Orvis acquired Scientific Anglers several years ago. Since that acquisition, the Orvis lines have undergone a complete overhaul. The most recent line upgrade was recently introduced as the PRO lines. This is a review of the Orvis PRO trout line.
This fall, I cast and fished the smooth Orvis PRO trout line (https://amzn.to/39VlC9V ). It has a 50 foot tapered head, casts with a tight loop, and lands softly. The running line is peach-colored, while the tip is willow-colored, adding to its stealthiness.
AST plus is embedded into the line rather than applied as a coating. It is gradually released, and maintains the line’s silky smooth texture. After one season, my line still casts smoothly and floats high.
In my hands, it is best matched to medium fast or slower rods. With these more flexible rods, it loads well, and casts easily. With faster-action rods, such as the Helios 3D, it feels light. If using a fast-action rod, I would recommend the PRO POWER TAPER line, which is a half size heavier.
The PRO lines feature loops at both ends, simplifying attachment of both leader and backing. An identifier is imprinted near the tip, which is helpful for those of us with multiple reels and lines. I cannot yet comment on its claim to last longer than previous lines.
In summ, I think the Orvis PRO trout line is an excellent line. The PRO series of lines come in two tapers, the PRO and PRO POWER TAPER, which help match them to rod-actions. In addition to the smooth lines reviewed here, they also come textured. Their price point at $98 makes them competitive with other high quality lines.
written by Al Simpson, January, 2020.