Most of the West’s freestone streams are running bank-high or higher right now and they may continue to do so for a couple weeks. But soon, certainly by the Fourth of July, we should see a region-wide drop in streamflows and when that happens fishing is going to get real good. So get your work done right now and prepare to use some sick days.
Actually, there are plenty of opportunities right now, especially for those who like to throw streamers. This also was the case as the rivers rose in April and May, prior to major runoff. At that time I got in some solid headhunting before the water blew out. In fact, one day I decided to throw nothing but streamers on an often overlooked mid-size stream that sometimes produces 20-plus inch fish. So I poached a Scientific Angler’s weight-forward six-weight Sharkwave Anadro line at the Orvis Guides Rendezvous in Missoula, Mont., and took that to the water the following day.
This line has a short, heavy, forward taper that really helps when picking large flies off the water, and when turning them over on casts to the banks. SA designed the Anadro with line control in mind, especially when fishing streamers or heavy, double nymph rigs. The Anadro’s extended rear taper helps you throw long casts, even with heavy, articulated streamers (and shot) when needed.
Because I don’t care about aesthetics I also packed one of SA’s Sonar Leaders to the river, which helped load the fast-action rod—a nine-foot six-weight Sage Method—I was throwing. These sinking leaders are designed for trout spey, but they serve well on single-handers, too. Going with the straight Anadro line, and later with the Anadro plus the Solar leader, me and a friend power-bombed the banks for eight hours and were rewarded nicely, as you’ll see in the attached video. You’ll also be able to tell who was stuck behind the oars most of the time and who got free-reins to throw and land most of the 19 browns that came to hand.
It’s still salmonfly season, and golden stones are next, so a powerful weight-forward line should serve well for the next month or more whether you throw streamers or big dries.
What is this line not? Well, you probably don’t choose this one when fishing PMDs or, later in the summer, Tricos. You’ll go finesse at that time and this line might land too heavily on the water.
Overall, the Anadro—especially because I prefer to throw fast-action rods—impressed me and served exactly how I wanted it to when ripping big streamers, sometimes two at a time. The Sharkwave Anadro retails for $99 and if you can afford it, this is a nice line to add to your situation-specific arsenal.
- Sharkskin texturing on the tip section for the ultimate in flotation
- Mastery Textured running line delivers longer casts without abrasion
- Features the Tactile Reference Point (TRP), a non-embossed section at the end of the head
- Long rear taper for extended line control and long-distance casting
- Overweighted to assist in turning over heavy rigs
- Use one size heavy for switch rods
- For use in moderate and cold climates
- Braided multifilament core