In order to be able to throw the fly rod we do not need a normal monofilament or braided line but a special fly line. Nowadays countless variants are available. From the high-floating to the fast-sinking fly line. Mostly you find abbreviations on the packaging which describes the characteristics of the fly line. Often it becomes a problem to quickly recognize the characteristic of the fly line and you lose the overview. We are happy to explain some terms and especially abbreviations which you will find in descriptions of fly lines.
The abbreviation AFTMA contains the internationally valid classification of fly lines. "American Fishing Tackle Manufactures Association". On almost all fly rods you will find the inscription AFTM or the sign # in conjunction with a figure behind it. This identifier indicates the different rod classes ranging from 0 to 15.
The fly lines class goes from class #0 up to class #15 in which the first 9,15mt (TIP) have different weights from 2,6 gr to 34,5 gr. Also are various properties on float or sinking rates. The Classical Lines are the DT-Fly Lines(Double Taper) for the Nymph- and Dry Fly Fishing in shorter and medium distance. The most common Line is the WF-Fly Line what are perfect also for beginner to cast precise and on distance.
Again and again there is talk of "backing".
What is backing? As a backing cord is called the lower cord which is wound on the fly reel. This cord is made of Dynema and Dacron and is wound up under the main cord (fly line). Since most fly lines are between 27 and 30 meters long, this backing serves as an additional line when drilling at a distance.