Royal Wulff Triangle Taper Fly Line Review
I believe that the more time you spend with your fly fishing equipment, the more you get a feel for it’s strengths and weaknesses.. It is how we decide what stays, and what gets replaced as soon as possible! During the time I’ve been fly fishing, I’ve tried my share of different fly lines finding (so far) only subtle differences. In some cases, the more expensive lines have proven somewhat disappointing. Maybe my expectations were simply too high. Understandable~its a $70.00 plastic string after all!
In considering a new 3wt. fly line this year, I wondered what advantages the Royal Wulff "Triangle Taper" might afford. With the risk of wasting another $70.00+ looming, I decided to contact Royal Wulff with some questions. The line is described as a "continuous forward taper." In essence, the "head" of the line is anywhere from 27′ to 40′ (depending on the line wt.) getting increasingly larger in dimension as you near the middle of the line. Behind that~a very light running line…sort of like a very exaggerated double taper. Billed as being great for delicate casts, but can perform like a shooting head as well. "I fish allot of pocket-water, I like lines that load a rod quickly~good at short range." "Then" replied the sales rep. "this is not the line for you." Hmmmmm…sounds honest. Not discouraged, I pressed him for more information. "Well then, what ARE the strengths of this line?" "Roll-casting, distance…shoots VERY well." I can make this work.
Line loaded with a fast action 9′ 3wt., I hit the Grand on a slightly breezy afternoon. Stringing-up the rod on the river, I saw a rise only 15′ from me. Wow, it was not going to take too long to land my first fish with this line. Fly tied onto a new leader, I began setting up the cast. (slight reach cast upstream to the left) With only about 15′ of line out, I remembered fondly the "this line is not for you" comment. "New line, give it time" I muttered to myself. "Shoots well…" I stripped off about 30′ of line and began false-casting. A quick haul on the forward cast….GONE! This was getting interesting. Now, for a fleeting moment, I was more interested in the casting than the fishing. Cautious with my new "ability," I stripped another 10′ off and with the same haul, the line shot forward with ease. WOW. The fly line delivered on it’s promise with incredible ease. In fact, with heavy nymphs and streamers, adjusting the speed of the cast proved to be the ticket for close work. This was unlike any fly line I’ve ever cast…and in a GOOD way!
Now, my ultimate pet peeve about fly lines~how soon/often they need cleaning and dressing. The Triangle Taper fly line is the only line I used over a period of more than two months, approx. 16 outings. While the line now needs some attention, it performed EXTREMELY well during all those trips. Considering some of the "super slick" lines I’ve used have needed dressing after only a few outings, I think the Triangle Taper fly line performed beautifully. Pretty impressive indeed. If you’re in the market for a new fly line, I’d urge you to try the Royal Wulff Triangle Taper. The line has added a significant distance to my casts without compromising any accuracy.
Available line weights: 3,4,5,6,7
Available colors: Ivory/Orange
Related Link: Royal Wulff