SA Steelhead Taper fly line
Scientific Anglers Steelhead Taper Fly Line
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11/26/04
Fly Line
Scientific Anglers
Steelhead Taper
$62.99
Eric Z.
8.0
Manufacturer's Description:
"Specially designed for the big-water requirements of steelhead and salmon fly anglers, the Steelhead Taper is the ultimate choice for long-distance line control, allowing mending and roll casting up to 70'. Unlike other long-belly fly lines, Mastery Series Steelhead has a specifically designed taper that best meets the unique needs of big water anglers:
  • Longer head for increased distance
  • Turns over big flies with ease
  • Longer front taper delays turnover
  • Extended rear taper facilitates long-distance mending and pickups
  • Rear taper also increases your ability to carry and control more line in the air
  • Stays supple in cold steelhead water

Specifications:
Steelhead Tapers come in Mist Green only and are 105' in length.


WeightTipFront TaperBellyRear TaperTotal Head LengthRunning Line
6.5'6.5'29.5'25'61'44'
7.5'7'30'25'62'43'
8.5'7.5'30.5'25'63'42'
9.5'8'31'25'64'41'
10.5'8.5'31.5'25'65'40'

First Impression:
The Steelhead Taper is very easy to cast, and matched up with my rod's line weight designation very well. The lines large head made casting big indicators easy, even with a ton of split shot.

Ratings: (out of 10)
CriteriaRating # 
Performance:  9
Price:7
Construction/Quality:  8
Design:8
TOTAL SCORE:8.0

Performance:
Simply a great performing fly line for indicator fishing and roll casting at distance.

Price:
Another price increase for '04. At $60+ it's at the top end of fly lines.

Construction/Quality:
Not too bad, this line typically lasts me about 2 years. I'm guessing with a little more "TLC" I might get one more out of them, but I doubt it. The coating on the running line cracks after about 3 years and the coating on the lines head starts to "chunk off" many times after about 2.

Design:
Nice design, roll casts heavily weighted strike indicators very well. There's no problem roll casting at 40+' and it overhead casts well also. About the only modification most anglers do to this line is to cut back part of the front taper. It's a little light and quickly dissipates energy when trying to check your indicator.

Plus / Minus:
DesignPrice
Total LengthDurability
Cold Weather PerformanceFront Taper

Conclusions:
Overall, a great fly line if you like to toss heavy indicators or flies. It stays supple and performs well even in the coldest of weather.

Manufacturer Info:
Check out Scientific Anglers website for further information as well as on-line ordering.

Where to Buy:
Cabela's



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