The Best Fly Line For Every Situation

The guideline is known within the world of fly fishing for being a pioneer in revolutionary line designs in the sector. Its development is based on thousands of hours of fishing action, thinking only and exclusively in real fishing situations. So let’s forget about finding non-functional designs such as heads of unmanageable length in fishing action, etc. Each line has a reason and a why, the result of the experience accumulated over more than 25 years manufacturing fly fishing lines, thinking of making life easier for the fisherman, and offering a solution for each situation and species to the who wants to face.

In general terms, there are a series of fairly common characteristics that we can find in the extensive collection of Guideline lines :

 Generally speaking, these are off-center profile lines, with heads that within the sector we could call short. Why?

One of the advantages of a WF line is the ease of reaching distance based on the shooting line. This is achieved efficiently and optimally when we take the entire head off the line, plus a bit of running line and shoot. In this operation, the head pulls another portion of the line with less mass and much finer that is easily “spit” out of our rod. It is more relaxed reaching 20m, flying 13m, and shooting 7m, than managing 20m of the line in the air with control. It’s obvious.

What happens if we shoot when we still have part of the head without leaving our toe? Well, we didn’t shoot a …

A reflection: What is the use of carrying a 16m heading line if we are only capable of handling 12? What is the use of carrying a line with such a long head if we fish at a maximum of 15m?

Take for example my favorite line for trout fishing, the PRESENTATION Evolve, with an 8.8m head. Short? It depends on what for. To throw 35m it is obvious that yes, but we are going to count: 8.8m of head + 2.70m of rod + 5m of a not very long bass = 16.5m of distance that we could reach without shooting if we extended the entire line, So we could say that we would fish below 14m with total comfort and control over our cast and, if we want to shoot, we will surely reach almost 20m with efficiency and little effort. I am not used to fishing further.

It is just an example, but it can surely serve to reflect on what head length we need for each situation.

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Progressive / multi-density changes: Many of the GL lines have different densities that will allow us to put our flies in the water layer where the fish feed.

In this sense, GL develops these lines thinking of making it easier for us to cast, visualize the drifting line, and extract the water line at the end of it.

We have all suffered throwing one of those sunken lines from years ago, very fast, and in danger of flagellating ourselves. We have all suffered because we were not able to follow the drift of our fly as the entire line sank and it was a dark color. We have all made more noise than necessary trying to lift the baseline to start a new cast, doing half a dozen semi-rolls.

Well not anymore, that’s over.

GL lines provide solutions to these common ills:

  -The sunken parts are where they should and only where they are functional. Thus we find lines with a sunken point, with a floating belly; lines with the intermediate head with floating running to avoid sinking in the water while we collect and get messy, etc.

  – The transition of densities is made progressively, making it much easier to extract the water by forming a more progressive angle concerning the surface. We found heads of 2 densities, 3 densities, and even, in 2017, the new 4-density spey lines.

Multicolor: as we mentioned, we have all seen our sunken line disappear and … now where is my fly supposed to be? Where does it drift?

The GL lines solve this problem in several ways: With running line colors that allow us to follow our drift without problems, with runnings or floating parts of the head that allow us to follow them on the water and, finally, in the case of heads pitchers, its “butt” is brightly colored or fluorine, so although the entire discreet color line sags, its front end is easily controllable while drifting.

Also, and very important in the case of WF lines, the GL lines are of various colors, differing in all of them, generally, one color for the running line and another for the head of the line, which is very useful for, during the launch, to facilitate the identification of the moment in which we are flying the whole head and we begin to handle “overflight”. Time to start thinking about shooting.

The new EVOLVE lines also have a third color at this point where the running transitions towards the rear cone of the head, to put it on if possible, a little easier.

Pre – looped: We have all suffered for hours leaving our eyes in the attempt to make a good cast connector, gluing prefabricated silk connectors, knotting… Most GL lines come with factory cast connectors. 100% reliable.

 Identification mark: All gearjunkies tend to store a multitude of reels, reels, and lines in our suitcase. And surely it has happened to many of you that you desperately trying to remember which line you had loaded in a certain coil … Well, not anymore. In a wide variety of GL lines, you will find a code that will tell you the model, the density, and the number of the line you have in your hand’s serigraphs on it. The headaches are over. At least that one.

With this summary of some characteristics, we are going to go one by one describing some lines from the GUIDELINE line catalog:


It is a line with interchangeable tips. WF profile (6, 7, 8, and 9) with a head of 8.6m. The body is floating and is supplied with 3 different sinking tips: floating, 3/4 sunk and 6/7 sunk.

The line comes with factory loops and screen-printed with their weight and sag, as well as a wallet to store the tips. Two colors: orange for running and green for the bodysuit. The sunken tips are discreet gray-black.

A line designed to be used with 1-hand rods and switch, with a profile that makes it tremendously versatile to combine aerial casts with Spey.

In our waters, it is ideal for days in search of large streamer trout or after salmon, with one-handed rods with which we will combine, depending on the moment, overhead casts or spey techniques.

EXPERIENCE WF: See guideline-experience

A floating WF line with a versatile long head profile, ranging from 12.5 to 14.1m depending on its numbering, which ranges from # 3 to # 7. The midsection of the head is parallel, allowing us greater control of the line in medium-long distance

Lime green colors for the head and bone for the running line, very useful to know when we are flying the head and it is time to shoot. Pre looped.


 WF line with a head of medium length between 10.5 and 11.7m in numbers from # 3 to # 8 for its floating version, and from # 5 to # 8 for the sunken tip.

Off-center profile with the weight concentrated in the middle of the head, with a fairly aggressive front double cone, which will help us create fast loops against the wind.

 The floating version is dark gray on the head and pale green on the running line, which will help us to see clearly when we have the whole head out to take more efficient shots on long casts. Pre looped.

The sinking tip version is found with tips of 3 different sinking ratios: sink 1, sink 3, and sink5. Being floating all the running and the back of the head and only the front cone of the same sink. This density distribution is particularly useful when pulling the line out of the water, avoiding rolling with the consequent noise to get the line to surface.

Sink ratios approx: sink 1: 20s / m; sink 3: 10s / m; sink 5: 6.5s / m.

In our waters it is an ideal line for fishing with one-handed rods in search of streamer trout, either in the river or lake or looking for predators with larger flies.

PRESENTATION EVOLVE: View guideline-presentation

Floating WF line in numbers from # 2 to # 6, with a short head length of 8.8m, ideal for the size of our rivers. The Presentation’s profile is already a classic when it comes to generating tight loops, precision, and smoothness in the inn.

New Evolve finish that makes them float higher and extend their life and feel, whatever the environmental conditions.

A new concept in 3 colors: lemon yellow for running, gray for the transition zone between the rear cone of the head and running, and green for the head. It will facilitate us even more if possible the shooting action when we launch at a great distance.

Pre Looped and silk-screened with your numbering.

My favorite line to fish for trout in our waters with dry flies and not very large nymphs at short and medium distances.

FARIO WF: View guideline-fario

 With all the advantages of the Presentation profile, but with a slightly longer head (between 9.5 and 10m), without reaching the Experience. This line is a great choice for smooth, precise presentations at somewhat greater distances, which is why I love using it for dry fishing in larger rivers and for our swamp missiles, the barbels when they require delicate long-range presentations.

The line comes pre-looped and serigraphs with its numbering and model so that those of you who carry many lines will always have it well identified. Trust me, very useful. Two colors: orange for running and a discreet olive green for the head.

FARIO DT: See guideline-fario-dtf

 For all those who miss DT lines, here comes a DT 2.0 with the best in polymers and coatings of the technology available in 2017 as the ACT, but with that advantage of being able to turn it around when we have worn one of the ends, which for True, they come pre-looped and marked with the model and line number.

The front cones range between 4 and 4.5m depending on the line number (# 2- # 5) and combined with the parallel profile of the body, we will obtain exceptional control of the loop at any distance and precise and smooth presentations.

HIGH WATER EVOLVE: View guideline-high-water-evolve

Long head floating WF line (between 13.5 and 14.8m), which, helped by its profile with a long front cone and a generous rear cone, will help us to make long casts and presentations with medium-long precision distance.

 It incorporates EVOLVE technology, with its new coatings for better gliding and durability; in addition to its 3 colors: mustard green for running, orange for the transition zone, and olive green for the head. More not knowing when to shoot, wait for the orange area to come out through the tip of the rod and  it’s time to shoot far, far away.

Pre looped and identified.

COASTAL WF: View guideline-coastal

 WF lines with intermediate head, in two variants: slow and fast. The slow deepens at 1.25cm / s (80s / m) compared to the fast with its 3.8cm / s (26s / m). With a 9.9m head and a floating run that takes it up to a total of 32m and a profile that allows control and presentation at medium-long distances.

Its DC heart makes it less elastic than other lines, which makes it an especially sensitive weapon when it comes to detecting the most sensitive bites, such as when we fish with small chironomids in the lake.

In numbers from # 5 to # 9.

CAMO PRO: View guideline-camo-pro

 WF line with a slow intermediate sinking head with a depth ratio of the 40s / m (it places it between the Coastal Slow and Fast) which will allow us to fish in the first layer of water under the surface, and a floating running line.

Its head of 11-12 meters depending on the numbering (# 4- # 10), together with its fine and super-slippery running, will help us achieve long distances.

Its colors have been carefully studied, choosing a very discreet gray for the head and a blue, equally discreet, but easily visible to the fisherman, so that we can follow the drift while we collect, a typical problem with the old single-color intermediate lines.

Pre-looped and marked with your line and model number so that we never get confused.

BULLET EVOLVE: View guideline-bullet-evolve

An aggressive profile with a very advanced weight for when the conditions are not favorable or we have to cast heavy flies.

Short head floating line (8.5m), designed to launch very far with few false casts while shooting a lot of running.

Like all Evolve, it is tricolor, with a light gray firing line, an orange control zone (remember, when it comes out of the tip ring, more or less it is time to shoot), and a gray head.

Of course, the EVOLVE finish will make the line feel particularly smooth in all circumstances and increase its durability.

It comes pre-looped and marked with its model and numbering so that we do not get confused and quickly locate it on the coil in which we have it mounted.

CONTROL Plus: View guideline-control-plus

It is the most “basic” line of Guideline, but it surprises in its features:

A short head of 8.1 meters perfect for our rivers, with an easy to launch profile.

And of course, in two colors and pre-looped and marked.

You can not ask for more!

PIKE: See guideline-pike-line

 An aggressive profile, very aggressive, like the predators for which these lines are intended. With a WF profile with the weight fully forward, these lines are perfect for casting the large flies that we use to fish for pike, bass, and other predators.

We found 3 different models, to adapt to fishing for these fish throughout the year.

 Floating, from # 7 to # 10, with a 10.6 m head, off-white. Perfect for catching them when they move near the surface, even with poppers or walkers.

F / H / I: this line is the “all-around”, your line for the whole year. In numbers # 8 to # 10, with a head of 9.5m. With a 2.5m running rear cone of the floating head in orange, and the belly and front cone in blue, with an increasing hover-intermediate density. This design will allow us to fish in the “hot” zone, easily launching and presenting large flies and easily following the drift.

-S1 / S3: in numbers from # 7 to # 10, this PIKE WF has a running density of S1 and an increasing density along with the head up to S3. It is the perfect line to look for them found in the deepest layers of water.

It is advisable to use it with a winder basket since the running will sink when picking up, which may cause us some trouble.