Scierra Big Fly II fly lines £29.99
When it comes to performance I couldn’t fault these lines. Like Scierra’s dedicated trout lines they are supple, smooth and perform way above their price tag, representing excellent value for money. THESE specialist lines are designed to turn over heavier leaders and large fly patterns whether they be tied on 6/0 hooks or foot-long tubes. The lines are a Floater, Float/Sink3 and Sink3 and all are available in WF8-10. They are 100 feet long, have a head length of 37 feet (11.3 metres) and have front and rear welded loops. All the lines feature a seamless transition between the head length and the running line making for a smooth line shoot. The Floater has a hi-vis chartreuse head length with a white running line and the difference in diameter between the two sections is fairly obvious. The head section looks very thick but it has the ability to load the rod quickly and punch the fly out with no problems. All you have to do is aerialise the head length with a couple of short hauls and the line streaks out onto the target. Its aggressive short front taper also means it is capable of turning over the most air resistant and bulky of flies. Built around a braided nylon core it has a reasonable amount of stretch, is nice and supple in the hand, and lies in nice big coils at your feet or in the boat on the retrieve. A good line to use when fishing surface flies or Poppers or when the fish are lying in shallow water in the weedbeds. The Float/sink3 has a 3ips sinking head length which is dark olive and it is backed by a white floating running line. The head length isn’t as thick as that of the Floater but still noticeable compared to the running line. Again, this is an easy line to cast as its front loaded taper is just crying out to be released. The sinking head sinks readily first time out of the box. A good line for when you want to get down a few feet. The Sink3 is a dark olive, full sinking line with a 3ips sink rate, ideal when you need to get the line down along its entire length for a controlled or deeper retrieve.
Scierra’s Big Fly II Float/ Sink3 (left) and Sink3 lines.