Scierra Aerial floating lines £29.99
“...the line was easy to lift, aerialised well and loaded the rod perfectly.”
SCIERRA have given a new look to their fly-line series for 2018, and the best news for us anglers is that the price has dropped and they are now a very competitive £29.99. The Aerial range concentrates on the floating and intermediate profiles. The floating lines go from a WF3 to a WF9 and all are 27.5 metres (90 feet) with a head length of 11.2 metres (36.5 feet) and they have a white running line and a bright green head length. The intermediates go from a WF5 to WF9, and are 30 metres long (98.5 feet) with a 10.2 metre (33.5 feet) head length. These have a white floating running line and a blue intermediate head length. I got the chance to fish with the WF5, WF6 and WF7 floaters last month, all of which come with micro welded loops both front and back, and laser printed ID an inch back from the front loop. After the first couple of casts the line showed only a small amount of memory, nothing more than I would expect when taken straight off the manufacturer’s spool. The PVC line is built around a braided nylon core and has a small amount of stretch so it was easy to pull out this initial memory. Pulling the line through my fingers it had a nice smooth, slick coating and this gave it great shooting properties through the rod rings. The line sits high in the surface, rather than in it, which allows for a very smooth and easy pick up off the water. A competent caster should easily be able to pick up the full head length outside the rod tip, whereas those less proficient will probably need to keep the green/white join underneath their forefinger next to the reel, in effect shortening the head length for easier casting. Right from the word go the line was easy to lift, aerialised well, and loaded the rod perfectly. The ensuing forward cast and line shoot was really positive. The fast turnover of the tip and the subsequent presentation was about as good as it gets. At short and medium range, I could generate some lovely tight loops and it didn’t matter whether I had the lines matched up to a fast action rod or one with a slightly softer middle to tip action, the end result was the same. When it came to double hauling and aerialising long head lengths to hit those distance marks I did get the best results from the faster action rod.
All three line weights tested exceptionally well so whether you are fishing dries and small waters or the most windswept large reservoir you’ve got everything covered. I do like the more hi-vis head length colour which makes it really easy to see and track on the water, and also to spot any slight movement at the tip. I was also pleased that Scierra still supply these lines on large diameter spools which I think has a lot to do with tackling any memory issues.