When it comes to skagit casting, we’ve long been fans of mono running lines, particularly when fishing light weight spey or switch rods. Nowadays there are bunch of different options out there, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.
However, a couple weeks ago we were joined by the OPST crew here at Alaska West. We had a chance to fish their new Lazar Line running line, and it’s pretty awesome. We were really impressed by it and here’s why..
- It boosts. It’s called the Lazar Line for a reason. Due to a flatter cross section than most running lines, this stuff shoots far, really far,
- No memory. Unlike most mono running lines out there, the Lazar Line has virtually no memory. Simply spool it on, give it a good stretch before fishing it for the first time, and voila! No more coils.
- It comes in good sizes. Unlike most ‘spey specific’ running lines, the Lazar Line comes in more than your typical 20 and 30 lb. tests. Instead, it is available in 25, 30, 35, 40, and 50 lb. tests, allowing you to get the most out of your running line, which we think is pretty cool.
- It knots really well. No more big ugly loop knots. If tightened correctly, the Lazar Line actually ties extremely slim, but strong knots. See it for yourself from the Skagit Master himself, here.
We really like the Lazar Line and would highly recommend it to anyone who prefers a mono running line on their spey or switch rod. For more information on the Lazar Line, or other cool products, check out OPST’s website, here. or visit your nearest spey -savvy fly shop.