Scientific Anglers Wet Tip Express Fly Line

Scientific Anglers Wet Tip Express Fly Line

Smooth casting with a level sinking head.

  • By: Buzz Bryson

If you're ever watched Scientific Anglers line designer Bruce Richards cast, you quickly realize it doesn't matter much whether he's using a fly line, kite string, or an old clothes line. Whatever the line, he forms those nice, smooth parallel loops we all aspire to. Therefore, I wasn't overly impressed when Bruce stood in the boat next to me, casting for albacore with those monotonously tight, parallel loops while using what was clearly a sinking-head line. Worse, he was false casting the entire sinking head, plus a fair amount of"overhang," as the running line is typically called.

It was only my genteel Southern upbringing that made me say"Really nice loops Bruce." He replied"It's that new Wet Tip Express that we just introduced and I showed you at the trade show. Here try it."

Bruce had previously explained that a section of larger-diameter transitional"handling" line had been incorporated into the WTE between the sinking head and the floating running line, to smooth the normally abrupt transition caused by the density change. He also explained that the taper in the head eliminated the normal crashing cast associated with a level sinking head. I had listened, but assumed there was at least a little bit of marketing in the description. That was, until I cast it. After that I was a believer.

Bruce got his rod and reel back, but I kept the fly line… If you've avoided trying a sinking head, either because you've read or heard about the problems of casting one or because you think you can make do with a floater and a box of split-shots, well, you need to rethink that position. Although the split-shot setup is cheap, always available and versatile, it is certainly not the best choice for all situations, particularly when you want smooth and accurate casting. There's a reason the term"chuck-and-duck" has particularly painful meaning to those who've not mastered the split-shot technique. The WTE comes in both freshwater and saltwater versions. The freshwater version has a 25-foot sinking head and comes in weights of 150 to 550 grains, in 100-grain increments. The saltwater version has a longer 32-foot head, and comes in slightly heavier weights of 175 to 575 grains, again in 100-grain increments. Both the fresh- and saltwater versions come with a braided multifilament core, and for tropical anglers, there is a stiffer braided monofilament core (Tropi-Core) available in the saltwater series. All incorporate the slick-casting AST in their floating running lines. Once you realize that the WTE doesn't cast like the sinking-head line your daddy used, you'll begin to find all sorts of applications: not only trout, but also shad and stripers, tarpon laid up in deeper water and largemouth holding in deeper structure. There's a world of underwater fun out there, and this line will help you reach it. The line retails for $59.95.