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dougm
11-29-2007
Fly Fishing with Doug Macnair:
A Product Update©
Scientific Anglers Sharkskin
Doug Macnair
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By Jackster on 02-18-2008, 10:00 AM
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Could anyone who has used Sharkskin for a good length of time please take a look at the epoxy around the guides on your rod?
When casting this line on arelatively new Winston BII-Mx at the Charlotte show a few weeks ago we noticed divots cut into the epoxy from the line.
Needless to say, that concerned me enough to know I won't be beta-testing that line until long-term reports come in from the field.
Plus, was it me or doesn't this line seem louder and splashier when stripping line in? It seems to leave quite the wake at the casting pond.
Anyone else notice the divots and the wake?
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By FlyRichardFly on 03-16-2008, 10:19 PM
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I just ordered some today. Cabalas has 4.95 shipping, so I ordered a bunch of stuff....... maybe a little too much!

I'll test it when I get it and give a full report.

I got the 5wt in Heron Blue. I really don't need the bright yellow to let me see where my cast went!! LOL I can tell by now.

A "bean" is quite a lot for flyline, but I have to have the best available...... I don't know why? I just do.
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By FlyRichardFly on 03-18-2008, 10:12 PM
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Me again. I just read the previous reviews and I remember when the "braid" lines came out, like Power Pro........ lots complained about the noise of the line going through the guides. Now braid is the standard for spin fishing. Many on the spin sites have said that braid line is the best thing that has happened to spin fishing since the graphite rod! LOL

I'm glad that Doug had a wonderful review of the Sharkskin. I love to hear about new advances with fly fishing.
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By Pocono on 03-19-2008, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
Could anyone who has used Sharkskin for a good length of time please take a look at the epoxy around the guides on your rod?
When casting this line on arelatively new Winston BII-Mx at the Charlotte show a few weeks ago we noticed divots cut into the epoxy from the line.
Needless to say, that concerned me enough to know I won't be beta-testing that line until long-term reports come in from the field.
Plus, was it me or doesn't this line seem louder and splashier when stripping line in? It seems to leave quite the wake at the casting pond.
Anyone else notice the divots and the wake?
Has anyone else noticed the epoxy divots that Jackster reports? It would be good for all of us to know about this if it's real, since sales of Sharkskin have been strong for 3M; which means that there are a lot of us either using it now or getting ready to use it.
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By lindmar on 03-19-2008, 08:59 AM
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Lots of money for a fly line.

The epoxy divots dont sound good. It sure looks tempting though..
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By dgd on 03-22-2008, 09:42 PM
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So the sound of the line going through your guides is nothing to worry about?
I have heard this question plus what is the long term effect on the guides, knowing the line has not been out long enough to give a possitive answer.
It is taking the technical edge for sure and does all you claimed.

Maybe I have bad hearing but I find it very trivial. The blood from my fingers after catching steelhead and salmon is NOT TRIVIAL THO!!! Seriously, do any of these people that review the sharkskin take the line out for fishing (and catching) decent sized fish? Just have 4 steelhead on your line and your hands will be seriously messed up.

If you want to have a casting competition with your friend, I give this line a A+, I have used it extensively, it will add somewhere near 10 feet to your cast. If you actually are a decent fisherman, you will be headed to the emergency room
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By GRN on 03-22-2008, 10:06 PM
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Reports from a crew of west coast guides I know are leaving me hesitant (and I only pay wholesale)... the second generation line held up better than the first (which wasn't so hot) but there is still signs of unusual rod/guide wear on heavier rigs.

I also have to agree with one of Mojo's earlier comments, the review read like a infomercial... maybe just the authors style of writing, but it was way to happy go lucky to get credible traction with me. The enthusiasm was just way over the top, like a 16 yr. old boy who just saw his first porn flick. JMO, TIOLI, YMMV
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By mojo on 03-23-2008, 12:47 PM
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I also have to agree with one of Mojo's earlier comments, the review read like a infomercial... maybe just the authors style of writing, but it was way to happy go lucky to get credible traction with me. The enthusiasm was just way over the top, like a 16 yr. old boy who just saw his first porn flick. JMO, TIOLI, YMMV
You mean like this http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...ense-1635.html
or this http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...-sylk-213.html
Then if you don't agree with the old f@rt he jumps on you like you-know-what.
Like previously posted, I'll wait until fall to decide if this line would be worth the Benjamin they want for it. I do know they used it for the Best of the West Casting competition which Steve Raejeff won, but all the top distances were over 100 feet and I saw more 100'+ casts then ever before. The rods that were used was an Albright, TFO and a Loomis if I'm not mistaken. Not the usual Sage TCR, or Loomis GLX's
1 Steve Rajeff 121' 10"
2 Brian O'Keefe 102' 5"
3 Rick Hartman 107' 2"
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By lindmar on 03-23-2008, 04:49 PM
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Maybe I have bad hearing but I find it very trivial. The blood from my fingers after catching steelhead and salmon is NOT TRIVIAL THO!!! Seriously, do any of these people that review the sharkskin take the line out for fishing (and catching) decent sized fish? Just have 4 steelhead on your line and your hands will be seriously messed up.

If you want to have a casting competition with your friend, I give this line a A+, I have used it extensively, it will add somewhere near 10 feet to your cast. If you actually are a decent fisherman, you will be headed to the emergency room

Thats enough for me to say, no thanks.

Thanks for sharing this.

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By GRN on 03-23-2008, 08:55 PM
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A "bean" is quite a lot for flyline, but I have to have the best available...... I don't know why? I just do.
The best, or the most expensive?

They aren't always the same
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