Scientific Anglers® Sharkskin™ Ultimate Trout Taper Fly Line
This is amazing
I use this line for trout to bass. It shoots beautiful, straight lines. The only problem is that it cuts my fingers when I strip it in! I don't care though because its awesome.
July 26, 2010
can cast a mile
The claims that it increases your distance are true. It shoots with minimal effort. floats well. The claims that it is so abrasive that it cuts your finger and groves your guides are false. Just remember, with this line you only clean it with soap and water, do not treat it with a line dressing.
June 22, 2010
The sound of feeding line when casting your new SA Sharkskin fly line.
It really makes your guides sing.
I've fished this for a few months now and I LOVE it. It shoots straight, has no memory and floats high and dry (even in riffles).
The welded loop is as good as I've ever seen and makes changing leaders a snap (before this line I clipped the loops).
Buy a spool and try it out today with the confidence that 3M/Scientific Angler will NEVER release a bad product.
June 23, 2009
Fly line for the occasional fly fisherman
Micro-texturing on the surface of the fly line improves performance, but at the expense of fishability.
I found that I could shoot more line out than with other lines. Like 15 extra feet extra, even on a sloppy cast. This is due to the shark skin texture of the line. The little bumps present less surface are to the line guides on your fly rod than a smooth line does, and thus reduce friction. The Sharkskin line is also very high floating. Those same micro-pores on the line trap air bubbles close to the surface of the line and keep it floating high in the water.
The shark skin texture has its disadvantages. The first one I found out after just one day of fishing with it. My stripping finger was sort of raw after a day of managing line. In the crook of my index finger, where the line had been nestled all day, I had developed rope burn, which, a day later, began to resemble in shape and color, the marks found on the neck of a cutthroat trout. On the one hand, this is no deal breaker. For a line that performs this well, I could just buy a stripping guard and deal with the odd looks I'd get from strangers looking at the thing on my finger.
Another positive is that the line is very low memory. Coils do not exist with this line. However, it's not all good news. The line is high floating, but once it gets in a riffle, it sinks and doesn't come back to the surface. Compared to other fly lines, the Sharkskin is very lacking in buoyancy once submerged like this. OK, that's weird. Another thing is that when you pick the line up off of still water, it causes more of a splash than other lines. If you're sight fishing to trout, this could be the difference between catching and spooking a fish.
The deal breaker for me wasn't the rope burn on my stripping finger, or the fact that the line sinks when it gets into a riffle, but it was thinking about what could happen to the guides, or the softer guide wrappings, on my $500 fly rod if this fly line is abrasive enough to give me rope burn in just one day of managing line. I hesitate to think what the line could do to a rod if the person using it actively fishes streamers, or targets large species of fish that take long runs, such as steelhead. Add onto that the fact that the micro-pores in the line actually collect little grains of sand when the line is wet, and it was enough for me to sell the Sharkskin and buy another line.
June 26, 2008