At Andros South we tend to prefer fly lines with fairly short, heavy heads and aggressive tapers. That’s because most of our shots come at short to moderate distances, and we often use big flies to target our big fish. Having a line that loads up your rod quickly really helps get the fly in front of the fish.
Over the past few years, two of our favorite lines have been Rio’s Tropical Clouser and Bruce Chard’s Bonefish line – two lines that fit the ‘short and heavy’ bill much better than most typically designed ‘bonefish’ lines. We’ve said it countless times about our fishery – ‘speed is more important than distance’. This style of line helps you present fast!
Rio Bonefish QuickShooter
The Bonefish QuickShooter is a bonefish line with a 35 foot head. It’s about 3/4 of a line weight heavy to aid in getting the deep load fast.
We test cast the 7 weight QuickShooter on the pond at IFTD with a Sage 790-4 ONE, and the results were pretty much as expected. One false cast generated as much load as we needed to make easy shots out to 60 or 70 feet. The setup felt very accurate, and the ‘fly’ landed plenty soft for almost any presentation needed on Andros.
Of course, casting inside a convention center is never the same as putting something to use on the flats. We’ll take one for the team and do some real field testing in October!