best clear intermediate sink for our cold water

Mike, how did you find the Forty Plus, you didn't mention it how it performed. The running line is supposed to be top notch, but is the head an intergrated shooting head or a dramatic WF? Could you compare it to the SA line.


AKA Beadhead
The 40+ has a real abrupt transition from the head to the running line which may tend to snag the salad or so I heard. It is also a lot heavier than the AFTMA rating suggests and has the shortest head of the lot: 35'. It also has the weight concentrated near the rear of the head like a triangle taper which is exactly the opposite of the Outbound which has the weight at the front. This will require a few more false casts if you strip the line in to the rod tip.

That said I have a 40+ floater and it is a killer Spey line for Single hand spey casts. I may use it in the salt but I think I'll keep it for the rivers.

I just lost an Outbound Intermediate line- left my reel at the narrows park! :beathead: Some lucky fool hopefully is enjoing it and my Orvis reel. It cast very nicely but I just replaced it with a Streamer Express for some reason. As soon as I get a chance to cast it I'll post my thoughts

Here is the SKinny on these lines from what I've found

Outbound: 37.5' head extreme weight forward short front taper. Weighs about a size and a half heavy for their weight rating. very thin running line.

Forty Plus: 35' head, delta or triangle type taper (very long front taper that helps make a nice presentation and helps with Spey casts), weighs about 2 sizes heavy for the weight rating, abrupt transition to running line

Streamer Express: 44' head 30' clear sinking section, smooth transition to running line, rated in both AFTMA ratings and grain weights so no guess work needed.



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Before I begin, a little disclaimer: We sell both Scientific Anglers and Rio lines here at the shop.
Both the Streamer Express and Outbound are excellent choices for beach fishermen. They are slightly different and different users may find they prefer one over the other. I have chosen 3 categories where these lines differ most. I then attempted to offer information about how they differ. Finally, I’ve offered my opinion about which line, excels in each category. These are MY opinions.

These lines are both integrated shooting heads. This means that they are not designed to be carried, rather the head should be held outside of the rod tip and then ‘shot’. How much of the head is held outside of the rod tip is often referred to as ‘overhang’ and is dependant on both the caster and their rod.
Both companies market their lines by recommending a line weight and then also listing a grain weight.
WF5 = 210
WF6 = 240
WF7 = 275
WF8 = 330….
Streamer Express:
5/6 = 200grain
6/7 = 250grain
8/9 = 300grain
Now compare this with the A.F.T.M.A. standard line weight recommendations.
Fly Line Standards
1 Weight: 60 grains
2 Weight: 80 grains
3 Weight 100 grains
4 Weight 120 grains
5 Weight 140 grains
6 Weight 160 grains
7 Weight 185 grains
8 Weight 210 grains
9 Weight 240 grains
10 Weight 280 grains
11 Weight 330 grains
The recommendations from Rio are typically THREE full sizes heavier than a standard line. Scientific Anglers recommend slightly less weight, than Rio. Unfortunately, there are fewer choices from S.A. I really like the Streamer Express lines, but sometimes it can be difficult to match the lines with certain rods.
Advantage: Rio

I’m not even going to comment on the overall length of these lines. If you are able to cast more than 100’ while wading on an angled beach, you probably suffer from other problems like having too much money and a girlfriend who is too pretty and can’t get enough of you. My heart goes out to all of you.
The ‘head’ of a streamer express line is 32 feet long. The head of an Outbound line is 37.5 feet. If you are casting off of a particularly steep beach you won’t have to carry as much with the Streamer Express as you do with the Outbound. Alternatively, if you shoot 40’ of line with each brand, the Outbound will cast 5' further.
Advantage: Neither

Given that you know how to stretch your line and manage it with a stripping basket, both lines should perform well. But, the Streamer express line is less likely to tangle for several reasons. First off, the running line is slightly larger in diameter. Secondly it is stiffer, and less likely to knot on itself. The intermediate line on the Streamer Express is also slightly slicker than the floater on the Outbound.
If you are not using a stripping basket, the Rio’s floating running line is less likely to get caught in debris and rocks. But…what are you doing without a stripping basket?!?!?
Advantage: Scientific Anglers
As you can see, I’ve elected to ride the fence and not declare a winner. I use both lines for my personal fishing. If you don’t want both, buy the one that fits your needs best.
Great post Anil, very informative. I'm currently looking for a beach line and while I've ruled out the Rio Outbound and Striper but I'm debating whether the Streamer Express or the Forty Plus is a more appropriate line. Is the "handling line" portion of the head floating? If so, thats not so good for fishing in the waves, right? I'm guessing the floating running line doesn't have as much buoyancy because its so thin and thus gives you a straighter connection between you and the fly. Am I correct here?


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The entire Streamer express is intermediate (at least the 'clear' version). The last time I used a 40 plus line it was configured identically to the Outbound (a floating running and handling line, with an intermediate head.)
You are correct that the models that feature a floating running line (Outbound, 40 plus) don’t suffer much in terms of forming a strait connection. The very thin, floating running line is quickly pulled under by the intermediate section.
I'm going to make up my mind between the Streamer Express Clear and the Fort Plus Saltwater tomorrow. Any last comments? Does one cast farther? Customer service? Warentee?

Appreciate it,


AKA Beadhead
I'm going to make up my mind between the Streamer Express Clear and the Fort Plus Saltwater tomorrow. Any last comments? Does one cast farther? Customer service? Warentee?

Appreciate it,
Just cast my SE 200grain for the 1st time, nice casting line. I found the line tended to kink and coil, and required stretching evrytime I reeled up, kind of a drag. Never knotted up on me though which is a plus. Caught some fish so I guess I'm happy with my choice.:clown:

So are you saying the Airflo has the best running line? And just to be clear, is it the Forty Plus Saltwater (blue/green running line) or the Forty Plus Extreme Distance (yellow running line I think).
I bought a Rio Intermediate Outbound line this spring for my 6 weight and have mixed feelings about it after 10 or so outings.

I think perhaps Rio went too far in an attempt to make this an extreme casting line. The running line is so small it certainly helps in perfect conditions to make a long cast, as the line provides minimal resistance running through the guides, but under fishing conditions I'm not getting the distance I'd expect.

First, the small running line for me tangles like crazy. Even when I stretch the heck out of it, I'd estimate one out of every four casts results in a tangle. And I ALWAYS use a stripping basket. I'm already fearing my response when I lose my first fish due to a tangle in that thin line.

Second, this line is a killer on my stripping fingers. I've found a stripping guard is a MUST for me with this line. I received two of the worst cuts I've ever gotten from a line when I first started using it. One of them looked like someone dragged a knife across my finger. I'd expect this from gel-spun, but not from an integrated 6-weight fishing line. I'm curious if the SA has this issue.

I'm a big Rio fan. I use their floating lines, and really like the DeapSea 400 and 500 grain integrated lines when I head to Loreto.

But for me, I've been a little disappointed in the Outbound, especially considering the $70 price tag.