There was a recent post on choosing a line for the beach. I was too late to offer an opinion on that particular post, so as this is a popular question, I thought I’d offer my opinion. Given our location and our specialty, we sell a lot of lines for the beach. Here is what we sell the most of and why: 1. Rio ‘Outbound Short’ intermediate: Easily our best seller. A clear intermediate 30’ shooting head seamlessly integrated to fluorescent yellow intermediate running line. This line allows a beach-bound angler to load most rods easily with only 30’-40’ of line in the air. I know that some earlier posters indicated that finding the correct line size can be difficult. In my experience 95% of anglers are happy with matching the 6 weight with a 6 weight rod. (Of course there are exceptions, which is why ideally you should go to a shop that allows you to cast lines). This line should not be confused with the original ‘Outbound’ line. The original outbound (still available) is 37.5’ of intermediate, welded to FLOATING running line. For a variety of reasons, the longer head and more ‘tangly’ (sure that’s a real word) running line were less popular than the new ‘Short’ version. 2. S.A. ‘Streamer Express’ intermediate: VERY similar to the Outbound. 30’ of clear intermediate seamlessly welded to colored running line (the color changes depending on grain weight). Why don’t we sell as many of these? We hate the evil corporate entity that is 3M? Not really, the real reason is that with only 50 grain increments, it is tougher to match your rod. Example: Most beach fishermen fish a 5 or 6 weight rod. Rio offers the Outbound short in 5,6,7 or 200, 235, 265 respectively, the ‘Streamer Express’ is only offered in 150, 200, 250, and 300. I know this doesn’t significant, but often the 200 is too light and the 250 is too heavy. Although the 150 is a very cool option if you want to screw around with a 9' 3 weight. 3. Both of these lines are also available in floating versions, although most anglers prefer an intermediate. Here is what we sell fewer of and why: Airflo 40+: I am a big fan of Airflo as a company and they make some great lines, however… their decision to redesign this line and take it from a ‘clear’ head with yellow running line and instead make it a fluorescent chartreuse and hot orange color scheme left me scratching my head. What would you prefer in a sinking line for clear water; a clear line or one that’s neon green? Given the great alternatives from the other brands, this has been an easy choice for practically everyone. Traditional ‘clear’ intermediates: I’m going to lump all of these together: Cortland ‘Camo’, Rio ‘Aqualux’, S.A. ‘Stillwater’, etc… While these are still good options, shooting-head lines (like the ‘Outbound’ and Streamer express), allow most anglers to cast the same or often greater distance, with fewer false casts. On the beach shooting lines mean less fatigue, less bashing of your fly on the rocks behind you and more time with your fly in the water. The traditional lines were designed for lake fishing. They present smaller flies with more delicacy and precision. How often is that a factor on the beach?