New "BOSS Long" fishing line micro review.
Last weekend at the Sandy Spey Clave, along with a bunch of people, I got to cast the final prototype of BOSS Fly Lines new 9/10, and nearly final 8/9, long fishing line. The lines were designed by Greg Bencivenga and Gene Oswald.
For transparency sake let me say that I do have an affiliation with Gene Oswald through Bruce and Walker North America but have nothing to do with BOSS fly lines. I have to pay for them same as the next guy and don’t participate at all in the development process. That said, while sitting at the B&W booth I got to hear all the comments as guys came back from the river and reported to Gene. Below are is an overview from the guys who tried the 9/10:
• Feels a little lighter compared some other popular long lines but flies at least as far.
• Excellent flight characteristics: negligible belly drop, extremely stable loops with virtually no squiggling, and extremely strong turnover at the end, even at long distance.
• Casts well with only a portion of the line out of the tip, or just the whole head.
• Mends very easily.
I got to watch a couple guys cast them in realistic fishing conditions and can honestly say that these lines have the best loop stability and long-distance turnover (i.e. an honest 150’) I’ve ever seen in a long line. The leaders with yarn were even turning over nicely. Pretty sweet.
Sounds like they will be made with an integrated running line, and as a head only. The 9/10 (68’ and 790-800ish grains) are supposed to be available in June and the 8/9 (final specs?) in July. Not sure if you will be able to get them any place other than directly from BOSS. Thought some of you might like to know.
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Bruce and Walker North America - Pro Staff