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Fly Lines for Stillwaters Pt. 1

Jan 27, 2021

What is one thing that makes stillwater fly fishing exponentially easier? Understanding your equipment inside and out.

Fly lines are a popular topic in stillwater fly fishing, and for good reason. Lake fishing is a technical game at the best of times, and having your equipment holding you back does not make it easier. In the first of two episodes on fly lines for stillwaters, we're talking three floating lines and exactly what purposes they serve.

Before we go any further, you'll notice that I'm recommending Scientific Anglers fly lines because it is what I fish. These are only my own opinions, and an honest look into what I trust and outfit myself with on the water. This is not, in any way, a sponsored or endorsed post.

1) Scientific Anglers Stillwater Indicator - With a 60 foot head, this line fishes extremely well at short and moderate distances. Its roll casting capabilities are exceptional, especially when it comes to fishing long leaders in excess of 20 feet. 

2) Scientific Anglers Titan Long - Another beast when it comes to turning over bobbers, swivels, long leaders, tungsten beads, and just about anything you can attach to the end of a fly line, this is another favourite for fishing indicator rigs. This line is exceptionally easy to cast, when I spent a lot of my time guiding is was often the one I would put into the hands of those that were very new to lake fishing. Note, neither of the first two lines are designed for delicate presentations. 

3) Scientific Anglers MPX - This is a wondrous floating line in terms of versatility and diversity. With a slightly more noticeable front taper, this line isn't designed quite as aggressively as the first two. I will fish it religiously when naked lining mayflies, chironomids, dry flies and emergers.

If you enjoyed this episode, you'll like volume two in which we're talking essential sinking lines for fly fishing in stillwaters. 

Lastly, while you're here, I'm excited to announce an exciting project that Phil Rowley and I have been working on over the past year called Stillwater Academy. This is an educational platform for the stillwater obsessed angler, and we cannot wait to launch in February. To get on the waitlist and be the first to receive notifications leading up to our opening, head to!

Listen to today's episode below!



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