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We all dream of those times on the water where we are making the perfect cast, presenting our fly just right and have that sought after fish strike just how we want so we can land them and have the memory of a lifetime. For some of us this dream actually comes true. Usually not just how we fantasized but in some different way the fishing gods graced us with a memory that was beautiful.
Those memories are only part of the reason we find ourselves standing waist deep in cold water or under the blazing sun in saltwater trying to cast into a twenty mile an hour wind. The forgotten memories of fishing episodes are The Ugly Side of Fly Fishing. I ran across these photos on Field & Stream while writing the last post and just had to share them. More often than not, these are the actual events of our time on the water and fortunately they do not stay in our memory as well as the more pretty ones. – Enjoy
I recently took a trip up to the Pere Marquette to do some "spring" steelhead fishing. The spring aspect of it was no where to be found, it was 100% winter steelheading. However, any kind of fishing on the PM means a lot of roll casting. The PM is heavily wooded and narrow so there is not much room for regular overhead casting.
The guys at Indigo Guide Service (who guided us for two days) always recommend up lining your rods by two weights (use a 10wt line on an 8wt rod) because you can perform better rollcasts and manage the type of fishing that is required on the PM. This year I wanted to try something different. I did end up moving the weight of my line up a size on my 8wt Hardy Proaxis however I decided to try a Royal Wulff Ambush line.
The Ambush line is designed with tight quarters in mind. The 9wt Ambush that I used was like using a mini skagit line on my 9 foot 8wt. One of the drawbacks to rollcasting is that the rod can only handle so much line and weight and therefore it can be difficult to rollcast a multi-fly rig, in fast water, even 40 feet. Because of the taper of the Ambush line it was very easy to rollcast a multi-fly indicator rig anywhere I needed to on the river. It performed so well I could even perform a mini-two handed style cast and shoot out line on the wider sections of the river.
There are two things you notice right away about the Ambush line. First, the head section is a bright chartreuse and the running line a darker teal color (OK more blue really). The second thing you notice is that the head section is much fatter then your normal weight forward floating lines. As I mentioned, it is more like a skagit head. Both of these are a major advantage in tight quarters. Because of the color transition you always know where the head starts and just how much to have in your rod tip in order to maximize your cast. Just like in two handed casting, if you do not have any of the head in the rod tip, only running line, the cast will fail. Even if you have the room to do an overhead cast, it is almost impossible to cast this line with the head outside of the rod and only running line doing the work of transferring energy from the rod to the line. However, once you adjust to not trying to aerialize 40 feet of line to shoot 20 more feet it is very easy to cast this line (rollcast or overhead) and reach lengths of 70, 80 or 90 feet.
All in all, the Wulff Ambush performed very well, even in very cold conditions. I had no problems of line coils or stiffness when it was cold enough to ice up my guides; so much for "spring" steelhead. If you are in the market for a line that you can easily use in tight quarters but will perform just as well in wide open spaces I highly recommend the Royal Wulff Ambush line.