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The Backstage Pass

The 2022 Ultimate Guide to Fly Lines for Traveling Anglers

May 03, 23

WAYPOINTS x Scientific Anglers fly lines podcast episode

WAYPOINTS - with Jim Klug
Episode 33 - Fly Lines for the Traveling Angler: How to Improve Your Game and Find Success on the Water



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February 08, 2022
Jim Klug

Of all the conversations we have with Yellow Dog clients about gear and equipment, fly lines arguably generate more confusion, questions, and uncertainty than anything else. Fly lines are both the least understood component in an angler’s set-up as well as the most important; the final piece that really brings everything together when it comes to proper casting and presentation, as well as fighting and landing fish. For the traveling angler visiting and fishing new destinations, matching the right tapers and line options to each specific fishery or species (as well as to each rod and reel set-up) is critical.
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For this reason, we’ve put together an episode that it totally dedicated to questions and facts about fly lines – talking about the basics of line and taper design and answering some of the common questions about line selection, care, and the importance of properly matching a line with a certain rod and reel set-up. To tackle this important subject and help explain the science behind fly line design and manufacturing, Jim sits down with Bruce Richards and Josh Jenkins of Scientific Anglers. Josh is the Research & Development Manager at Scientific Anglers and is responsible for new product development at S.A., which includes new fly line technology and fly line tapers. Bruce Richards is an absolute legend in the world of fly lines and line design, with a 34-year career at Scientific Anglers. During his tenure at S.A., Bruce developed almost every single fly line introduced by the company and arguably knows more about designing and manufacturing fly lines than anyone alive.

If you really want to understand the importance of fly lines and taper design – and learn how the right lines and tapers can dramatically improve your fishing – this is an episode you’ll want to download.

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Table of Contents

Click your region of interest below to jump to the recommended Scientific Anglers fly lines section.

Australia (Salt)
Mexico
Chile
Bahamas Oman Guyana
Belize Seychelles Iceland
Christmas Island St.Brandon’s India
Cook Islands Alaska Mongolia
Costa Rica Argentina New Zealand
Cuba Arkansas Oregon
Dubai Australia (Fresh) Tanzania
Guatemala Bolivia Tennessee
Honduras Brazil Uruguay
Louisiana Canada U.S. West
Washington

Australia

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Northern Australia Trevally
Floating (1) Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan Big Water Taper

Mangrove Jacks

Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Sinking SONAR Titan Tropical Clear Tip

Queenfish

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Spanish Mackeral

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Cobia

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Barramundi

Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt

Western Australia
Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt

Bonefish

Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line

Sailfish

Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking (1) SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Sinking (2) SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Tuna

Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking (1) SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Sinking (2) SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Giant Trevally

Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking (1) SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Sinking (2) SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Golden Trevally

Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Queenfish

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Blue Bastards

Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan

Cobia

Floating Amplitude Smooth Infinity Salt
Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Eastern Australia Blue Bastards
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan

Permit

Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt

Giant Trevally

Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink
Golden Trevally

Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Southern Australia Australian Salmon
Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Kingfish

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Bonito

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Cobia

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Amberjack

Sinking SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
BAHAMAS

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Out Islands Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam
Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Barracuda
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam
BELIZE

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Northern Belize Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip

Snook, Jacks, Cudas
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Southern Belize Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam
CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Triggerfish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Milkfish
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Intermediate Sonar Grand Slam Clear Tip

Giant Trevally
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
COOK ISLANDS

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line

Bluefin Trevally, Milkfish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Giant Trevally
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
COSTA RICA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bluewater Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna
Intermediate SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Dorado, Roosterfish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Inshore Snook, Jacks, Snapper
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip

Jungle Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Snook
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Rio Colorado Tarpon
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip
CUBA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line

Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Tarpon, Juvenile-Migratory
Floating Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
DUBAI

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Queenfish
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip
GUATEMALA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Sailfish, Marlin
Slow-sink SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Fast-sink SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Tuna, Dorado
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip
HONDURAS

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line

Permit
Floating (1) Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Baby Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam
LOUISANA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Redfish
Floating (March-Oct) Amplitude Smooth Redfish Warm
Floating (Nov-Feb) Amplitude Smooth Redfish Cold

Black Drum, Jacks
Floating Amplitude Smooth Redfish Warm

Sheepshead, Gar
Floating Amplitude Smooth Redfish Warm
MEXICO

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Baja Roosterfish
Intermediate SONAR Titan Tropical Clear Tip
Sinking (2) SONAR Tropical Custom Tip

Dorado
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Tuna
Sinking SONAR Titan Big Water

Striped Marlin
Sinking SONAR Titan Big Water
Sinking (2) SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Isla Holbox Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line

Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Snook
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Baby Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Yucatan Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Baby Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Snook, Barracuda, Jacks
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt

Migratory Tarpon
Floating Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate
OMAN

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Intermediate SONAR Titan Tropical Clear Tip

Queenfish, Milkfish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam
Intermediate SONAR Saltwater Intermediate

Giant Trevally, Sailfish, Marlin
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Slow Sink SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Fast Sink SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink
SEYCHELLES

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Indo-Pacific Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Milkfish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Emperor Fish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Giant Trevally
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink
ST. BRANDON’S

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Bonefish
Floating Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Indo-Pacific Permit
Floating Amplitude Infinity Salt
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam

Milkfish
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Emperor
Floating Amplitude Grand Slam

Giant Trevally
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Sinking SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink
ALASKA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Silver Salmon
Single-hand, floating Amplitude Anadro Fly Line
Spey, floating Skagit Floating
Spey tips Third Coast Textured Spey Tips

King Salmon
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Spey, floating Skagit Floating
Spey, sinking Skagit Intermediate
Spey Tips Third Coast Textured Spey Tips

Trout, Char, Dolly Varden
Floating Amplitude Anadro Fly Line
Sink, 200-250 gr. SONAR Sink 25 Cold Fly Line
Sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip

Arctic Grayling
Floating Amplitude Infinity

Pike
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Intermediate SONAR Titan Full Intermediate

Steelhead
Single-hand, floating Amplitude Anadro Fly Line
Single-hand, sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Spey, floating Skagit Floating
Spey, two-hand Skagit Intermediate
Spey Tips Third Coast Textured Spey Tips
ARGENTINA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Marsh
Dorado
Floating Mastery Jungle Titan
Sinking SONAR Jungle Custom Tip

Tierra del Fuego
Sea-Run Brown Trout
Floating Amplitude Anadro Fly Line
Sinking SONAR Sink 25 Cold Line
Sinking (2) SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Spey, floating Skagit Floating
Spey, intermediate Skagit Intermediate

Patagonia
Trout
Floating Amplitude Trout Fly Line
Floating (2) Amplitude Infinity
Sinking/Streamers SONAR Titan Sink Tip
ARKANSAS

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
AUSTRALIA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Tasmania
Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Delicate floating Amplitude Double Taper
Intermediate SONAR Stillwater Clear Camo
Sink SONAR Titan Sink Tip
BOLIVIA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Golden Dorado
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Amplitude Grand Slam
Sinking SONAR Titan Jungle Clear Tip
Sinking (2) SONAR Jungle Custom Tip

Pacu
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
BRAZIL

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Peacock Bass
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Mastery Jungle Titan
Intermediate SONAR Titan Jungle Clear Tip
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip

Payara
Intermediate SONAR Sink 30 Clear
Fast Sink SONAR Jungle Custom Tip

Wolffish
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Mastery Jungle Titan

Matrincha
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Mastery Grand Slam

Bicuda
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam

Arawana
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Floating (2) Mastery Grand Slam

Arapaima
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Intermediate SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink
CANADA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Alberta Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink Tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip

Pike
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Intermediate SONAR Titan Full Intermediate

British Columbia Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink Tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip

Steelhead and Salmon
Single-hand, floating Amplitude Anadro
Single-hand, sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Spey, floating Scandi
Spey, floating (2) Skagit
Spey, sinking Skagit Intermediate
Spey tips Third Coast Textured Spey Tips

New Brunswick Atlantic Salmon
Single-hand, floating Amplitude Anadro
Spey, floating Scandi

Manitoba Northern Pike
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Intermediate SONAR Titan Full Intermediate

Walleye
Sinking SONAR Sink 25 Cold

Arctic Grayling
Floating Amplitude Infinity

Northwest Territories Lake Trout
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Intermediate SONAR Titan Full Intermediate
Sinking SONAR Sink 25 Cold

Arctic Char
Single-hand, sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Spey Skagit Floating
Spey (2) Third Coast Textured Spey Tips
Northern Pike
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Intermediate SONAR Titan Full Intermediate
CHILE

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
GUYANA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Arapaima
Floating Amplitude Big Water Taper
Intermediate SONAR Titan Big Water Taper
Sinking SONAR Titan BWT Max Sink

Payara
Sink Tip SONAR Jungle Custom Tip
ICELAND

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Atlantic Salmon
Single-hand, floating Amplitude Anadro

Brown Trout and Char
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink Tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Sinking SONAR Sink 25 Cold

Sea-Run Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink Tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Sinking SONAR Sink 25 Cold
INDIA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Golden Mahseer
Single-hand, sink-tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
Single-hand, sink SONAR Sink 25 Cold
Spey Skagit Floating
Spey (2) Third Coast Textured Spey Tips
MONGOLIA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Taimen
Floating Amplitude Smooth Titan Long
Sinking SONAR Sink 25 Cold

Lenok
Floating Amplitude Infinity
NEW ZEALAND

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Trout
Floating, dull-colored Amplitude Infinity
Delicate floating, dull-colored Amplitude Double Taper
OREGON

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Steelhead
Spey Skagit Floating
Spey (2) Third Coast Textured Spey Tips
TANZANIA

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Tigerfish
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Intermediate SONAR Titan Jungle Clear Tip
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip
TENNESSEE

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Sink tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
URUGUAY

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Golden Dorado
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
Intermediate SONAR Titan Jungle Clear Tip
Sinking SONAR Tropical Custom Tip

Wolffish
Floating Amplitude Tropical Titan
U.S. WEST

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Delicate Floating Amplitude Double Taper
Sink Tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip
WASHINGTON

Destination Target Species Recommended Fly Line

Steelhead
Spey, floating Skagit Floating
Spey (2) Third Coast Textured Spey Tips
Rainbow Trout
Floating Amplitude Infinity
Delicate Floating Amplitude Double Taper
Sink tip SONAR Titan Sink Tip

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