Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout Fly Line
Good all around line
I purchased the WF5 for my Sage 99 #5. This is a quality fly line that woks well for dry flys and small to medium sized nymphs. It works well for delicate presentations, floats well, and the olive color helps with spooky fish during bright days.
I've had some difficulty turning over large streamers and larger nymphs compared to my previous line (Rio Grande) which I believe is designed to be 1/2 a weight heavier. The olive color is difficult to see in low light conditions.
All in all I'm very pleased with this line.
October 28, 2014
IMO The Best Light Line Fly Line Available
Fly lines are a highly subjective issue, but one thing is for sure; this is an awesome one! I've been looking for the perfect line to load my Sage SLT 3 wt, and had been less than satisfied with the performance I encountered paring this rod with the Rio Selective trout lines, including their newest. The Rio was fair on the SLT; just not quite what I wanted. I'm quite fond of both SA and Rio lines, but for a medium to medium-fast rod such as the SLT, I think the SA line beats it hands down. It loads and casts beautifully, rolls the leader out and gets me distance when I need it, lands softly for great dry fly or light nymph presentations and as far as I can tell, it's very durable. Time will tell there, but SA has been making fly lines a long time and has it down! I highly recommend this fly line for dry fly fishing, and on any medium-fast fly rod!
October 23, 2009
I’m very impressed with this Mastery Trout Fly Line! I love a fly line that I can use in temperatures from 20 degrees to the upper 90’s without experiencing a drop in performance. I was hesitant to use this line during the summer in Missouri where the heat and humidity can cause fly line to wilt, but I’ve never had an issue with this line. The line floats high, casts great and is easy to see as well.
February 17, 2009
Very Nice (after some break in time)
WF-5-F on a 9' Med-Fast action 5W rod. Med-Large / fast river fishing for trout. Typically fish a 7-8' leader with a large stimulator (doubles as a strike indicator and attractor) and trail a nymph behind on a light tippet. Fished the line for a week (every day) before writing this review.
The line: A little stiff at first but after several hours settled in to a very nice line. Very good control and turnover out to 60-70' (didn't try much longer than that in this situation). Handled a wide range of cast styles and situations with finesse (except for long barrel casts -- which is expected on a WF line). Light in the air but a little heavy in the water at the tip -- but manageable. Fished fairly heavy / rocky water for a week (plus I stepped on it a couple of times by accident) with no abrasion (by feel anyway) or cut marks in the line. Very durable and abrasion resistant.
This is among my favorite WF lines now.
It may be a bit overpriced but if you consider it is the most important piece of tackle in flyfishing and compare it to all the other stuff in flyfishing you use that is overpriced then it's not awful.
June 23, 2013