Many years ago when I showed Howard West, an executive with Scientific Anglers, how I made these with old fly lines. He was very excited and offered to build a hollow version and put them on the market as Scientific Anglers Indicators. Today it is my favorite indicator because it preforms many invaluable angling functions in addition to detecting strikes. Some of these include being a depth gauge when swing nymphing, tippet locator when using a back up drift streamer technique, fly-locator when fishing midges on long leaders, depth gauge when using the escape streamer technique and strike detector when using a dead drifting nymph technique. Many of you who have taken my “On the Stream Schools” will be familiar with these ways of using the Scientific Anglers Indicators.
Part Two Blog on Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30 Warm Fly Line
The new Scientific Anglers Sink 30 Warm is an outstanding fast sinking head line. The thirty foot head sinks at 4.0 to 8.0 ips (sinks four feet to fifteen feet) which has an intermediate running line. The 200 grain line for five to seven weight rods is great for trout and smallmouth bass. The 350 grain line is excellent for eight to ten weight rods in saltwater. I find the 350 grain line ideal for my saltwater fishing at the Outer Banks. I use my Murry’s Fluorocarbon Sinking 6 foot Leader with these lines. These lines replace the Teeny 200 and 350 grain sinking head lines.
See our next blog for more information on new Scientific Anglers Lines.
Part One Blog on Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip Fly Line
Scientific Anglers New Sonar Sink Tip 3 Fly Line which sinks at 2.50 to 4.25 inches per second is an excellent fly line for both trout and bass fishing. This enables us to fish nymphs and streamers much deeper than is possible with a floating fly line. Due to the new taper it casts just as smoothly as the weight forward floating fly line. We stock this in all weights from 5 through 8. I use the Murray’s Fluorocarbon Sinking 6 foot Leader on these fly lines. This replaces the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip III Sinking Tip Fly Line.
The new Scientific Anglers Frequency Boost weight forward floating fly lines cast very smoothly with larger and heavier flies than we would normally use on these line sizes. This specialty taper is a great help when fishing in windy conditions. Sized 1.5 times heavy (half size heavy) for faster action fly rods. Great for wind resistant flies and those situations in which you need to cast extra weight.
This fly line does not cast heavy wind resistant flies such as popping bugs and heavy streamers (Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass flies) as well as the Scientific Anglers Frequency Magnum Fly Lines.
Fly Line Sizes: 3 – 6
Weight Forward Floating Fly Line
The new Scientific Anglers Frequency Boost Magnum Fly Lines have a specialty taper which places extra weight in the forward section of the floating fly line. This presents large and heavy flies very smoothly and loads fast action rods very well. This is the taper I prefer for our smallmouth bass fly fishing because it turns over the heavy, bulky, wind resistant flies such as Popping Bugs and heavy streamers. This is an excellent smallmouth or largemouth bass fishing fly line. Similar taper to the discontinued Scientific Anglers Bass Bug Taper Fly Lines.
These fly lines do not mend or roll cast as well as fly lines with a less aggressive front taper such as the Frequency Boost Fly Line.
Weight Forward Floating Fly Line
Fly fishing at the water temperature we have in October (50’s) using the correct fly line wil help you catch the largest bass.
At this time of the year I make sure I carry three different style fly lines in order to fish my flies at the depth required to catch bass at all depths in which they might feed.
1. I use a floating fly line in order to catch them in shallow water and when they feed on the surface.
2. I use a Scientific Anglers Mastery Sink Tip III Fly Line to fish the fast runs and moderately deep water.
3. I use a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Fly Line in order to fish the deepest pools.
The Scientific Anglers Indicators are extremely valuable to the smallmouth angler. After showing the students on the stream in my smallmouth schools how to properly use these, their statement is frequently, “I can’t believe how much difference they make”.
Placing one in the butt of my Bright Butt Knotted Leader and one in the next strand down they:
1-Enable you to see if your fly is swinging properly in the current where you want it.
2-Help you see if you are getting the depth you need.
3-Detect the strikes.