New gear

Rob­bie Win­ram re­views the lat­est gear in­clud­ing Wy­ch­wood fly lines and Scierra waders

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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.

VER­DICT:

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.

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