There has been fierce competition between the makes of multi-tip fly lines in the past few years with endless permutations of tips and tapers (Spey, Shooting-head and Skagit) offered. The new Ultra Spey shooting head kit has taken things a bit further.
It’s a partnership between well-known speycasting instructor Eoin Fairgrieve and Airflo. Eoin says this multi-tip line matches “the broadest range of casting abilities: novice to expert, those that prefer a short shooting-head stroke or those with a traditional long spey stroke.”
The price, £99.99, is good! For which you get much: a light blue running line; two bellies (white floating and white floating/blue inter); and five tips (Grey floating, clear intermediate, brown sinking 3ips, black sinking 6ips and black sinking 8ips). So the idea is that with one kit you can fish any water hight and temperature.
The floating belly and floating tip are naturally made for each other: classic summer conditions and a good height of water. The intermadiate tip will also work off the floating belly. But the sinking tips are really made to work with the floater/intermdiate belly. But the sinking tips are really made to work with the floater/intermediate belly, which will sink a little with the tips, slowing down the swing of the fly and giving you greater control in cold conditions.
In the 9/10wt kit, the floating tip is 15ft long. The 8ips tip is 12 ft and the tips between are 14ft: ie, the faster the sink rate, the shorter the tip. Again, this gives you more control (8/9wt and 10/11wt tips shorten appropriately, too)
Eoin tells us that the running line has a stiffer core, to help prevent tangles in the forward delivery, and it is ridged for slickness.
The 9/10 floating tip-and-belly combined length is 13m (40ft) and weighs 42g, which is very manageable. It’s easy to load the rod.
all the lines have welded loops at both ends. The densities of the bellies are printed near the loop for easy identification when changing or storing.
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Post from Trout & Salmon magazine - June issue