about my Scientific Anglers Steelhead Taper Fly Line

TC

I live with wind knots
#1
So what i thought was supposed to be a floating line, I notice that the last one foot of the line is always sinking down, even when my leader is floating high. I don't know why this really bothers me, except that I like to see where the end of the line and the leader are when using a floating line, and I guess I could smother it with floatant to see if that works, but is this line supposed to do that? Just curious. thanks for any insight.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#2
TC, is it a "wet tip" line? I've seen some of those that actually are floating lines with a slightly subsurface to sinking tip.
 

Porter

Active Member
#3
No it should not. All my SA SH tapers are good. Was the end of your fly line cut? Is this a new line? Some dab a bit of sealant at the end (knot) on their floaters.
 

TC

I live with wind knots
#4
It doesn't say wet tip on it, nor has the end been cut. (loop end). so I will just have to live with it I guess. It is new, and like I said, I don't know if it affect the fishability of it. I don't catch fish either way.

BTW Mumbles, I didn't recognize you without your hat.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#5
TC, my SA Sharkskin Steelhead taper floats real high, not sure about the line you have. Any chance that section has been soiled or had some sort of dressing applied?

Oh, and my hat blew off...I can't seem to find it.
 

bjkhred

no longer new to board
#6
Scientific Angler lines are great lines however in the past the lines were notorious for nose-diving sooner than they should. The S/A steelhead line that you have is the pre-AST technology (AST technology= float higher longer). You will know if yours has the new tech. if it has the new streamlined loop on the end. If it does not it is older than one year and it is still a wonderful line but it's gonna require floatant on the end :( Sorry no amount of cleaning will help.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#7
The tip of all of my floating lines, after some time, will 'dip' under water. Be fastidious about cleaning your lines, and that will help the lines perform their best. Also, sometimes when I'm out in the field and my line tip starts dipping in the water, I'll put some floatant on, say, the end 3' of lline or so. It also depends on how the line is cast and is lying on the surface.

It's not 'you' and it's not just your line; it's not unusual.
 

TC

I live with wind knots
#8
Thanks guys, just wanted to know if it happens often. (none of my other floating lines have done it.) I just recently bought the line, and it is with the AST. I have fished it maybe 10-15 times and just noticed it after about 5 times. I will try the floatant thing as I guess the shop probably wouldn't take it back anyway. Thanks for the insight.