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Esox T-shirt

Love it. Washed well too. Great conversation starter in the restaurant's in Lanzarote. Need more colours please.

Impressed so far

Euro nymph line is easy to cast, I find it much better than using a 'French' leader set up. Good in windy conditions

hybrid Line

Not sure on it yet. Just one outing using it and had trouble with knots, probably me, I am more used to 6 to 8lb fluorocarbon

I just want to fish

Yesteday arrive my new Sunray Microsilk Short head #5 floating and my first impresion was:
WOOW how thin it is ! In my mind is the same thing for some times : I just want to fish quick,I
don`t wanna make casting and waste time on the water when I fish.This line is for someting like that.
Less spray on the water when I pick up the line,nice loops,nice single spey for thight corners and of course
when it lands is fantastic for presentation. https://vimeo.com/246073394
Nice job Tom Bell

Like a rocket, on a leash

Extremely fast loading fly line. Used on a Sage One #6 with a #6 line... 2 false casts is all it takes to shoot the entire line effortless out. Even at "full range" the line has enough energy to flip over the leader and stretch the tippet, presenting the fly nice and quiet on the water.
The only downside to the line I received is that it was measured to 25,2 meter and not the 27,4 meters as listed. This line (and rod) combination holds so much energy that I can shoot out an extra 3 meters of backing - I would rather have liked that to be "more running line" of the line - a luxury issue. A perfect line for "medium distance costal fly fishing" or stream fly fishing. Now, make one like this that it 35 meters long in total, ill be the first to buy! :)

Just 1st class

Get one or two or three.

tieswell

have not fished with this leader material yet, but have tied up some new leaders and it ties nicely

Second to none

Got and tested this line today and to say it performs fantastic is an understatement. Low diameter, slick and turns over fantastically, definitely one of the best Spey lines on the market.

contact!

just one word...contact! you can feel everything and its slick as hell! stays smooth on frosty days and handels french nymphing in bit longer cast with eaz!

Microslik short head

Absolutely brillient superb line would highly recomend. I use it on a sage 6 weight at Westlow Mere so easy to cast gets way out even in wind. Love the loading.

Distance, with ease...

If distance is important for you, this is one of, if not the, best fly lines ive ever tried.
Lifting the fly out of the water it takes no more than 3-4 false casts before you are able to shoot the entire fly line out from the rod. The only line that has come close to this for me personally has been the ASI MD line.
The 6-weight intermediate line on a Sage ONE #6 feels "robust" in the air without clunky. Personally I use 12-15 ft leader and tippet but still, on a "no wind day" I was able to shoot the entire line and leader/tippet fully out in 4 casts. This is impressive, because - im not that good of a fly caster. Having only fished with the line for one day, I can not speak to the durability of the line - but the "out of the box performance" of the line is by a large margin better than any of the lines from the "leading manufactures" I have tried.
In an "every day fishing situation" the possibility of shooting the entire line in 4 "focused casts" translates to casting 80-85 feet in 3 casts without having to focus too much on the cast. And thats more important for me, this line is enjoyable to fish with - while maintaining impressive distance and delicate presentation.

No brainer!

I love this line, so easy to cast and handle, loads quickly and shoots long but still lands delicately. One bonus that doesn't immediately strike you, is that in windy conditions (being thinner) the retrieved line blows around far less than a traditional floater.

I would seriously struggle to pull another competitor's floating line from my bag to use now.

Hybrid Tippet - Awesome

I Recently Tried this Tippet for the First time & its Awesome - Stays Straight, Easy to Knot & Just Feels Stronger that other Tippets ive Used.

only tried not used yet

as of yet i have not been able to fish with this line as it was bought for fishing with spider patterns on yorkshires rivers for brown trout, but i have had a few practice cast on the lawn and i am well pleased with the line

Sunray T'Shirts

Love em... Hope the villa in Lanzarote has washing facilities or I'm gonna smell. If you see a pike, brown trout or grayling on somebody's back out there thrashing the salt... It's likely to be me in my Sunray T.

Nymphing line

World Championship Nymph is best nymphing line by mine opinion. I used it in competition and my nymphing technique is so much better . Contact with nymph is amaising I can feel every nymph moving.

That's perfect Maric. Thanks for sharing this review. We have a LOT of competition anglers using this line because they can switch to dries without changing lines mid comp.
5/5

I liked the supple feel to this material. The knot strength was very good.

Cheers Graeme. Jan Scheffman wrote a good article on why it maintains knot strength here https://sunrayflyfish.com/blogs/news/myths-and-facts-fluorocarbon-nylon-and-hybrid-tippet
DT5F

Picked this up on sale. Supple line and casts predictably on a Garrison 206 copy. Slick throughout length. Should have ordered Lineslick also...

Thanks Andrew, that line has an unusually slick coating. I have to be honest, not by my specific design. It just turned out that way. Some things do!
5/5

World Championship Nymph

Have you tried it with dries too Jyri?
Nymphing experience

first impresssions, thin line with neutral colour. Built in loop connection at one end could have been better, as the line had a loose tag end not stuck down to the main line. in use the line performed well, provided you use the correct team of weighted nymphs. Excellent first day fishing session outing, and are pleased with the performance of the line. Would of rated line five star if connecting loop had been without fault. Regards Jeff

Hi Jeff, do you mean the end of the line wasn't trapped under the twist tie? Rarely, that happens when the factory weld the loop and can't get the loop back under the twist tie, but it's rare.
Marsden Hi Biz Shooting Head

Bought as a Birthday gift for an old school fly fisherman.
On using the line he was blown away with it's ease for casting.
Another Sunray convert.

Thanks Simon, that line will shoot the entire head with one cast. be careful with the overhang though! That's the first lesson in our tutorials. https://membership.sunrayflyfish.com/giveaway-sales-page
great loading line...

I use a Sage One 9ft 6# rod, the .short head slik floating line is perfect in balance..loading and delivery speed.....great line.......

I think that's our best 6 weight floater John. Cheers for the review.
New favourite coastal line

This line (intermediate) is perfect for Norwegian sea trout coastal fishing! "Microslik" is not a jippo, the line is completely silent going through the rod rings. Feels like no friction. It shoots long distances without effort and sinks at a straight line, ensuring contact with fly/fish. The line loads super quickly, but lands on the surface delicately and straight.

To the touch, it feels wet and dry at the same time. Flexible like a piece of string. Does not feel like it will carve into your fingers like some lines do.

I have only used it at three occasions (including at

I love the fact you noticed how silent it is through the rings. that's the lack of friction as you know.
fast & easy

I' ve used a lot of lines from the main brands and nothing satisfied me
I just came across this website for pure accident, tried this line ( #6 intermediate) and from the very 1st cast I realised it was a different sport:
easy to cast, easy catchin big fish, a joy to fish with...
thanks Tom, you are a genius

Thanks Stefano. Genius? I know..I know
Unbelievably sensitive

I had a couple of days fishing on the river Lugg for grayling. There was a huge variety of water and throughout both days I alternated between dry fly, duo, spiders, French nymph and Czech nymph tactics. Most of the time I used either a World Championship nymph line or a long French leader. The rod worked a treat ! It’s so light you don’t notice it even after several hours fishing and the feel is unbelievable. Most of the time I rely on touch to feel the takes and this rod is just so sensitive. Most of the fish I caught were less than a pound so I cannot say how it would handle something really feisty but it coped with everything I asked of it.

You are the first person to own this rod Tim. As for what it will handle, you've seen me hauling in rainbows on it in the video? No problem atall.
Delicacy and accuracy

In use, this line initially felt very similar to the Microslik Big Head line (see review). It has a slick coating, shoots very well, forms tight and stable loops and due to the front head profile, delivers the fly with accuracy and delicacy,
I felt that at long range (90+), the Big Head was the better line, but at shorter distances the Artic Silver was superior in terms of delicacy of presentation and lower water disturbance when landing or lifting off.
Both lines are good, but for me , I love long range casting so the #6 Big Head is my go to line on my #6 rods.
The gentle front taper of the Artic Silver Line and stealth colour could well be a godsend in clear water or bright sunshine conditions.
In terms of overall performance, the #6 Artic Silver felt a little light on my #6 rods (with the exception of a #6 Orvis Helios 1) in comparison to the Big Head which I think is spot on in terms of head weight. On my #5 Sage X the line loaded better and was casting further distances. The combination was excellent.
With previous (non-Sunray) lines, Ive always over-lined my rods to achieve distance so it might be worth contacting Tom before purchase and get advice for the rod that you are using.
This #6 line will be staying on my #5 rod as my "go to" line. It just has beautiful presentation and casts like a dream.

Thanks for this extensive review Paul. You have quite a unique / experienced set up there and you've understood the purpose of both lines. Personally I stick to the line rating on most rods with my lines. So I use a 5 on a 5 for instance.
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Spot on

Ive tried just about every cleaner/lubricant on the market and this is the best. Ive lent it to many anglers at my local lake and so far, all have been impressed.
It is easy to apply and buff off, and unlike many cleaners ,does not go slightly sticky after applying.
Following use I can hear far less noise as the line travels through the rings and notice immediate improvement in the distance that I'm casting by about 5 percent..
This product also keeps the line clean and lubricated for longer than the other cleaners that Ive used.
Im confident that this is a market leading product and I'm on my third tin now......all of the other products I used to use are in the bin. Enough said!!

Thanks Paul. It's a product from the cosmetic industry, with some other things added to get just the right viscosity. I particularly liked the fact you noticed the lack of noise after you used it. As you know that is the reduced friction.
Another 5 stars ( #6 floating version)

Having used over 60 fly lines in the last 5 years I can will all honesty state that this one is definitely one of the top two and the one I use most frequently. Its an amazing line for distance and delicate presentation giving a stable and aerodynamic loop which cuts through the air with ease ( presumably down to a superior head profile/density and ultra thin running line). It has less casting friction that any of the top lines that Ive used and needs less cleaning in use.
The head is a stealthy grey colour which in my opinion appears not to spook surface feeding fish as much as conventional (bright) colours. The white colouration of the head/ running line is easy to see even at extreme range.
Although stated as a 45ft head, even with the thin running line, I have no problems in extending the back cast to 60 feet or more with no substantial line drop or overloading my rod (I'm still baffled as to why this is the case but think that the low line friction is giving greater line speed).
The line weight is rated correctly for most rods , for example I use a #6 on my #6 Sage One and Sage X (the Sage One generally needs one line weight higher) If you have a reasonable casting stroke, this line will impress you greatly . If you are already a good caster , its abilities will definitely impress the anglers around you.
In essence its a well designed, high quality line which is effortless to get distance with. Its a pleasure to use in all fishing situations.

You are obviously a good caster Paul. This line will reward good casters because you can aerlialise the full head and get massive casts. But, it's one thing casting a long way, this line is very thin as you know and lands like a line 2 lines lighter in terms of diameter.
Big strike at first use

"On the web, looking for something REALLY new... "

Thanks for sharing this pic
#10 63 Ft Spey Line

"I'm no expert in these matters fishing probably no more than a dozen times a year but in my experience this is a very good spey line, it casts elegantly and flies out whilst ensuring delicate presentation. I bought this to replace a well known premium brand spey line for a trip to the Tweed. I gave it a go a week before the trip up on the Ribble and landed a 20lb salmon followed by a 5lb sea trout. The trip to the Tweed got me a 9lb salmon on this line fished with one of Tom's slow sinking leaders. Highly recommended and even the ghillies up on the Tweed were interested in it. Highly recommended.

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The ghillies know their stuff up there Marc. Some may remember the silk lines. This line is very similar in terms of presentation but can cast a great distance
Does the job

I am a friend of Jeremy Lucas

Aren't we all Neil. Great guy!
A stiffening wind and steady rain called for the Jeremy Lucas Line

"Today, roughly 25 years after Mike Weaver's book The Pursuit of Wild Trout introduced me to the ruggedly-magical rivers and brooks of Dartmoor, I finally managed to recce sections of three of them. A 10ft #3, 4-metre French Leader, 1 metre of level 3lbs tippet and either a Retirer Sedge (17-19) or Oppo (16) took care of the small, plentiful and lightning-fast lower-to-middle Cherry Brook brownies until lunchtime. Afterwards, a stiffening wind and steady rain called for a little extra support (in the form of a #3 Jeremy Lucas presentation line from Tom Bell at Sunray) in order to best tackle the lower Cowsic Brook and upper West Dart. Dramatic moorland scenery, gin-clear rough-and-tumble pocket water and hungry, upward-looking, feisty and vividly-coloured fish aplenty in Hound of the Baskervilles country. Precisely the kind of environment I enjoy fishing the most - and all for only a tenner! Without doubt the best-value day ticket fishing I've ever enjoyed - an ambition fulfilled and then some."

Thanks Clark. Even in a wind that 3 weight can do the business right.
Hybrid Tippet 7x

Fly lines were discussed on Flyforums UK

Love the line!

"Casts nice loops at all distances easaly, with both good turnover and great presentation. I have only cast it in windy condition and it does slice wind! It spey casts satisfactory. I am happy I tried this microslik short head since I lost my Rio lines and this one will replace my Rio gold and trout LT for the fishing I do most; river fishing wets/nymphs/dries/small streamers for Browns and rainsbows. It casts equally well on my Sage Circa 8'9" #5 and my Sage One 9' #5. Also really like the muted colours for aestethic reasons."

Yes Jonnie, that short head will help you in terms of quick loading but it's still very thin so you get the good presentation.
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Lineslik
M.A.
Linesilk

"Have found all products ( line, rod and linesilk) excellent"

That's all we need to know! Thanks for sharing.
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Lineslik
M.R.
Lineslik

Via Jeremy Lucas

Picture says a thousand words!
flylines

"i was suprized by the first time that i was casting,the MICRO INTERNATIONAL WF #6 indeed quick loading, and easy to get distant. easy pik up, even at +15 mt. so i tried the BALANCE DRY FLY #4, what a fly line ,smooth, on short and middle long distant( no long cast needded) so i buy the INTERNATIONAL GREY #6,and i looking forwards to cast with it. great flyfishing lines, tom"

Thanks Jean, you've been a great customer for a long time now.
"Simply worth the price, buy once buy Sunray"

"So I used it today , having used french leaders up until now I know that they are great to use and have no issues with using them rather than the sunray line. what the sunray line offers for me is a lot more in terms of versatility, I can easily cast with this line far easier than with a french leader when I switch tactics and nymph in other styles plus it casts a dry fly very well indeed, for me when I go out now I wont take any other lines or reels with me because my sunray line will cover whichever tactic I need it to. The line itself is of course low diameter and as such makes minimal disturbance on the water when using it as a dry fly line, I set mine up with a 2ft section of amnesia sunset in red and yellow with a loop one end to loop onto the fly line and a tippet ring the other end to attach my flurocarbon tippet which I vary depending on the depth. Today I only used a single nymph and for only a very short time but first impressions were positive, yes I could have used a french leader but for me the line looks as if it will last me longer and has no memory that ive observed thus far, feel is rather like using braid in terms of the feedback it gives, yes its exspensive in comparison to the french leader but im happy with it."

You've answered a good question Paul. 'Why use this line instead of mono or braid?' Because it's a fly line and you get all the benefits of a fly line with the sensitivity of braid I think.
Hybrid Tippet

First discovered on YouTube. I was intrigued by the claims and having tried various fly lines and tippets I decided to purchase various diameter spools. I like the way without having to change from flourocarban to copolymer tippet you can tie on a nymph or a dry fly and continue to fish. Love it!!!

Exactly, no more having to switch from nymph tippet to dries tippet. Did you read this article about that? https://sunrayflyfish.com/blogs/news/myths-and-facts-fluorocarbon-nylon-and-hybrid-tippet
Microslik International #7

Through the internet

Serious line that, thanks for buying.
Excellent Quality t-shirts

"I have now bought several of these t-shirts. Whilst I'm not normally one to purchase t-shirts which promote companies products, I have to say I am very happy to carry the Sunray logo due to the excellent quality of all the products I have bought. This includes these shirts as well as fly lines and various hybrid tippet. The t-shirts are made of a quality material which maintains its shape when washed and tumble dried. The print does not change following washing and it irons easily again maintaining its shape without producing an annoying twist in the body like less quality t-shirts from other fishing companies. Well done Tom for sourcing another fabulous product."

Something as simple as a t shirt is important though isn't it. How many T's have you got that you wear once, wash and never wear again because they lose shape?
Hybrid tippet

"Regular customer, originally heard about Sunray from reading an article in Total Fly Fisher"

Thanks Mike. We have some new articles coming up in 2018 in Total Fly Fisher.
Great performance line

I met a guy from Sunderland who was fishing my home club at Tinto fisheries near bigger in Scotland he was staying in the accommodation on site. He was a great promotor of your lines and gave me a few casts to get a feel for the line. I was immediately impressed and purchased the line that night. Since then two other friends have made a purchase.

Yep, we sell a lot of those lines because people can get the distance they need in limited casting space into a wind and you don't need to be an expert.
Great leaders

"Extremely delicate presentation, excellent taper."

I can't stand those thick wiry polyleaders that hinge around James, These are designed like mini fly lines, properly tapered.
Fantastic running line

"A superb running line which I could use in loops of up to 3 pulls of 10 or even 12, comes out of/off the water easily.. By far and away the best running line out of the box I have used. Bought it on impulse with a discount and have bought another two to replace ageing running lines. Will see how it lasts My only negative comment is the price point but that applies to all cut to length (usually but not always pre looped) running lines.

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Hi James, these lines are all pre looped. No need to cut.
Loads it perfectly and lands without a ripple

Just back from an hour's fishing on my local river (the Coln) a limestone spring fed river. I tried the line you sent and am very very impressed. I have a fibreglass rod I built myself on a blank supplied by Mark Williams of the Taniwha Rodworks in Salisbury. It is an 8' four weight. Your line loads it perfectly and lands without a ripple. I used the 4x tippet and didn't notice it - don't think the two fish I caught noticed it either!

I bet that line improved the response of that glass rod Peter.
2 years in....

"After having used Jeremy Lucas's original braided leader system and been amazed at the results I awaited these new lines with great anticipation and purchased one at the first opportunity. Two years in it really has delivered on every front and has ground my old dry fly lines into the dust (makes my Rio Lt seem like a 12wt that's now performing streamer duties?) I was initially a bit apprehensive that it would be a bit too good to be true and owing to the thin running line not lasting, but has put up with my many bad habits been stood on ripped through undergrowth repeatedly caught in the reel cage etc and has come out shining! Well done Tom, well done Jeremy you've transformed my fishing and made the once impossible a lot more probable, cheers!

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An early adopter! Thanks.
Full line cast

"When I used it I had a pal along as a guest. He is a mean fisherman and an excellent caster, makes me look like a buffoon. Off the river he put all but 6ft of the running line out. He was mighty impressed by the outfit. Now I want to find a Scandi or Skagit line to toss from it. What grain weight would you suggest? I see you did make a Scandi. Are you doing any more?"

Hi, all Scandi lines will be available in 2018.
All you say of the Volition is totally correct in every aspect.

"There's hype and there's lies but all you say of the Volition is totally correct in every aspect. What a rod! Combine it with the International line, your tippet you have a string of pearls. What do I like most? Hard to differentiate but apart from it flattering my casting I like its no need for false casting one shot river casting over distance. How much do I like it? I look forward to hearing about the rest of the range of rods you have coming along. Well done Tom. Rod, lines, tippets; all absolute winners. Many thanks."

You're one of our best customers Willy, thankyou. I think you have every rod we make now right?
Stopped counting at 39 and had Pepsi

While reading about European nymphing

Ah yes the line was featured in a new nymphing book by Oscar Boatfield wasn't it?