Crossing the fishing line first

Airflo Ridge Line fly fishing line, 2006

Between 1998 and 2008, F1™ tyres had grooves cut into them to restrict the amount of rubber in contact with the track. This reduced grip levels and so forced drivers to go more slowly through corners, improving safety.

Today anglers use the same design principles to help them land a prize catch. A ridged or grooved pattern cut into a fly fishing line turns it from a round-shaped line into a star-shaped one.

In the same way that a grooved F1™ tyre has a smaller contact area with the racetrack, the grooves in the fishing line mean there is less contact with the rod, so reducing friction and allowing anglers to cast further and with greater accuracy than ever before.

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