Almost any trout line can handle bluebird skies, a gentle breeze, and temps well above freezing. But how does a line handle the exact opposite of all those conditions? Well, that’s precisely what I set out to explore when I got my hands on Airflo’s newly designed SuperFlo Power Taper trout line.
Why would you want to fish, let alone test a line in the middle of winter you might ask? Great question, the answer to which is an amalgamation of timing, the pandemic, and my insatiable obsession with fly fishing. Were there times while “testing” that I wanted to throw my entire rig into the deepest pool of the river and curl up into fishless fetal position? Certainly. I suppose I should clarify that winter can mean lots of things to different people and here in the Adirondacks, winter basically equates to a wholly unforgiving season of bone-numbing, mind erasing, and barfy screaming cold that is about as conducive to fly fishing as using a 2×4 to Euro Nymph (pine ones have way more feel IMHO).
Now that we have that out of the way, lets skip over all of the technical aspects of the line and jump right into the more important aspects like the color and the name. With a fiery orange taper and bright purple running line the Power Taper line will have all of your fellow anglers, friends and foes alike, frothing with jealousy of just how good it looks on the water. And the power?? The power will have you clearing that extra 40 feet of running line through guides like a pro (who cares if the fish is only 20 feet out, we know it’s all about casting).
Nonsense aside, though it felt good, this line is truly a testament to the prowess of the designers over at Airflo. Winter fishing in most cases equates to nymphing slower and deeper pools, typically with a rather heavy setup which makes for difficult casting even in the best conditions. The Power Taper not only handled my tungsten-laden leaders with ease, but it did so well in fact, that I found myself emitting yelps of joy and casting far more than I should have.
The Power Taper and all of the lines at Airflo are made from polyurethane which ultimately makes for a line of uncompromising quality. In addition to being far more environmentally friendly than traditional PVC, these lines also last way longer, have a much larger temperature range, and from my personal experience are just flat-out tough. As a full-time fishing guide, I want gear that I don’t have to worry about and every Airflo line I have used is the very definition of low maintenance.
From my time so far with the Power Taper, I have been super impressed by its suppleness and lack of memory even on days that dipped well below freezing (and having been left in my truck overnight). The Power Taper even casted well when loaded with ice, which I did…for research purposes…though I don’t recommend this if you’re trying not to scare the fish.
But how does it handle in the wind? Glad you asked, please refer to the video.
All in all, the new Superflo Power Taper, which rounds out three new designs from Airflo, goes above and beyond. And if after reading this, you have somehow become inspired to start your own “winter research project”, be sure to give this line a try. Till next time. To purchase the Airflo Superflo Power Taper click here.
Article by Sean Platt, he is a Fly Fishing Guide and Freelance Photographer based in NY’s Adirondack Mountains. To learn more check out