Airflo Flatsmaster Saltwater Fly Line

Manic Tackle Project alongside some key Australian saltwater fly experts — Micah Adams, Dave Bradley and Clint Isaac have been hard at work. Micah says he’s found a good intermediate tip line to be the most useful all-purpose tropical saltwater fly line for Australian conditions. They are perfect for fishing from a boat or wading, and even in shallow water to keep the fly in the fish’s feeding zone for longer.

The Flats Master features a 10′ fast intermediate tip (1.5 IPS), however, unlike most intermediate tip lines on the market that feature a clear tip over a stretchy monofilament core, the Flats Master is built using Airflo’s non-stretch power core for maximum feel, improved hook sets and optimised casting power.

As tester Dave Bradley from Australian Fly Fishing Outfitters points out, “Compared to many saltwater fly destinations which are based around bonefish, in Australia we tend to fish relatively large flies and the non-stretch core is critical for setting the bigger hooks.”

The Flats Master features Airflo’s popular bonefish taper. According to Manic’s Rene Vaz, “the intermediate tip section delivers enough power to knock over heavy crab patterns without the need to move to a more aggressive taper, which in turn would have created more shallow water issues by being too splashing and overpowering short casts.”

The belly and running line of the Flats Master are a pale sky blue colour whilst a light grey tinge to the clear tip helps it to disappear underwater and reduces the flash given off by clear tip fly lines.

The Flats Master is available in weights 8 through to 10 to cover everything from inshore bream through to permit and other larger flats species.

Airflo lines are distributed in New Zealand and Australia by Manic Tackle Project. For more information check out