Robbie Winram reviews the latest gear including Wychwood fly lines and Scierra waders
THE Energy Taper Connect series of lines are designed for distance and to quickly load fast-action rods. They have an exaggerated head section of 56.5 feet (23 feet longer than the standard Connect line), and a 63.5-foot running line, giving an overall length of 120 feet. The lines are available in a Rocket Floater, Hoverer (slow sink intermediate) and Ghost (fast intermediate) with 6wt, 7wt and 8wt in each type. They are built around a fine braided nylon core with a small amount of stretch along their length, but they are not what I would call low stretch. They have a small welded loop at the front end. The three line types are two-tone to denote the loading zone, and all have fluo yellow running lines but different coloured heads. They are very smooth and I couldn’t detect any imperfections when I ran them through my fingers. Any initial memory was easily pulled out, after which the lines fell to the ground in loose open coils. Rocket Floater: I tried out the 7wt with a fast-action rod and it did take a few minutes to get used to the front taper design. But once it was in the ‘loading zone’ and I could aerialise those longer head lengths, I could feel the rod loading really well and the line was very slick through the rings on the line shoot. With a 12-foot tapered leader set-up and a single dry, the line’s short front-end taper
“Once the line was in the loading zone I could feel the rod loading really well and it was very slick through the rings.”
was able to present the fly with precision and delicacy. The line sits really high on the water. The presentation was equally as effective with a longer 16-foot multi-droppered leader. The line transferred energy effectively to give great turnover. The two-tone line (this one has a white head length) does give a good indication of where the optimum loading zone is and if you are able to aerialise this confidently and smoothly it will take the thin running line streaking out onto target. Hoverer: This has a sink rate of about 1ips, a really nice slow sinker to target those fish in the top couple of feet. I was fishing this in very clear water and could see that it had a uniform sink rate along its length. I didn’t need to apply any degreasant and although it was a little ‘squeaky’ to start off with, once wet it was very slick through the rod rings. It has a pale olive-green head length. Ghost Intermediate: This line has a milkywhite opaque head length which won’t spook wary fish. It has a sink rate of between 1.5 and 2ips to cover fish lying in the top five or six feet of water and it sank fairly uniformly although did take a little longer than the Hoverer. It is super slick when wet and carries the running line efficiently at distance. Probably one of the most popular lines that stillwater anglers use throughout the season.
I was very impressed with these distance lines which represent excellent value for money. The more line you can aerialise, the greater the distances you can achieve so you do need to be a proficient caster. But get it right and those fish feeding at range are no longer safe!
Hoverer. Ghost Intermediate welded loop. Rocket Floater.