Scierra Aerial fly line review

The Scierra Aerial fly line is a budget bargain with genuinely low memory and great casting performance at short to mid-range.

Scierra Aerial fly line review
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Scierra Aerial fly line review
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Scierra Aerial fly line review
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What is the Scierra Aerial fly line?

The Scierra Aerial fly line is a weight-forward floating fly line available for a very competitive price. The Aerial has a triangle taper that puts more of the weight up front than some other lines, resulting in a line that's fun and easy to cast at short to medium range.

What sizes are available?

All lines in the range are the regular 27.5m or 90 feet in length, which is plenty for most people. The head and tip are bright green, which shows up nicely when watching the line for signs of a bite, while the running line is white. Two intermediate versions are also available which have a blue and white finish.

Unfortunately, Scierra doesn't share useful information on head weights, which would be really helpful in selecting the right line.

Type Line weight Head length Total length
Floating #6 11.2m 27.5m
Floating #7 11.2m 27.5m
Floating #8 11.2m 27.5m

How does it feel in the hand?

Like the Scierra Aerial Long Belly, this is a very limp fly line with minimal memory. While they don't seem to be that widely used by my observations, Scierra makes some very limp lines and memory is far less of an issue with these than it can be with other floating line brands.

There really is remarkably little line memory in the Aerial lines and they lay straighter than the majority of other floating lines I've used. This isn't really what you expect in a line priced as cheap as these, making them a good budget option. It even has nice welded loops on either end.

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What's it like to cast?

While the Scierra Aerial Long Belly line has a long 46-foot head, the Aerial is much shorter in the head department. Its head is comparatively short at about 11.2m or 37 feet, so it loads the rod more quickly.

While you can chuck it a reasonable distance, the Aerial Long Belly is a better option if you want to fish at range. The Aerial excels at short to medium distances, and it's much harder to carry longer lines without the loop collapsing. 

It's an enjoyable line to cast, and works well from the boat too. We used these during the summer for most of our dry fly fishing. Performance is excellent for the money but I personally prefer a longer head for the sort of flies I chuck and the waters I fish.

However, for small stillwaters with small to medium flies being fished at relatively short range it's a solid line and casts well, turns over flies nicely, and lays nice and straight.

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How much does it cost?

The Scierra Aerial fly line retails for £39.99 but can be picked up online for around £25-30 if you shop around. Even at full price, this is a very good fly line for the money and it makes a great choice for beginners.

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