What is the Airflo Sixth Sense Lake slow intermediate fly line?
The Sixth Sense Lake slow intermediate fly line sinks at just 0.5 inches per second, so will help you keep your flies in the very upper regions of the water. This can be really useful when a slow retrieve is required because on a faster intermediate your flies could soon have dropped below the feeding depth and may not be seen by the fish. They work well with a variety of flies, from nymphs and buzzers to lures.
What profile does this slow glass line have?
The Sixth Sense lines use what Airflo calls the Delta Taper which is designed to give good distance and still present flies well. I've also got an Airflo Sixth Sense Di3 line that shares the same properties - not that I ever get to use it, as George has claimed it as his own. It's a stable line in the air and casts very well indeed.
What sizes does it come in?
As with the other Sixth Sense lines, the slow intermediates are all dual-rated and have a two line-weight rating, such as 5/6, instead of being designed solely for one rod-weight. If you're using the 6/7 on a 6 weight, it will, of course, feel slightly overlined, but if you prefer a little less heft you can drop down a size if you like.
How does it feel in the hand?
Like other Airflo lines, this one is made from a low stretch (6%) braided core and has a coating of "ultra-supple" polyurethane (PU). It's fairly limp and feels quite dry in the hand, so it's easier to cast than some intermediates which can feel slimy in use. The benefit of the braided core is that the line has no memory, unlike an intermediate fly line with a mono core, which can often become very coily, especially in cold weather.
What's it like to use?
Both of our Sixth Sense lines have been excellent and have had performed well over the past few years. The Di3 and this slow intermediate are among George's most commonly used lines. They cast well, are nice and limp and sink and fish very well. It's hard to fault this line really.
How much does it cost?
The Airflo Sixth Sense Lake slow intermediate fly line sells for £44.99, but can sometimes be picked up a bit cheaper. They're a high-quality line and a safe bet if you're after a good intermediate line.