Ouch! We had a love hate relationship with the Sharkskin Fly Line, but not anymore.
When Scientific Angler introduced the Sharkskin™ family of lines in 2007, they weren’t simply the latest in a long line of high-quality innovations. The Sharkskin created an entirely new category of product: textured fly lines.
These lines, developed and manufactured at the Scientific Anglers facility in Midland, Michigan, represented one of the most interesting and groundbreaking evolutions in the history of fly line technology.
The benefits of the textured lines were numerous: increased surface area allowed the lines to sit higher in the water, offering less drag, easier mending, less water spray, and easier pick-ups; the micro-textured surface trapped air to provide increases in both shootability and flotation—all while decreasing friction; and the microreplicated pattern increased the durability of the lines, allowing them to last up to twice as long.
The downside is, fiction burns that resulted in cuts, blisters and a general miserable day on the river, lake or saltwater.
Anyone who has fished the Sharkskin always had a Band-Aid, stripping guard or glove when using these great fly lines. We endured the inconvenience in order to fish some of the best lines out there. But we were not without a voice to our representatives from SA reliving our most recent cut or blister.
In 2014, using what SA had learned while developing the Sharkskin, they developed the Mastery Textured series. These lines took the high points of the Sharkskin technology and combined them with the easy feel of traditional, smooth fly lines, resulting in a textured line that performs like the Sharkskin, but feels smoother to the touch.
Then something struck SA: Let’s take the best parts of the Sharkskin, combine it with the Mastery Textured series, and see what happens.
|The result? Meet the SharkWave, the world’s first Triple Textured and Triple-Colored fly line. Featuring Sharkskin texture on the tip section, [approximately 25 feet] Mastery Textured divots for the belly and running line, a smooth Tactile Reference Point where the head meets the running line, SA•ID line identification, AST dry slick technology, Improved Dry Tip technology, and Streamlined Loops, the SharkWave is unlike any fly line SA has ever produced.|
It’s fishing. Friction-free with the combination of their two top selling lines incorporated. If you shied away from the Sharkskin in the past because of the noise, abrasion or annoyance of wearing a finger sleeve now is the time to reevaluation your decision. The Sharkwave has set some high marks.
Thanks to SA for allowing us to use their literature reproduction.
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