Stillwater fly fishing can be a finicky, particular game at times. The fish are ever-present, but there are days when getting them to eat seems like the most difficult task in the world. Having a solid fleet of fly lines allows you to cover a multitude of scenarios, here are the lines I have chosen for the 2018 guiding season along with a short outline of their different uses. All lines are weight forward, six weight aside from our fastest sinking line.
Scientific Anglers Amplitude MPX
This is my favourite floating fly line on the market. It is versatile, the taper is just aggressive enough and it lays perfectly straight when fishing static presentations. This line is used for chironomid fishing both with and without indicators as well as fishing mayfly nymphs, leeches and scuds in shallow water. The taper also caters to fishing dries and emergers without making too much of a disturbance on the water’s surface.
Scientific Anglers Wavelength Titan Taper
This line is used almost exclusively for turning over indicator rigs and long leaders. Its rear taper is very short, and the head of the line is aggressively designed to cast longer, heavier setups. This taper is also very forgiving and works well for those just learning to cast.
Scientific Anglers Sonar Stillwater Hover
This is the slowest sinking line that I own. It falls at a rate of 1 inch per second and is a machine in shallow, clear water. Crawling mayfly nymphs, fishing damsels close to the reeds, stripping leeches across marl flats, this is an excellent line for fishing ten feet of water or less. A big advantage that intermediate lines have over floating lines is that they do not create a wake or disturbance in the surface film.
Scientific Anglers Stillwater Seamless Density S3/S5
This line is a full sinking line that is designed with a faster sink rate up front than the running line. This creates a uniform sink rate without hinging. This line is most often used for fishing water that is 10 to 15 feet deep with a wide variety of flies including leeches, dragonfly nymphs, damsels and blobs.
Scientific Anglers Stillwater Seamless Density WF-7-S5/S7
This line gets down. This is the fastest sinking line of the fleet. With a front sinking rate of 7 inches per second, this line is perfect for hanging chironomids vertically in deep water as well as fishing dragonfly nymphs, boobies, and blobs. You’ll notice a gray section of line attached to the front of the sinking line, this is called a “Booby Tip” that is a 5-foot section of floating line used to keep booby and blob patterns near, but not on the bottom.
This is a new one for me that I’m very excited about. This line has a complex sink rate, that purposefully allows the line to form a belly as it sinks. The middle of the line is designed to sink faster than the running line and the front of the line, usually this is not what we want in a sinking line but there are times when a belly/hinge in the line gives you an advantage. An example of this would be fishing water boatmen imitations that fish best when being pulled down through the water column. I made a homemade version of this when I was in my teens by attaching 10 feet of floating line to a fast sink to give this exact presentation. This is the first line of its kind and I’m sure it will see a lot of game time in the 2018 season.
That’s all for right now! A huge thank you to Scientific Anglers for allowing us to put the best lines on the market in the hands of our guests on every trip. If you are interested in getting on the water in 2018, fill out the form below and I will get you set up. Spring is here!