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Barrio Mallard Fly Lines

Barrio Mallard fly lines, the original 'Barrio Lines' that we designed, tweaked and refined back in 2004.

Our Mallard fly lines have gained a strong following over the years and these conventional weight forward and double taper profiles are just as popular now as they were back then.

A simply superb fly line for traditional trout fishing tactics, anglers of all levels of casting ability will find the Mallard an enjoyable line to cast. Suitable for most fishing styles and techniques, these well balanced fly lines are certainly capable of casting a good distance, but more importantly, they encourage the enjoyment and satisfaction of accurate and delicate presentation casts at normal fishing ranges.

Barrio Mallard floating fly lines are available in our natural cream colour in weight forward WF3F to WF8F and double taper DT2F to DT8F.

Price: £27.00 including free worldwide shipping.

Barrio Mallard weight forward fly lines
Barrio Mallard double taper fly lines

Please note that our fly line profile diagrams do not include any information regarding compound tapers ( multiple tapers within a taper ) that we may have included within the profile and that the dimensions may vary for each individual line weight.

Barrio Mallard Weight Forward Fly Line Profile

Barrio Mallard Double Taper Fly Line Profile

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Customer Reviews

Name: David Korty
Country: USA
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I recently ordered the Mallard DT4 and took it to the Eastern Sierras for some winter time Baetis fishing. It's a fantastic fly line. It loads cleanly, carries long casts with ease and lays down flawlessly.

I will also say that when roll casting it performed beautifully. Most of all at 34 U.S dollars I can hardly believe the value considering the fact that the major american Fly Line brands are charging at least twice that amount!

I have the feeling I will be ordering many more of these lines in the future!

Name: Iain A.
Country: Scotland
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

The vast majority of my fly fishing is on rivers for Brown Trout with both dry fly & nymph. The Barrio Mallard in WF3, 4 & 5 has been my fly line of choice for a number of seasons now and has never let me down.

It floats well, has a nice front profile, lies straight, has a slick surface and a price that would no doubt be double if marketed from another stable.

An excellent line for both beginner & veteran.

Name: Steven Brown
Country: UK
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Being a small stream angler, be they in the valleys, glens or mountains, I was always on the search for a fly line that rose to my needs. After going through a lot of lines & a hole in my wallet, I was never happy with the lines I fished, more in putting up with their stiffness & bumpy travel up through the rings on cold mountain streams & endless Memory, that is now long in the past.

I have been using mike's lines for 2 seasons now & would not replace them for any other make. They do what mike says they do, with no big fancy sales hype that we are all seeing now with lines 3 times the price & more.

They cast very well, I'm using the mallard every time I'm out, this would add up to a lot of days stream side. Pull from the reel & hang with almost no memory, shoot nicely & float highly, I make short casts that need to be right first time, the mallard gives me this, every time.

I can spend more time enjoying fishing & not worrying about stiff lines & the problems they intail, just lift the rod & shoot the line where it's needed. I have fished these lines long & hard, with plenty of life still in the lines and no cracks showing.

I would recommend these lines to any one to try and as a new season is soon opening, these are still my lines for 2013.

Name: Peter Rawlinson
Country: Scotland
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Had a few of these lines over the years now, very pleased with them all. I am not an expert caster but these lines have made it a lot easier for me with both distance and presentation.

Good lines at a good price, thanks.

Name: Christian H
Country: Germany
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Looking for a reasonably priced DT line I stumbled upon the Barrio Mallard DT. Being used on a Sage VXP #5 blank the DT5 is at the lower end of the "what feels right" scale, still offering excellent performance and casting with ease.

I will definitely try other Barrio lines from now on - thanks for the great work!

Name: Tony Cheffings
Country: England
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I found a spare spool in need of a line. For a moment, I found myself contemplating purchasing another brand of line to fill its emptiness. I even started to browse the extensive selection available on another of my favourite online retailers. Fortunately, then I came to my senses and ordered a Mallard DT3F.

I've lost count of the number of Mallards I now own, WF and DT. The DT3 just ordered is specifically for a small, overgrown Dorset chalkstream where space is limited. 7ft 3wt rods are the order of the day, with roll casting de rigeur. The Mallard DT3 roll casts superbly.

Value for money is superb - highly recommended, even by the wild brown trout of Dorset!

Name: Philip Bailey
Country: United Kingdom
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I use the Barrio Mallard exclusively for my fishing and casting practice. The suppleness, taper and overall profile is perfect for the high speed casting necessary for the Italian Style of casting.

The Mallard DT 3 line outcasts most other brands. Highly recommended for general fly fishing or for the Italian style.

Philip Bailey

Fly Fishing Masters UK Head Instructor

Name: Jeffrey
Country: Netherlands
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Best freakin line I've ever used! Received the carefully packaged DT3F line today along with a little hand written thank you for purchasing note. Two thumbs up for that.

I strung up the line on a featherweight / Hardy midge fiberglass combo and started fishing in the canal which runs through my backyard. From the moment I made the first cast, the line put a smile on my face which lasted until I stopped fishing because the sun had set. I couldn't stop fishing, it's simply that good.

The presentation, the subtlety, the tight loops, trademarks I never encountered in other lines before. I knew the rod had more soul than she showed me before with other brand lines, but this blew my mind, never would have imagined that a line could make such a difference. Sure enough my next lines will all be Barrio lines!

Thanks again and keep up the good work, it looks like you've got a new lifetime customer...

Name: Gwyn Davies
Country: Wales
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Mallard DT6 -: bought this line in Feb 2015 and have found it performs exactly as it should, it has excellent turnover, no memory and casts like a dream.

I only fish medium sized still waters, using nymphs or dries, so presentation is also very important and I am very very happy with it's overall performance so far, having fished in all conditions from strong winds to flat calms, all from the bank. I would highly recommend this line to anyone who prefers this style of fishing.

Name: Pieter Snyders
Country: South Africa
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I have paired the Barrio Mallard 3 weight Double Taper with a 10ft rod. You always expect a 10ft rod to feel top heavy and it did with all the previous fly lines I used. This fly line transformed the rod completely and I use it now confidently for both nymph fishing and dry fly fishing. The presentation is absolutely perfect!

Name: Luca Francesco Lucarini
Country: Italia
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Ho comprato da Mike Barrio la linea Mallard DT4 , provata nel torrente , devo dire che e una linea furtiva per trote sospettose, si comporta bene con belle pose, ottima anche nel lungo linea,ottima da consigliare.

Name: Gary Watson
Country: Scotland
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Superb line - as good as it gets!

Name: Malcolm Wood
Country: UK
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

Had the DT5 for two seasons. A sublimely lovely line, virtually no memory, casts with ease.

I just have one reservation about the colour and wish perhaps the front 20ft or so was a sage or olive colour, then it would be just about perfect.

Name: James
Country: USA
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I bought a Mallard 3wt DT last winter and did not get to use it till this past week. I was so pleased with how well it cast and how smooth it functioned. I was also using 2 other new lines I bought, including some 444 Peach line that I bought this winter.

I will be buying my lines from Barrio from now on. The performance is very high and the value is over the top. I can't wait to try out some of your other lines in the future.

Thanks, James.

Name: Chad Goymer
Country: UK
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I bought my first Barrio line and tried it today, paired with my brand new Helios 3D 5wt. The line has no memory whatsoever, is very supple and lies straight as can be on the water. I have been using a Scientific Anglers GPX which is a half line size heavy and very front loaded, so it took me a little while to adjust to the way the Mallard line handles.

You can certainly get long casts with this line and it lands very gently on the water if you want to fish small dries. It’s not a distance line however and you need to get some line out of your rod tip so that the belly can give you good distance. This is not a bad thing, as distance lines can hit the water with a bit of a splash - something that you do not have to worry about with the mallard.

It’s a great all round line ..... it has power when needed, but can give gentle presentation when you want it too. I treated the line with the Barrio Line Care product and it floated really high, so no sink tip issues when fishing the dry ..... I'm very happy with the line and will get a GT125 for my 7wt next.

Name: Scott Bailey
Country: Australia
Subject: Mallard Fly Lines

I've been using Mallard fly lines for a couple of years now. These lines consistently impress with their movement and delivery. The performance is excellent, offering smooth actioning of the rod, movement through the guides, distinct lack of memory and delivery of controlled power.

These lines deliver assurance that each cast will be what you want, where you want (be that at very short distances or reaching out to those rises). Whatever your casting style, Mallard lines put the control back into your hands and deliver the fly with seamless transition and delicate presentation.

Do yourself a favour and switch out to these lines.