Important News

2015 MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Results

 

The 11th annual MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” was held on Saturday, Oct. 17th. Anglers gathered at The Meadows Country Club Community Association building on Friday evening for the captains meeting and on Saturday afternoon for angler check in and awards luncheon. The tournament, hosted jointly by the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers and the Sarasota chapter of Coastal Conservation Association, benefits the conservation or education programs of both organizations. Anglers could fish any water on the west coast of Florida using flies only in a catch, digital photo, release format fishing tournament for reds, trout, snook and more. All fish were photographed and immediately released. Winners were awarded Orvis Recon fly rod outfits, handsome plaques and gift certificates.

Donors to the event were Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Chouinard Outdoor Associates, Simms, Umpqua, Andy Thornal Company, Flats Bandit, The Compound and Craig Smothers (saltflys.com).

 

Open Division-based on total inches (guides, anglers fishing with guides and any other angler wishing to compete)

 

Slam-largest snook, redfish and trout

Capt. Colby Hane, Sarasota, FL                                                         61.5”

 

Trout

Capt. Jeff Brue, Tampa, FL                                                                64.75”

 

Redfish

Doug Forde, Sarasota, FL                                                                  16”

 

Snook

Steve Gibson, Sarasota, FL                                                                125.75″

 

Fly Angler Division-based on a point per inch format for redfish, snook, trout and multiple other species (no guides allowed in this division)

 

1st place- Fred Mclendon, Lithia, FL                                                 519.75  points

2nd place-Cody Vaughan-Birch, Port Charlotte, FL                         222 points

3rd place-Ken Babineaux, Sarasota, FL                                             203 points

4th place-Jim Knowles, Bradenton, FL                                              201.75


 

Florida IFFF Council Show Registration

FLORIDA COUNCIL 2015 FLY FISHING EXPO

REGISTRATION POLICIES:

 

Registration opens:  Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. EDT.  Go to www.ifff-florida.org to register.  We will accept online registrations only.  These registration policies are subject to change at any time to adapt as needed.

Online Registration:  We offer online registration through RegOnline, a worldwide registration company.  The service provides a real-time registration process and enhances our ability to manage all aspects of the Expo.  Upon registering, you will receive an electronic confirmation.  Registration includes entry into the exhibit hall for the two-day period.  You must also register to sign up for workshops, meal events or any special activities.

Registration deadline:  Registration will close Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. EDT.  After that date you may register in-person at the Expo Registration Desk during the show.  You may also purchase workshops at that time, if available.  We encourage online registration to ensure the registrant has access to the most current available workshops.

Banquet Dinner Tickets:  Tickets for entry to the Banquet Dinner must be purchased prior to the registration close date to guarantee a seat.

Workshop Wait Lists:  The wait list is handled by the online registration system.  If a cancellation is received the next person on the list is contacted.

Refund Policies:

  1. Changing workshops or Cancelling a workshop:
    1. Modify your registration online. To do this, just log on to the RegOnline system with your username and password.  Unfortunately, NO changes can be accepted, regardless of method, after Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.
    2. One free change can be made to your registration. A processing fee of $10 will apply for subsequent changes. All changes must be made before 5 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2015.
    3. When registering online, it should not allow overlap in your schedule; however it is advised you review your schedule to make sure – we DO NOT check this for you.
    4. If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you have enrolled, we encourage you to select a replacement. Submit your change online prior to 5 pm. Sunday, September 27, 2015.
    5. Should it become necessary, the Florida Council reserves the right to cancel any workshop. In the event that a workshop instructor cancels his/her session, the Florida Council reserves the right to select a skilled alternate instructor.
  2. Cancelling Attendance to the Expo (if you are unable to attend after you have registered)
    1. All cancellations will incur a $4 cancellation fee for processing, regardless of when the cancellation is received.
    2. Refunds will be issued on cancellations received prior to September 27, 2015 less the $4 cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed as soon as possible.
    3. Cancellations received after September 27, 2015 will NOT be refunded. All fees and banquet tickets purchased will be forfeited.
    4. Cancellations should be submitted via the online registration site.
    5. If you choose, you may donate all or a portion of your refund to the Florida Council.

 

The Florida Council Fly Fishing Expo is the only fundraising event to support the ongoing mission and goals of the Florida chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  At any time during the online process, you may make a donation to the Florida Council.  You will be sent a donation letter for tax purposes.


 

 

Proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act

This bill effects the gulf fishery and saltwater recreational anglers.  No bill is perfect, but this is a step in the right direction putting the recreational angler ahead of commercial interests.


 

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2015

May is the month for the Fly Fishing Film Tour 2015.  This series presents fly fishing film clips from picturesque scenes from around the world.  If this doesn’t make you want to go out and go fishing, nothing will.  It will be shown Thursday, May 14th at the Orlando Science Center.  The film starts at 7 PM.  Tickets can be purchased online from Orlando Outfitters for $12.  You can follow this link to buy tickets:  http://www.orlandooutfitters.com/film-tour/film-tour-ticket.html .  Alternatively, you purchase tickets from:

  • Hell’s Bay Boatworks 321-383-8223
  • Orlando Outfitters 407-896-8220
  • Mosquito Creek Outdoors 407-464-2000

And finally, tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.

 


 

Federal Excise Tax #637

By Craig Smothers

    I thought I’d enlighten most of you about a Federal Excise Tax that the sport of fly fishing incurs.  Unbeknownst to just about all of you, the Feds’ have been collecting a 10% Excise Tax on much of the equipment we all use since the late ‘50’s.  It is charged to the first sale of said equipment.   I pay the tax on every fly I tie when it is sold to an individual, store, or wholesaler, based on the price.  But first, let’s examine what the Feds’ tax and who pays the tax.

For me, I am registered to collect this tax.  When I purchase hooks from a wholesaler, I tell them this and I get them at a “pre-tax” price.  After I build the fly, I am then responsible for tax on the sale of the fly.  If I buy the hooks from a store, those hooks are already taxed.   I am no longer responsible for the portion of the fly sale tax for which the taxed hook has prepaid.  IE, if the hook cost me $1, and the fly costs $5, I pay 40 cents tax rather than 50 cents.  I have to be very careful in determining exactly how much I owe.

Another example would come to a rod builder.  Let’s say Sage sells a completed rod to a wholesaler.  Sage is responsible for the tax on that rod’s cost to the wholesaler.  But if Sage sells a blank to a private rod builder, and that rod builder is registered to collect the Excise Tax, Sage passes the responsibility to collect that tax to the rod builder on the completed rod.  The rod builder pays tax on the first sale of the completed rod.

So what items are taxed?  It’s a confusing list: Tackle Boxes, Nets, Hooks, Lead Eyes, Beads, Rubber Legs, Lures, Jigs, Flies, Lure components, Rods, Reels, Fly Lines (I’m not sure about mono).  There is more on the list of taxed items.

But the tax is not just another way for the Feds’ to dip into your wallet.  We as sportsmen directly benefit from the taxes which are collected.  As it happens, Robert Sousa, a MCFF member, was at the center of how these taxes were distributed back to the States.  His article, which follows, is a look at how the Feds distribute these funds and what they’re used for.  Ultimately, it is about how we all benefit from the collection of these taxes.


 

Sport Fish Restoration Fact Sheet

by Bob Sousa

Attached is a compilation of information regarding the Sport Fish Restoration program.   I got most of this from the USFWS (Marilyn Laval) in Atlanta who administer this program across the Southeast including Florida.   I added a section regarding diversions as this has always been an important part of the USFWS program administration and it is what I did in Washington and then in the Northeast before I retired.   Examples of local use of these funds includes the boat ramp across from the Van Wezel and Gina Russo’s fish hatchery and aquatic education programs in Ruskin.   I am sure that there are many other examples in the area as well.

 

I hope this helps folks understand the importance of having this program in place because without it, there would be little funding to conduct many of the efforts that directly impact our sport fish and access to our waters throughout the state and country.  Please feel free to forward this to other IFFF affiliates.   One roll we can play is to keep an eye on any future amendments that could change or alter this most successful program where the direct benefits help us enjoy the sport that we all love.


Fact Sheet on the Sport Fish Restoration Program in Florida.

 

The Sport Fish Restoration Program (SFR or DJ Program) was authorized by the Sport Fish Restoration Act (also called Dingell-Johnson Act) in 1950 to provide grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access projects and aquatic education projects.

Description of the SFR program

The SFR Program is a cooperative effort involving Federal and State government agencies, the sport fishing industry, anglers and boaters. The program increases sport fishing and boating opportunities through wise investment of excise tax dollars in sport fishery development and management projects. Funds are derived from a 10 percent Federal excise tax on selected fishing tackle and equipment. The Wallop-Breaux Amendment of 1984 expanded the program by adding more tackle and sport fishing equipment under the excise tax and included the Federal fuel taxes attributable to motor boats and small engines. The program has helped State wildlife agencies restore and better manage America’s fisheries resources. As of 2014 the SFR Program provided about $8 billion Nationwide in funds utilized by the States for a variety of eligible activities.

Up to 15 percent of the State’s total SFR funding may be used for aquatic resource education. The Program provides grant funds to States for angler education, including stewardship and conservation to enhance public understanding and conservation of the nation’s water resources and associated aquatic life forms.

The SFR program mandates that States use 15 percent of funding on recreational boating access projects. The Boating Access (BA) Program funds projects that provide recreational boaters with access to America’s waterways by developing new access facilities and renovating or improving existing facilities. In addition, the BA program funds fish cleaning stations, parking areas, and restrooms, among other boating amenities

How are the funds collected and distributed?

Industry partners pay excise taxes and import duties on equipment and gear manufactured for purchase by hunters, anglers, boaters, archers, and recreational shooters. Federal taxes on motorboat and small engine fuels are also a source of DJ funding. Federal tax collection agencies are responsible for collecting the excise taxes. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau collects taxes on firearms, and ammunition. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection collects taxes on goods imported for sport fishing and boating. The Internal Revenue Service collects excise taxes from fishing and archery items. The collecting agencies deposit PR and DJ funds into the Wildlife Restoration Account, and the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, respectively.

Eligible States receive PR and DJ funds through formula-based permanent appropriations. The distribution formulas are based primarily on land and water area and the number of paid recreational hunting and fishing license holders in each State.

Florida received $10,966,118 in SFR Funding for the 2014 apportionment from the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund.  The Final Apportionment for 2015 is not available to date.

How are SFR Funds utilized by States?   

The State fish and wildlife agencies make their own management decisions as to how the funds are utilized. State agencies can use funds for a variety of purposes, as long as they accomplish program goals and are eligible under the Acts. Grants typically fund up to

75 percent of the project costs. Most States must provide a matching share of up to

25 percent. Usually the matching share comes from State hunting and fishing license revenues.

What are the limitations on how the funds can be used by the States?

The Federal regulations that govern the Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration, and Hunter Education and Safety (Enhanced Hunter Education and Safety) financial assistance programs are found under Title 50 Part 80 of the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 80), entitled “Administrative Requirements, Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts (the Acts).”  The regulations state the following on eligible and ineligible activities:

“§ 80.51What activities are eligible for funding under the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act?  The following activities are eligible for funding under the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act:(a) Sport Fish Restoration program.

(1) Restore and manage sport fish for the benefit of the public.

(2) Conduct research on the problems of managing fish and their habitat and the problems of fish culture if necessary to administer sport fish resources efficiently.

(3) Obtain data to guide and direct the regulation of fishing. These data may be on:(i) Size and geographic range of sport fish populations;(ii) Changes in sport fish populations due to fishing, other human activities, or natural causes; and(iii) Effects of any measures or regulations applied.

(4) Develop and adopt plans to restock sport fish and forage fish in the natural areas or districts covered by the plans; and obtain data to develop, carry out, and test the effectiveness of the plans.

(5) Stock fish for recreational purposes.

(6) Acquire real property suitable or capable of being made suitable for:(i) Sport fish habitat or as a buffer to protect that habitat; or(ii) Public access for sport fishing. Closures to sport fishing must be based on the recommendations of the State fish and wildlife agency for fish and wildlife management purposes.

(7) Restore, rehabilitate, improve, or manage:(i) Aquatic areas adaptable for sport fish habitat; or(ii) Land adaptable as a buffer to protect sport fish habitat.

(8) Build structures or acquire equipment, goods, and services to:(i) Restore, rehabilitate, or improve aquatic habitat for sport fish, or land as a buffer to protect aquatic habitat for sport fish; or(ii) Provide public access for sport fishing.

(9) Construct, renovate, operate, or maintain pumpout and dump stations. A pumpout station is a facility that pumps or receives sewage from a type III marine sanitation device that the U.S. Coast Guard requires on some vessels. A dump station, also referred to as a “waste reception facility,” is specifically designed to receive waste from portable toilets on vessels.

(10) Operate or maintain:(i) Projects that the State fish and wildlife agency completed under the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act; or(ii) Facilities that the agency acquired or constructed with funds other than those authorized by the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act if these facilities are necessary to carry out activities authorized by the Act.

(11) Coordinate grants in the Sport Fish Restoration program and related programs and subprograms.

(b) Sport Fish Restoration—Recreational Boating Access subprogram.(1) Acquire land for new facilities, build new facilities, or acquire, renovate, or improve existing facilities to create or improve public access to the waters of the United States or improve the suitability of these waters for recreational boating. A broad range of access facilities and associated amenities can qualify for funding, but they must provide benefits to recreational boaters. “Facilities” includes auxiliary structures necessary to ensure safe use of recreational boating access facilities.(2) Conduct surveys to determine the adequacy, number, location, and quality of facilities providing access to recreational waters for all sizes of recreational boats.

(c) Sport Fish Restoration—Aquatic Resource Education subprogram. Enhance the public’s understanding of water resources, aquatic life forms, and sport fishing, and develop responsible attitudes and ethics toward the aquatic environment.

(d) Sport Fish Restoration—Outreach and Communications subprogram.(1) Improve communications with anglers, boaters, and the general public on sport fishing and boating opportunities.(2) Increase participation in sport fishing and boating.(3) Advance the adoption of sound fishing and boating practices including safety.(4) Promote conservation and responsible use of the aquatic resources of the United States.

 

  • 80.52May an activity be eligible for funding if it is not explicitly eligible in this part? An activity may be eligible for funding even if this part does not explicitly designate it as an eligible activity if:(a) The State fish and wildlife agency justifies in the project statement how the activity will help carry out the purposes of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act or the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act; and (b) The Regional Director concurs with the justification.
  • 80.52May an activity be eligible for funding if it is not explicitly eligible in this part? An activity may be eligible for funding even if this part does not explicitly designate it as an eligible activity if:(a) The State fish and wildlife agency justifies in the project statement how the activity will help carry out the purposes of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act or the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act; and (b) The Regional Director concurs with the justification.


 

  • 80.53 Are costs of State central services eligible for funding? Administrative costs in the form of overhead or indirect costs for State central services outside of the State fish and wildlife agency are eligible for funding under the Acts and must follow an approved cost allocation plan. These expenses must not exceed 3 percent of the funds apportioned annually to the State under the Acts.

 

  • 80.54 What activities are ineligible for funding? The following activities are ineligible for funding under the Acts, except when necessary to carry out project purposes approved by the Regional Director:(a) Law enforcement activities.(b) Public relations activities to promote the State fish and wildlife agency, other State administrative units, or the State.(c) Activities conducted for the primary purpose of producing income.(d) Activities, projects, or programs that promote or encourage opposition to the regulated taking of fish, hunting, or the trapping of wildlife.”

What is the land and water area of Florida?

The Headquarters Office uses the Census’ Statistical Abstract as the source table for the total land area data used for calculations of the apportionments to the States.

How many licensed anglers were reported for Florida?

The information for licensed anglers in Florida for 2014 is listed below.  Historical data for fishing license reports from 2004 through 2013 is provided in Attachment 2.

 

Resident Licenses, Tags, Permits and Stamps                        1,586,267

Non-Resident Licenses, Tags, Permits and Stamps                   553,853

Total Licenses, Tags, Permits and Stamps                              2,140,120

What is the freshwater/saltwater allocation for Florida?

The percentages of Freshwater and Saltwater anglers in Florida as calculated in 2011 are 41/59.

Note:  The information on this fact sheet was taken from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Brochure provided on Attachment 4, and from other information provided on the Service’s WSFR website found at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/SFR/SFR.htm. More information on Attachments 5, 6, 7.

Compiled by Marilyn Lawal, Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, WSFR Program, Southeast Region, Atlanta. 3/26/2015.

Addendum:

A state’s annual apportionment of Sport Fish Restoration funds from the USFWS is based 60% on the number of fishing license holders in the state and 40% on the total land and water area of the state relative to the license holders and area in other states.   In order for an identified license holder to be counted in a state’s apportionment formula, the license must generate “significant net revenue”…generally considered to be at least $1.00 over the cost of production and distribution of the license.   Currently, Florida does not qualify to use “Senior Citizen Resident Licenses) because there is no revenue generated nor does the state legislature reimburse the Fish and Wildlife Commission for these licenses.   Years back, I seem to remember that each license increased the state’s apportionment by about $2.65 so Florida is missing out to some degree for all of us who no longer need a fishing license due to age and residency.

The value of the Sport Fish Restoration program goes beyond the dollars apportioned annually to each state/territory.   For example, all assets, including land and water areas, launch ramps, etc. acquired using SFR funds must continue to be used for the purposes intended as specified in the initial grant.   Moreover, all license fees collected by the state fish and wildlife agency also must be used to carry out the state’s fish and wildlife programs.   Any diversion of these license fees and/or assets to other purposes beyond the administration of the fish and wildlife agency immediately imperils any additional SFR or Wildlife Restoration (shooting sports).

Many Governors and politicians do not like this provision because they loose quite a bit of flexibility on how the funds are used in their state.   Remember, the Fish and Wildlife agency of the state determines how the funds are to be used.   Yet, since 1950, this provision has protected taxes paid by anglers, boaters, shooters and hunters and the fishing/hunting license fees they paid insuring that these funds continue to be invested in sport fish, wildlife and boating programs throughout the State of Florida.

     Bob Sousa, USFWS (retired)



 

       

Boy Scouts Fish and Wildlife Merit Badge

Robert Sousa

Attached is a table of the past 5 years of BSA Merit Badge accomplishments.    I am off to CA tomorrow to teach another BSA Certified Angler Instructor course to 11 adults.   On Sunday they have 50 scouts coming in to earn their Fishing/Fly Fishing Merit Badges so these newly minted CAI’s will be put to the test right away.   The increases you are seeing in completed merit badges is a direct result of our CAI efforts.   At the rate we are going, I expect to see Fly Fishing exceeding 10,000 per year by 2018.   For lots of reasons (the biggest of which is that the scout fails to catch a fish) there are many partially completed merit badges out there.

 

One of our biggest changes we’ve made is that we are getting away from “trophy” fisheries and rather going to a well populated or stocked bluegill pond.   The scout just wants to catch a fish and a hard fighting 2″ bluegill represents a major step toward completing that merit badge and inspiring that youngster to become a life long angler.   Remembering back, most of us caught a bluegill as our first fish.

 

In any event, there are about 6 scheduled CAI courses nationwide being presented over the next 5-6 months.   I think I am on schedule to do 3-4 of them.

Boy Scouts of America

MERIT BADGE TABLE

5-YEAR COMPARISON

MERIT BADGE 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 TOTAL THROUGH 1914
Fish & Wildlife Management 14,825 16,162 15,528 13,411 13,749 653,208
Fishing 29,806 32,048 31,932 29,788 28,119 1,988,949
Fly Fishing 475 4,605 4,291 4,690 4,537 27,179
Fishing Related – Total 45,106 52,815 51,751 47,889 46,405 2,669,336

Fly Leader Construction

Capt Rick Grassett

-These are Lefty’s formulas or variations of them. I use this formula when building leaders for 6 through 9-weight fly tackle (not tarpon).

-For floating fly lines leaders are 10’ to 12’ consisting of 50% butt section, 20% mid section, 20% tippet and 10% bite tippet (40-lb, 25-lb, 16-lb, 30-lb)

-For sinking or sink tip fly lines leaders are 6′ to 7′ consisting of 50% butt section, 25% tippet and 25%  bite tippet (40-lb, 20 or 25-lb, 30-lb)

-I use surgeons knots to join segments of leader together, a Perfection Loop on the butt end to join the leader to the fly line with a loop to loop connection and an non-slip

mono loop knot to tie the fly on.

-I prefer Orvis Mirage fluorocarbon to build my leaders

 

Capt Pete Greenan

At the meeting in Feburary, Pete talked a bit about leader constuction.  The one thing I came away with was he likes the Rio 10′ 16lb Saltwater Taper Leaders.

 

ME: Craig Smothers

I have several different types of leaders I use.  My redfish (only) leader is built from Maxima Ultragreen leader material in the butt section.  It’s made up from 4′ of 40lb, 3′ of 30lb, 2′ of 16lb, and then 18″ of 10lb Fluorocarbon. Ends up as a 12′ 6″ leader for my 8wt.  I do not use this for snook or general fishing, nor do I use it on my 6wt which is my normal rod.


 

HEAD TO HEAD

Robert J Sousa

COMPARISON OF TWO CLEAR TIP SLOW SINK INTERMEDIATE FLY LINES

 

When the fish are not feeding on the surface, sometimes you just need to get your fly down to where they are feeding.   Further, as the water temperature drops, fish tend to go deeper so a sink tip fly line might be a useful tool to help you get your fly down to the strike zone.   I have been trying to find the ideal slow sink fly line for a long time and I am now just concluding my “head to head” test on two of them.

 

I used my well worn 7wt March Brown Hidden Water  7 piece travel rod.  Both fly lines were clear tip 8 weight lines with a 1.25-1.75 ips sink rate.   January and February waters are cool (60 degrees common) even in Sarasota, so line memory can be a big problem as some of the plastics and polymers used to construct these fly lines tend to be more tense and less relaxed in cooler temperatures creating stand up loops.   As you begin the casting sequence, one loop can easily be picked up by another loop as the cast is being made and the result is a knotty snarl occurring up at the first stripping guide.    All experienced fly anglers encounter this problem form time to time.   If it happens once in a while it’s no big deal.   But if it happens often, that is less time for the fly in the water fishing and more time untangling.   As my Grandfather told me, you have to have a hook in the water in order to catch a fish!

 

 

CORTLAND

PRECISION Premium Fly Line

Ghost Tip 15’  8WT WF F/ST     STK # 472334

SKU 43372 47233

 

First off, I loved the new packaging Cortland is using on its Precision Fly lines.   The line is inside a neat metal canister that can be used for multiple purposes like a first aid kit, leader storage, etc.   Since the line comes with loops at both ends, attachment to the reel is easy especially if you have a line winder or the new pressed fiber spool that comes with the line.

 

On the first day out, the line had a little memory but by day 3, it was very relaxed and I did not have one snarl all day.   Despite cool water and cool days, this line performed in an excellent fashion.   It flowed smoothly through the guides and delivered perfect casts.

 

On the down side, I think the line is a bit underweighted…at least for my casting style.   I plan on getting a 9wt line to try it as well.

The terminal ends of the line come with welded loops.    After significant pull by some larger ladyfish, I noticed that the loop nearest the leader was beginning to come apart.    My immediate fix was to get short piece of #20 fluorocarbon tippet material and tie a whip finish to tightly seize the loop from failing.

 

RATING: 9 OF 10

 

SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS

MASTERY  SERIES Striped Bass

WF-8-S (Slow sink)

SKU 51141 31674

 

The Mastery Series is a long time standard among experienced fly anglers so I was delighted to give this line a shot.    The packaging was typical of fly lines … a box with end flap line designation and a plastic internal spool.  The fly line does not come with terminal loops so you will need to use traditional knots for affixing backing and leader.

 

On the first day using the line it had a strong memory forming loops that would stand up.    I thought this might straighten out as I stretched it manually and, my favorite way to stretch a line… catch numerous large fish!    Still it did cast nicely when loops were not picked up and I thought it was fairly well designated as an 8 weight fly line.

 

After using it for another 10 days, I finally gave up on it.   It just had too much memory and despite my efforts to try to stretch the loop memory out, it would not relax for long.   Since this line is designated a striped bass line, I thought it would be designed to relax in cooler water where striped bass are commonly found.   Unfortunately, this is not the case and it became too frustrating to use.

 

RATING:  4 OF 10

Intermediate fly lines