It’s a name with near legendary beginnings. A name whispered on the lips of guides and fly shop employees across the nation. The early prototypes were kept hush-hush. A few lines sent out here and there to get some feedback in the summer of 2012. Knowing we could count on our early testers for complete secrecy, soon everyone in the industry knew.
As the year progressed we were faced with the realization that we had something big. We were tempted to rush it to the market, but decided to take our time. Develop the new machinery. Test the new coatings. Figure out what other features we could pull out of the new machines. And get a feel for just how damn awesome this stuff really was.
What is it?
Super-Dri is the first flyline to take advantage of a wave of new nano-engineered hydrophobic materials. The guys at Airflo like to think of it as super-teflon. I prefer to think of it as super-awesome. Originally Airflo designed the Super-Dri lines to take advantage of the water repulsion properties of the new material and make the line float higher. What they didn’t anticipate was the legion of other benefits. The amount of line you can pick up and mend is unreal. The lines don’t just repel water—they repel dirt and scum as well. The lines feel slick all day, even in the grimiest of water. And best of all, Super-Dri lines float even better than Pamela Anderson .
But Airflo didn’t stop there. Using the capabilities of their new machinery, Airflo added ZONE technology to the Super-Dri lines. The idea behind Zone is simple—supple lines rock out with their socks out and have many benefits, except when it comes to the haul zone. The suppler the line is, the more resistant it is to the double haul through the guides, especially when it gets warm outside. By changing the hardness of the coating in the Zone area, compression is reduced during the haul resulting in superior line speed and greater shoot-ability across a wide temperature range.
When we first picked up the Airflo distribution in 2001, it was because Tim firmly believed that polyurethane was a better plastic for flylines than our competitors’ PVC lines. Super-Dri is the fruition of that belief; without the superior bonding ability of polyurethane Super-Dri wouldn’t be possible. Super-Dri is just the beginning, however--the first step in what will be a new era in flylines.