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GaspeSalmonBum 07-23-2008 12:40 PM

SA Sharkskin Steelhead Taper
Has anybody tried this line? If so I'd be interested in your opinion!


juro 07-23-2008 11:26 PM

I haven't but I just wanted to chime in about the great angling I've enjoyed with the SA steelhead taper over the years - kudos to Bruce Richards.

Salmon Chaser 07-24-2008 12:26 PM

This may help a little
Salmon Chaser

Salar36 07-25-2008 08:44 AM

I have compared the Sharkskin and the Ridgleine Distance. I am fishing with the Ridgeline since 3 seasons now, so I am more comfortable with this one, and this fact may have caused a less objective result...Even if the Sharkskin did well, my opinion is the Ridgeline is a bit better than the Sharkskin. A concern is about the durability of the Sharkskin, but only time will tell.

The Thrasher 07-30-2008 03:20 PM

Sharkskin field test on salmon
I spooled up an 8-wt Sharkskin to try on my 890-4 XP for a trip recently taken to Gaspé rivers. I thought I'd fish that as a single hander and my wife would fish her 790-4 XP with a Sage Performance taper, as usual.

Well, at some point we did a change-up on a fish that showed, and once she got the 8-wt Sharkskin, I never did get that outfit back. It certainly added 20 feet to her casts when she needed it, though the noise takes a little getting used to.

jcc_00 08-06-2008 08:30 PM

Sharkskin Taper
So, tell me about the noise ?

The Thrasher 08-07-2008 03:14 PM

Sharkskin field test on salmon

Originally Posted by jcc_00
So, tell me about the noise ?

Well, it's pretty much the usual dry-fly-line-in-the-guides noise, but louder.

I should also have mentioned that the Sharkskin line seems to mend better than any other fly line I have tried. I suppose the texture traps air so there is less line-to-water contact to break when you throw a mend.

Salmon Chaser 08-11-2008 01:27 PM

Guided a fellow yesterday morning who was using a 7wt Shark skin. I played with it a little and felt it to be a decent casting line but the vibration and noise from the thing was extremely irritating. While it was a great casting line(very slick) I don't think was any better than Rio's Slick Shooter, Cortlands Lazer(well,, maybe)etc.
Not sure but i would think this line would trap a lot of dirt too,, making it more work to maintain than a normal line,, and at $100:Eyecrazy: :Eyecrazy: ,, you gotta be kidding?
To each his own but personally i was not impressed and actually put off by the thing as it is too noisy and again my opinion,, over priced.
Honestly i have never found one premium line to have better mending qualities than another:confused:
Salmon Chaser

Salar36 08-11-2008 01:40 PM

You can get it in the range of 75-80$ here in Quebec...

Green Ghost 08-13-2008 07:28 PM

I heard a guide, known to me as a serious guide describe hearing a line from a sport a long way away on a very large River. Said the fish could hear the thing coming 40 feet away. I have a great line that is actually made for mending. In the Discount shop it's not 85 but 59. I can tell you that I often wonder why it is easy to try and fish too much line! The line is effortless, and when in current mends precisely. It goes too far. I even hooked fish on wet flies this season. :smokin:

PS: high water was the true reason.

bobsold 08-27-2008 06:42 PM

I bought one of these lines and first used it on a July trip to the Restigouse. Used it for the first 2 days and retired it. It was noisy, had friction on the pick-up, casted the same distance with more effort, and cut my fingers.
I sent it back to SA, and they took care of me. I think it is a terrible line.

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