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Floating (F) lines are used to fish with both floating and sinking flies. They cast easily, and their high visibility means the angler can always see the line's position on the water. They also indicate strikes very well. These all-around fly lines are the best for the beginner.

Sinking (S) lines are used with flies that sink. They are preferred when fishing deep waters, or when the angler wants to put the fly on the bottom quickly, such as when fishing fast, deep rivers or lake bottoms. Sinking lines sink at various rates, so the deeper you want to fish, the faster sink-rate you should get.

Intermediate (I) lines sink, but they do so very slowly. They are specialty lines, used when the angler wants to fish a fly just beneath the surface.

Floating with Sinking-Tip (F/S) lines, commonly called sink-tip lines, are also specialty lines. They are used for the same reasons as intermediate lines, but in situations where the angler wants to watch that part of the line that doesn't sink to indicate strikes. They're also easier to cast than intermediate lines.

The taper of a fly line refers to the line's shape and diameter, and there are five basic kinds:

Level (L) lines are the same thickness from end to end. While level lines are inexpensive, they don't cast well.

Weight-forward (WF) lines have a single taper on one end, but directly behind it is a thick section of line, behind which the line is level. Because much of the line's weight is concentrated in the first 30 feet or so, it casts easily and can gain momentum quickly when the angler wants to make a long cast.

Double-taper (DT) lines are tapered at both ends, with the middle section being a consistent

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