A Quick Note on Textured Fly Lines:
Just like when the Wright Brothers were trying to create an airplane, things don’t always go perfect on the first attempt with new technology. The same can be said with textured fly lines. When they first came out on the market there were issues. “Noisy” “Rough on the hands and guides” “Get dirty easily” are some of the most common complaints I hear around the shop. Well I can say textured fly lines have come a long way. Scientific Anglers have been tweaking their design constantly and have addressed most of the major issues against textured lines.
We are going to focus in on the Sharkwave series of Scientific Angler fly lines. It is what is on most of my go-to fly fishing set-ups.
- Floating Texture on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation
- More aggressive texture; which creates more water to fly line surface area contact leading to a higher floating line.
- Shooting Texture running line delivers longer casts
- Less aggressive texture; which leads to less noise through the guides and no abrasion on finger tips.
To sum it up in my own words, textured fly lines lead to smoother casts due to less friction in the guides from the dimple texture, and a higher floating line due to increased surface contact with the water.
Sure no line is a “one size fits all” magic bullet, but for most of my applications, a textured line is more advantageous than a non-textured line. I’m kind of a fly line geek, and could give you some good reasons for a non textured line in certain applications, and could talk for hours about different line tapers, but for now here is just some quick food for thought on reasons to give textured fly lines a try. Enjoy the snow day Montana!