Which is a better line?? Rio Or Airflo?

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  1. sandspanker

    sandspanker Member

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    I am wondering because I haven't really seen much of Airflo. Was thinking of getting a steelhead scandi for summer steelhead. But which one??
     
  2. Evan Burck

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    Everybody will have a different answer
     
  3. Rick Sharp

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    I've never tried airflo even though I have a 630 compact still in package but rio skagit heads have always managed to throw the junk with no problems, so what it's worth I'm a rio fan I guess
     
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    Yup. I'm an Airflo guy. I do own one Rio AFS line and an SRO Ballistic Vector line, but everything else is Airflo. There are so many opportunities to try-before-you-buy that there's no reason to rely on someone else's opinion. Try them both out.
     
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    Scandi line I like the Airflo, but I am an Airflo guy. Compact scandi lines are lasers, especially with Varivas running line. That's what I like. Real easy to hit up a clave or your local shop and try them both.
     
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    I use the Airflow Scandi heads, the SA Skagit heads and the the Rio Windctutter multi tips. I have had good results with all of these lines. There are so many good quality lines made by a number of companies. Give 'em a try before you buy.
     
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    The Airflo tactical steelhead is a grat line.
     
  8. k2flyfisher

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    all the line companies will have ringers and duds, some have better loops than others, some have better tapers, but in the end, my vote also goes to Airflo.
     
  9. James Waggoner

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    I prefer the Rio AFS to the Airflo Scandi Compact. I'm not partial to either company, for instance I prefer the Airflo Compast Skagit to any of Rio's skagits. When it comes to the Rio AFS it's not the taper so much as how the line feels...seems to stay cleaner and doesn't have that kind of gummy feel the Airflo Compact Scandi seems to have in hot summer days. Perhaps this is an old issue and it's been resolved or maybe it's all in my head. I'd actually get a Guideline or Vision line for a full floating scandi type line, it wants to be cut and customized...for some reason when a line has factory loops at both ends, some think it's blasphemy to cut one of those loops off. To me lines are meant to be cut because there are no perfect out of the box lines.
     
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    Airflo's scandi compact and skagit compact are on all my sticks. I have used all the major manufacturers lines, for the most part they are all pretty good but Airflo rocks.
     
  11. Matthew Gulbranson

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    I'm with bucket.
     
  12. John Hicks

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    YES:rofl:
     
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    jeff bandy Make my day

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    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    You would like Sinead O'Connor. I like hardwood floors too, but a carpet runner isn't bad.
     
  16. speyday

    speyday Rod tubes in the overhead compartment

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    Since nobodys mentioned this element, I'll say this: A real veteran jedi guy was leafing through my junk bag one day; and pretty much said "uh oh" when he came across my rio stash.

    I was advised that rio lines tend to dry out and crack sooner than airflos.....'based on his experience'; which is very substantial. This guy fishes with the top of the top.

    Lo and behold, with even usage on both; both being bought at the same time? My rio started to crack into its 3rd season. Wasn't treating it with anything weird. Clean all lines in a mild soltuion of baby shampoo and water. I keep them out of the light and let things dry before bagging them up.

    Airflo heads are on their 5th seasonand starting to look like it might go.

    So regardless of performance, there's some experience on durability foreshadowed by someone else who experienced it first. Sure, formulas and recipies for the plastic may have changed since '09. Just saying.
     
  17. Phil Fravel

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    I have found that my Rio products seem to fade in color or crack faster than my Airflo products.
     
  18. Rob Allen

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    i don't think you can go wrong with the airflo compact, the new rio steelhead scandi or the new SA scandi they are all very good lines
     
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    Yup....what he said.
     
  20. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    I'd have to go with Airflo. I like some of rio's tapers but have noticed I get less than a season out of one of their lines if I use it a lot. I tend to get about 2-3 seasons out of Airflo's singlehander lines, and longer out of their spey lines, especially the compact heads.
     

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