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: New wonderline

12-08-2005, 01:55 PM
I hear tell of a new wonderline known as the "Yancy Line" designed by a certain PNW steelhead god. Seems it is claimed by him to make the use of 2-handed rods obsolete and unnecessary for steelhead fishing with the fly. And let us not forget this new line also "restores the joy of fishing with lighter equipment", which lets you better feel the fight of the fish while allowing very long casts due to the line's special flat mono running line.

This special line has a floating 20' shooting head rear section ('er I mean line belly) that has a loop on the front to allow you to loop 15' floating and sinking tips to for complete interchangeability and usefulness while producing a line with a belly (or is that shooting head) of sufficient length for pleasurable casting. And the best part is this special "line body" is attached to a special flat mono running line via a special process (or is that whipped splice) in order to make it a complete line that will shoot farther and easier than any other line ever made for steelhead. Of course this new wonderline was developed and designed by him and two of his friends and fishing buddies.

Hmmmm...... I do wonder though if this now means that those northern CA steelheaders and the shad and trout fishers who ply the Delaware between NY and PA will now have to pay him royalties for having been using the shooting heads of 30'-35' with floating bodies and interchangeable 10'-15' tips for at least 30 years. However, these don't have a clue northern CA steelheaders, and the shad and trout fishers of the Delaware, have not been doing it correctly since they never bothered to splice their running lines to the shooting head ('er I mean special line belly) and some of them use regular round mono like Amnesia or even (Gasp!) coated small diameter running line with their heads.

12-09-2005, 08:40 AM

Guess I can sell off all my two-handers and give up on the joy of Spey casting in exchange for this sure-fire new approach. So far I've found it to be the most satisfying, pleasant and challenging type of casting but if this system is going to get me to an even higher nirvana well so be it :lildevl:

Bob Pauli
12-09-2005, 11:22 AM
From, history of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club:

Members Phil Miravalle and Jim Green introduced monofilament as a running line for distance fly casting in 1946 and revolutionized fly casting.

12-09-2005, 11:57 AM

Now you know that just can't be right because this steelhead god from here in WA State just recently came up with this new, sure-fire approach after extensive development and testing with the help of his two best fishing buddies. :chuckle:

12-09-2005, 01:56 PM

I'm glad you are taking over my crusade! And I'm sure you have got my old buddy ST's bazzar mind in a rage over your post. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

12-09-2005, 06:06 PM
Hey OC,

Just helping keep our community of steelhead fly fishers up-to-date on the latest developments from one of the most prolific developers of new (and much better than what has been available before dare I add :)) steelhead fly fishing lines, rods, and of course his famous fly, which I understand ST found a copy of on the banks of an S river last winter.

'Tis indeed a merry time of year, especially with the new things this god has come up with recently. I mean the rest of us won't have a chance, unless we get some of his new developments.

I suppose you, I, and the tipper are going to have to admit that we are uniformed, and have never caught a steelhead because we just don't know how. Hey, we could always ask for the fine Christmas gift of the course and learn from this master, then we might be able to get a fish!

12-10-2005, 03:51 AM
His famous fly? Is this the guy who rocks fish, usues copious amounts of lead and tried to copywrit some pheasant feathers wrapped around a hook?

12-10-2005, 05:34 AM
does he also show up 3,000 miles away to film a tv show with an illeagle rig? naw it can't possibly be the same guy. what ever happened to the mythological mysis shrimp of lake erie? damn, i just tied 1,000 for the shop now we need to film a new show to spur sales. maybe 3 flies together would work even better. what also amazes me is how small these lines are, one could almost say they were...tiny!?

Big K1
12-10-2005, 08:39 AM
His famous fly? Is this the guy who rocks fish, usues copious amounts of lead and tried to copywrit some pheasant feathers wrapped around a hook?

Nope. This is a different guy. More of a localized steelhead hero. :roll:

12-10-2005, 06:06 PM
Please say Hi to Mr. Wonderline and his pack of water slapping sea donkeys for me. you'll know its them when they float over your line.

Ever since he taught me how to camp, I've been in the woods.

12-10-2005, 09:05 PM
Pescaphile and Black Francis,

Like Kevin said, it is a different guy. This fellow runs a steelhead fly fishing school, says catching winter steelhead has something to do with *****, and has been known to advertise C&R fishing trips for salmon on closed waters on his web site.

12-11-2005, 02:44 PM
Guys lets keep it civil

12-12-2005, 02:36 PM
You know, I just like using the big rod. I love the rhythm and pace I fall into while swinging it, and I feel I can fish the fly more effectively with the extra length.

I started using a 14 footer on the Deschutes about a decade ago, and while it took me a long time to get proficient with it, it has become my favorite tool for fishing this river. It's not because I can cast to the far side of Pluto with it, because I can't. I fish with a 40 double taper salmon line and seriously doubt if I've ever cast more than 90', even in a tail wind. Most of my casts are 70 feet or less, but they are well placed, consistent and controlled. Since Deschutes fish lie pretty close to the bank, I don't think I'm at any disadvantage, save when I'm trying to land a fish and the rod gets tangled in the alders.

Different strokes for different folks and for different situations. Under those conditions where I can use the big rod effectively, I think I'll stick with it. Just because I love it.


Eric (somewhere in Germany)

12-12-2005, 04:04 PM

Not to worry because as sinktip and OC have recently reported, this fellow is working on a new line of light 2-handers that will make using a 2-hander just as much fun as a single-hander. Since he is working on these new light 2-handers, he will most likely also have a suitable 2-hand "Yancy Line" shooting head (which of course he will have developed) complete with intergrated flat mono running line and interchangeable tips (available only from him of course to insure they are made properly) custom tuned and designed for these new light 2-handers.

Therefore, those of us who like using 2-handers and spey casting will be the beneficiaries of these wonderful and newsworthy new developments in lines and 2-hand rods.