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Scientific Anglers Shark Skin Fly Fishing Line
introduces revolutionary performance made possible by revolutionary technology !!!

What is Sharkskin?
By modifying the surface of the fly line with a micro-repeating structure, you can achieve surface interface properties that mimic nature such as the ability of insects to walk on water, the shedding and self-cleaning ability of Lotus leaves, or the adhesion that allows a gecko to walk up vertical surfaces.
Scientific Anglers Sharkskin technology is a precise texturing process that embosses the surface of the fly line coating with a repeating geometric micro-pattern. The finished surface is no longer smooth, no longer exhibits unwanted line flash, and can be optimized via the engineered shape, depth, and frequency of the pattern to yield greatly improved line-to-water floatation, casting performance, and overall line suppleness and durability.

What is the specific benefit for a floating fly line? The Sharkskin technology is a radical modification of typical smooth-surfaced fly lines…introducing a micro-pattern around the entire circumference of the line. One of the pattern’s key features is that it changes the meniscus force balance that up until now, holds all other floating fly lines at close to a neutral buoyancy within the line-water interface…essentially ½ the line is above the surface and ½ the line is below the surface. The micro texture greatly increases the upward meniscus force through a combination of the water’s interaction with the new surface and the trapping of air into the valleys of the texture. The result is an over 200% improvement in resistance of the line to be forced into the water….effectively improving “floatation” of the line significantly beyond anything that can be achieved through the addition of glass bubbles or surface chemistries. The line sits higher in the water – allowing less drag, easier mending, easier roll casting, easier pick-ups, less water spray.

What are the benefits of Sharkskin on casting? Simply reducing running line diameters on weight forward (WF) lines has long been utilized as a way to reduce line friction in rod guides. However, reducing line diameter also reduces line durability, and increases the propensity for a line to tangle. Simple texturing of a fly line reduces the surface contact with rod guides during casting.

Scientific Anglers introduced the Bonefish taper and other key distance-casting lines that utilize a braided monofilament core - modifying the surface of the running line, reducing the frictional interface during casting and resulting in the ability to shoot farther but with fewer tangles. The Sharkskin technology takes this a step further, allowing lines not made on stiff braided monofilament to have this shooting and casting advantage and the advantage extends to the belly and tip of the line, not just the running line.

Because friction in the guides is reduced significantly, even when the line belly is in the guides, shoot distance is increased allowing longer, easier casts. Casters who also double haul find haul resistance reduced which results in easier, smoother hauls, even on hot days or when the line is dirty. This, along with reduced shoot friction, has resulted in increased test casting distance when compared to the exact same line without the Sharkskin texture.

Distance increases compared to competitive lines without the advantages of AST, and Sharkskin, will be significantly greater. Although these new lines excel at distance, the features that allow that distance make shorter casts even easier.

What other features are improved with Sharkskin? Another advantage of this new technology is complete elimination of line “flash”. Most other lines have slick, glossy surfaces that reflect light and can “flash” in the air scaring spooky fish. The micro-texturing process virtually eliminates surface glare, the finish is completely flat. When conditions are such that line flash is an issue, Sharkskin lines have an additional advantage over other lines.

One would expect this radical change to the line to diminish the coating integrity and resistance to cracking. Actually, the opposite occurs. The engineered micro-repeating pattern effectively introduces flex points that increase the suppleness of the line and in lab testing, the durability and resistance to cracking is up to 3X greater. A good analogy is how a bicycle chain, although made of metal, bends due to flex points in the links.

Our tests conclude:  There is no doubt the the Shark Skin textured line casts very well at all ranges. It has eye-opening performance. However, this texture causes a zipping sound as the line is double hauled through the rod guides.  At first this sound can be annoying, but quickly becomes a way to audibly measure line movement while false casting or shooting line.  In this way it acts very much like a clicker reel does while playing fish.  It is of course much, much quieter. After a while the sound becomes less noticeable.

Item Description Size Price To Top
199624 Scientific Anglers Mastery Shark Skin Fly Line, Color Blue Heron WF4F $99.95

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199625 Scientific Anglers Mastery Shark Skin Fly Line, Color Blue Heron WF5F $99.95

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199626 Scientific Anglers Mastery Shark Skin Fly Line, Color Blue Heron WF6F $99.95

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199627 Scientific Anglers Mastery Shark Skin Fly Line, Color Blue Heron WF7F $99.95

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199628 Scientific Anglers Mastery Shark Skin Fly Line, Color Blue Heron WF8F $99.95

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South Coast

Had a rep tell me that one of our competitors wished he could go fishing and write product test reports like the guy at The Fly Fishing Shop, but unfortunately he didn't have time.  We say too bad!  At our shop even the office girls catch big fish with flies.  If you ain't gonzo about fly fishing, you ain't werkin' here.  We remember why we got into this game in the first place; we love fly fishing. If testing gear is the excuse we need to go fly fishing, then we will use it every chance we get.  Don't get the idea that catching fish is always easy.  Sometimes the weather or run

timing isn't all that cooperative.  Take a recent trip to the South Coast of Oregon as an example.  The picture above is the complete catch for two hard days of fishing.  Patty, Dean and I fished a day on the Sixes and a day on the Elk rivers for Fall Chinooks.  The day before we arrived, Dean was on the Sixes and his client landed a Chinook and had several other bites.  Our days on the water had dropped to low and clear and the fish dropped back out into the Ocean.  A school of Sea Run Cutthroats pecked our flies and one of them was unfortunate enough to get hooked.  Still, two days on the Oregon Coast beats counting inventory. And we got a chance to do some product testing. 


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FREE LINE-3 Free Scientific Anglers Shark Skin, fresh water fly line with any 5-8 weight Winston Boron II-MX rod purchased before December 31, 2007 $FREE

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FREE LINE-4 Free Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, saltwater fly line with any 6-12 weight Winston Boron II-MX rod purchased before December 31, 2007 $FREE

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Winston Boron II-MX Fly Fishing Rods ARE IN STOCK !!!
MX Stands For Maximum
That is maximum line speed for maximum distance and delivery power, plus maximum fish fighting ability with maximum comfort and maximum confidence.  Winston took their super popular BIIX Series and tweaked them for anglers who are seeking the maximum challenges in the sport of fly fishing.  BII-MX rods bridge the gaps between fresh water and saltwater fishing equipment.  They work for both as will the popular BIIX Series rods.  The MX rods will appeal to more aggressive casters who like rods that loads more toward the tip end with more muscle toward the butt. 

Reel Seats:

5 thru 6-weight: Clear Anodized Aluminum up-lock with double lock rings.
7 thru 12-weight: 12-weight: Clear Anodized Aluminum up-lock with double lock rings and cork fighting butt.

 
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 #5 weights
Boron II-MX SERIES

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Boron II-MX590

Length: 9'       Line: #5     Pieces: 4   

This is the fastest action 5-weight rod that Winston has made. It will prove to be ideal for big trout, small mouth bass, smaller summer steelhead and even some light duty saltwater applications. Favorite line for this rod: Scientific Anglers Shark Skin WF5F.
Rod weight: 3 Ounces.
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590 Boron II-MX 5 Fast Cigar $655

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 #6 weights
Boron II-MX SERIES

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Boron II-MX690

Length: 9'       Line: #6     Pieces: 4   

Large Trout and small Steelhead rods.  A favorite bass bug rod.
Rod weight: 3/14 Ounces.
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690 Boron II-MX 6 Fast Cigar $655

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 #7 weights
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Boron II-MX790

Length: 9'       Line: #7     Pieces: 4   

A favorite Bonefish & Redfish rod it will also take on steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. 
Rod weight: 3 5/8 Ounces.
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790 Boron II-MX 7 Fast Full Wells $660

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 #8 weights
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Boron II-MX890

Length: 9'       Line: #8     Pieces: 4   

 

This heavy duty eight-weight will handle all sinking shooting head lines up to 350-grains, which will make it a perfect choice for medium size stripers, steelhead & salmon. This will be a favorite flats rod.
Rod weight: 3 3/4 Ounces.
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890 Boron II-MX 8 Fast Full Wells $660

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 #9 weights
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Boron II-MX990

Length: 9'       Line: #9     Pieces: 4   

Stripers!!!!! This rod has been designed as a Striper fishing machine. It is also great for small Tarpon and anything that can really tug.
Rod weight: 4 1/8 Ounces.
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990 Boron II-MX 9 Fast Full Wells $665

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 #10 weights
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Boron II-MX1090

Length: 9'       Line: #10     Pieces: 4   

The rod for permit, black skipjacks and bonito, which can be 100 feet away one second, and 30 feet off the boat the next.  This rod has plenty of power for dorado, rooster fish and big jacks.
Rod weight: 4 1/4 Ounces.
Item Series Line Wt Action Handle Price To Top
1090 Boron II-MX 10 Fast Full Wells $675

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 #12 weights
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Boron II-MX1290

Length: 9'       Line: #12     Pieces: 4   

The rare big-fish rod that excels at long, short and medium ranges. Powerful, but pleasant and controllable.  Extremely accurate and very lightweight.  This rod will be a favorite for big tarpon, sailfish and smaller marlin.
Rod weight: 5 1/8 Ounces.
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1290 Boron II-MX 12 Fast Full Wells $715

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Test Boron II-MX590-4

The MX is advertised as 3-ounces. That is a quarter of an ounce heavier than the same model in the BIIX.  It is noticeable in the hand, but not uncomfortable.  The MX, is still a light rod.  In the parking lot, it performed well with a WF5F Shark Skin line at all ranges.  This is the kind of five-weight you might use on a bonefish flat, or for fishing streamers for brown trout.  With a bass taper line this rod would be good with smaller poppers & hair bugs. This MX model will shine during the salmon fly hatch or any where you fish for trout with medium to large flies and stouter leaders.  The BIIX is more of a finesse rod and will remain more popular with anglers who fish smaller flies and lighter leaders.

Test Boron II-MX890-4

Jeff, Josh and I compared this model MX with the same model BIIX in the back lot with a WF8F Shark Skin line.  The MX890-4 is 1/4 ounce heavier than the 890-4 BIIX. The MX is much beefier in the butt, but remains a true eight-weight rod.  It is impressive, but so is its BIIX contemporary. The 890-4 BIIX has been the most popular rod during our last two shallow-water, saltwater trips.  Don't worry an MX890-4 will accompany us to South Andros, next February.

Test Boron II-MX1290-4

This rod is only 1/8 ounce heavier that the 1209-4 BIIX, but has more muscle for lifting.  We have used the 1290-4 BIIX extensively in Mexico for Dorado and Sailfish.  It is a very, very good rod.  There have been times with larger fish when I had wished for more pulling & lifting power.  The MX seems to have substantially more beef without having sacrificed the easy casting stroke.


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