TESTED: Scientific Anglers Sharkskin fly lines

I KNOW these lines are not so new and most fly fishos would have heard about them when released back in 2008. What I find interesting is the general lack of feedback and acceptance from the wider fly fishing community on what is truly a significant advancement in fly line technology.

After operating a specialist fly fishing shop for more than 15 years, I know fly anglers are a traditional bunch. I will also clarify up front that I have built a long-term relationship with Scientific Angler after fishing with most fly lines brands over many years.

So is all the hype warranted? After fishing with a number of the Saltwater Sharkskin tapers extensively over the past 12-18 months it is a resounding yes!

I know the textured finish has its detractors. 3M’s proprietary microreplication technology is a radical move away from a typically smooth-surfaced fly line finish. Its micro textured surface is basically an embossed diamond shaped pattern that is built into the line which gives it this unique “sharkskin” texture. What this finish does is decreases the line’s contact with both your fly rod’s guides and the water’s surface. It also traps air to provide superior shootability and floatation while eliminating line flash and vastly reducing friction.

All of this comes with the added benefit of increased durability, allowing the line to last up to twice as long. Because of the increased surface area, these lines sit higher in the water offering less drag, easier mending, roll casting, and pick-ups and less water spray.

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