salmon on rivers using single handed rods, especially using spey style fly casting techniques. ). It's also a handy fly line for casting big trout flies on stillwaters. Although this is a WF line - which some folk wrongly take to mean a distance line - I think it's fair to say the Mallard was not designed primarily with distance in mind. Compared to a WF line I really can't say presentation was any different at short range. Line Tappers: The Piscifun Sword is a weight-forward fly line that can probably found in most of the standard fishing lines. Find Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge boats for sale near you, including boat prices, photos, and more. The biggest of my trout flies were certainly no problem for this line. Messages 2,442 Reaction score 20. 7 talking about this. Barrio SLX #4 R-O-C-K-S !! Barrio fly line reviews covering the full range of Mike Barrio's good quality and cost-effective fly lines, spanning everything from the GT90 to the Mallard and Smallstream. I'm tempted to say the SLX makes casting easier, but that's maybe a slight exaggeration. The olive version has a darker head and a paler cream running line so you can see where the head is when you want to cast, the orange one has a brightly coloured head and a paler cream running line. © Copyright www.flylineshop.com all rights reserved. This is an unassuming line, nothing is dramatic. 13 talking about this. Winning bid: £30.00 [ 18 bids] No additional import charges on delivery. That long front taper means this is set so more of the weight is near the rod tip. I use a Barrio SLX line on it for the salmon and grilse and find it over head, rolls and Spey casts. Of the two I'd have the SLX first as I think it's unsurpassed as a fishing line. Magnus reviews the Barrio Fly Lines Large Arbour Reels. From the moment that head reached the tip ring, I seem to have more control with the DT. A great presentation line, ideal for when space is tight and accuracy matters A 'standard' WF line, with a head of around 40ft, makes it easier to carry a few yards of running line and smoothes that jump. )? Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, this versatile fly line is for all-around trout fishing. Interesting profile, the SLX diagram shows a 24.5ft front taper to a 4ft belly, followed by a short (4.5ft) rear taper with an 'additional' 12.5ft taper behind the head. ( That 'punch' is about the tip thickness more than the rate of taper. The SLXi now features a new braided core and coating, which help to make the line more supple. The tip turns a decent length of a muscular tapered-leader very neatly, in fact turnover seems to take care of itself. The new Barrio SLX fly lines have now passed the research and development stage and should be available from stock towards the end of this month, or early in February. With the WF I need to shoot line, with the DT I simply aerialise more. Terms and conditions | Turnover is smooth and relatively gentle. This head length feels tidy, with a 9ft rod this feels handy and responsive. It loads easily and casts really well at a variety of ranges. The line tip floats well enough, that bit of any line is always the least buoyant part of any line so it's as expected. I can have the same line with an orange head, visible but loud, maybe I'll just get out a marker pen. The GL90 is a ‘distance’ casting line with a taper that enables a decent amount of line to be aerialised. The combination of the individual fly line reviews and the "Recommended Lines" chart is all I need to provision my rod collection. The list diameters seem right - according to my clumsy digital caliper. For fishers who work on their casting, who can carry a long line and like to carry a long line and throw a floating WF line as far as possible this is pretty close to ideal. An excellent 'all-around' floating fly line at a very reasonable price! This is clearly designed for covering single handed spey casting with ease whilst allowing for easy overhead casting. The heaviest they do is a 7 or 8 wt. Casting overhead if I don't look and find the head, I automatically want to carry a little more, it'll take some discipline to break that bad habit. It's rather different to a regular weight forward fly line. Extra weight on the end of the floating fly fishing line also helps with turnover so that flies are correctly presented on the water. Then, assuming I can false-cast a long line that extravagant rear taper does all it can to help me, so the mass of line builds up slowly, the taper smoothing waves and wiggles from my rod helping me carry a long, long line, more than I can handle with my more conventional WF lines. Learn more- opens in a new window … The Barrio SLX, for example, is a Spey weighted style of line. I can't see past it. Casting overhead, the running line has enough mass and 'body' to let me throw a very long back-cast - far more than 33ft - which helps me throw a long forward cast. The Barrio SLX costs £36 including free worldwide shipping. Obviously it excels with roll and other spey style casts, where no particular changes are required to your casting action. My maximum carry has the handling line just outside the tip, that yielded my maximum distances. The idea was to produce a reasonably priced fly-line in a style reasonably normal anglers will want. On a 'normal' WF line, the rear taper smoothes a change from thicker, heavier line to lighter, thinner running line. I described that 140ft line as ambitious - I doubt many of us need lines that long. Troutcast is clear monofilament, the finish seems more satin than glittering gloss. These are inexpensive lines but feel great, float well and fish very well indeed. Hmm, off the top of my head I can think of only two characteristics where a long-belly line (DT or WF) may have an edge - pick-up and brute distance. I bought a Barrio Mallard sinktip in #7 but it was too light, Mike Barrio exchanged it for a #8 (excellent service) and it was nice to use, indeed if I was to start using that rod again it would be with this line! Had I felt more comfortable carrying a longer line it would've thrown farther. We won't spam you. The taper is placed after 43-50Ft from the starting of the line & depending on the size you choose. Thanks for the rapid delivery of a superb line. I have been using the Barrio GL90 and the SLX fly lines each in #5 and #6 weights for Lake and Estuary fly fishing here in Victoria. Also called level. Loop control is excellent if you do this, but if you overdo the amount of overhang you have outside the tip it can become much harder to control and your loop can collapse. Fly fishing diary: July 2020. This is a 6-weight line, the dimensions used to classify a #6 line are extremely simple, almost primitive really, the front 30ft should weigh close to 160 grains or 10.4 grams. This is the case for your fly-fishing outfit. Privacy policy | See our privacy policy for details. Actually you can cast the Smallstream that way, but it's a lot easier and casting is more accurate if you get used to the head length, find the sweet spot and shoot the rest of the line. At 33ft this line weighs 12grams, so at the AFTM standard 30ft this 5-weight weighs approximately 10.9grams; therefore, technically, this is a #6 line. * For customer reviews and feedback, please see individual product information pages *. I have two samples here, 0.18mm (6.24lb or 2.83kg BS) and 0.14 (4.31lb or 1.96kg BS), diameters and strengths match the co-polymer tippet I normally use. The front end of the GT125 serves the needs of fishing pretty well, loops turn over smoothly and cleanly. In fact, with a DT5 if I false-cast 60ft of fly line, which I often do, the line in the air weighs more than 18grams. We probably all know the differences - DT is one long belly with a taper at each end - WF is a shorter belly with thin running line at the back and front taper at the pointy end. At short and medium range I'd say the turnover seemed sweet and accurate rather than punchy, most likely down to the diameter of the tip. My default lines float, replace those with a slow intermediate and it cuts through wind a fraction better, then gets down under the water surface where it is not being blown into a belly, so my flies are not being dragged about, and I have a sporting chance of feeling a bite. Awesome casting I get from this line. Turnover is 'punchy' so my leader straightens consistently and, this being a floating line, the GT90 floats predictably. Troutcast is available in 8 diameters, from 0.28mm to 0.12mm (roughly 3lb to 14lb BS). In this episode Mike "Mossy" Brown shows you how to weld custom loops into your fly lines and sink tips. I'd describe the turnover as 'punchy', fit a thin leader and the tip kicks over, fit a tapered leader or a thick-butt to a long stepped leader and the energy in that kick becomes exactly what I need to straighten leader and tippet. The tip tapers down gradually to aid presentation, but there's a noticeable difference in the thickness of the front taper and the belly. With a thick butted tapered leader to transfer the energy from the line down to the fly they turn over big flies with ease. The drag adjusts in clicks, the range ( throw ) from fully off to as tight as I can go is exceptionally long, I really can tune this drag to just the resistance I want. While we won’t get into the CF Disc line too much in this review, as we haven’t ridden it yet, it’s worth noting that Canyon says this bike is only 0.2 watts slower than the bikes that Patrick Lange and Jan Frodeno rode to world championship titles. This stuff helps a fly line float, the silicon in the compound should also preserve the PVC on a fly line. On water the Mallard lives up to its name, the belly is positively buoyant. Locate Sea Ray boat dealers and find your boat at Boat Trader! Versions of that profile are well established, that taper describes most modern WF salmon lines and a good number of trout lines. While these fly lines are most likely to be used on rivers for salmon and sea trout on single handed rods, they're also good for casting big, bulky flies for trout on stillwaters. The perfect leaders and tippets help the fly to turn over and are invisible to the fish, yet strong enough to catch them. We used a digital micrometer, which is the only way to get an accurate reading. As this line disciplines me I false-cast less extravagant lengths, for a change I actually want to know where the rear of the head is. I can almost hear one or two purists grinding their teeth at this point, however, the simple fact is that 10.9g and 12g are well within the range of mass I normally cast with DT or long-belly #5 lines. Like other Barrio fly lines, the SLX is soft, supple, slick feeling and has very little memory, so it's great to use. It also features low stretch braided multifilament cores that offers stiffness and strength. Knot strength seems good and consistent. Too much, and the line gets out of shape and out of control; too little and the head bumps the tip ring when we haul. Lift the head and it shoots freely. Without a high-quality fly line, it’s very unlikely that any angler will have a successful fishing trip. The spool moves freely and silently spinning 'line-inwards' and silently and smoothly 'line-outwards'. 13 talking about this. This feels smooth, supple and very limp indeed. I have a quick question in regards to my outgoing flight from Seville to Madrid, then Madrid to Chicago. Barrio Fly Lines, designed in Scotland, cast with confidence all over the world. After the thick front taper, there's a 4' belly and a 4.5' rear taper, which works a bit like the handling line you might use with a shooting head. Let go and it flies. Fishery owner Mike Barrio brought together a small group of local anglers and a leading UK line maker. Amongst other casts and stuff what really impressed was performance into a fairly stiff breeze - it fairly zipped into the wind. Barrio Intermediate. We're told that DT lines offer better presentation while WF lines are 'for distance'. When this came in I went through the recommended cleaning regime for Barrio floating fly lines with Mike Barrio. You may unsubscribe at any time. Very unusual in a reel at this price.". The blurb lists the head length as 33ft which I think is right because that 'additional' taper acts more like the handling line I might put between a shooting head and thin shooting line. A well-made floating fly line allows you to set the float wherever you want. Oh, and I can use these reels in saltwater! This fly line has been designed with a longer head and a big diameter which makes it suitable for a proper cast. To my mind the length of this line and the rear taper means it is designed for casting a full WF floating line as far as possible - at times! The Barrio Smallstream fly line has a much shorter head than a typical fly line. Details about BARRIO SLX FLY LINE WF7# FLOATING NEW IN BOX See original listing. The length and weight of the head seems to me to suit the rods I tried, this is not trying to pack the head-weight of a #5 line into a shorter head - so my rod is nimble. Mike Barrio and Ralf Vosseler work together on the specification, the reels are made in Germany by Vosseler - to a very high standard indeed. This is certainly a long fly line. This is attached smoothly to a very fine and slick running line measuring 57' in length. Besides, the price on the 406 is very attractive. According to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine, the Barrio SLX is a fraction heavier than a standard fly line of the same weight rating. Below is a collection of our most popular lines. Some time back we featured the Barrio Outcast. The overall head length is 30′, but weight is distributed to the front half of the taper, so the line “pulls itself” out of the rod tip and delivers the fly effortlessly. Barrio ISS Spey Fly Lines. Lines which suddenly jump from thick to thin line, i.e. RIO Creek Fly Line | $80. This actually makes casting a fair bit easier and suits my rod (an Orvis Helios) very well. The Barrio SLX, for example, is a Spey weighted style of line. Barrio Fly Lines, designed in Scotland, cast with confidence all over the world. With the leader and tip of the fly-line on water, I have most of the weight close to the rod tip, when I make my casting stroke my rod moves the heaviest portion of the head, which then drags the lighter part behind it. I've only used the WF6 Barrio SLX and this is great for turning over big bulky flies. These lines have been developed in Aberdeenshire in the north of Scotland, surrounded by famous rivers such as the Don, Dee and Spey. 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