EP054: Brad Befus – The Anatomy of a Fly Line and Why They Matter



“The single component of the your equipment that will have the most impact on overall casting performance is the fly line.”

– Brad Befus,  Scientific Anglers


Today’s podcast episode is one that I have thought about doing for a while.  It finally came down to the 1,000th time I heard shop staff stress to a customer how important a fly line is to overall casting performance that I went ahead and recorded this episode with Brad Befus, the president of Scientific Anglers. 

If you have spent any time here in the shop you will undoubtedly heard us stress the importance of considering the line when purchasing a new rod/reel setup. It is the component part that most likely is the least expensive in the whole rig and/but will have the greatest single impact on overall performance. Everyday shop staff stress to customers the importance of understanding what and where you will fish most often and steer you to a fly line that will fit the most likely scenarios and your intended purpose. 

Temperature, casting styles, fly size and weight all play into the selection and as you will hear from Brad in this episode it is easy and important to arrive at the right line for your needs.

This conversation starts with getting to know Brad’s background and history and then quickly gets into the nuts and bolts of what makes a fly line perform and how listeners can better understand how they will impact your cast. A highlight for me in this recording is when Brad breaks down each component part of a fly line’s geometry and how it contributes to overall casting performance.


Brad Befus has been flyfishing and fly tying for more than 35 years. He has spent his life in the fly fishing industry as a fly shop employee/owner, destination host, fly tyer, author, most recently as a manufacturer’s Sales Director for nearly two decades. He is an accomplished freshwater and saltwater angler who holds several I.G.F.A. flyrod world records and has fished many destinations worldwide. Brad is an innovative fly tier with many of his patterns being produced and sold by Umpqua Feather Merchants through their “Fly Designer Program”. His flies have appeared in books and articles, as well as the University of Idaho Prichards Art Gallery and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Brad is the co-author of “Carp on the Fly” a flyrodders guide to carp and “Basic Techniques for Successful Fly Tying”. He has contributed articles and images to many of the flyfishing periodicals. Brad currently resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife Lisa and their four children where he is the President of Scientific Anglers.


Anatomy of a Fly Line

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