New "BOSS Long" fishing line micro review. - Spey Pages
 31Likes
  • 14 Post By Cowboy Tom
  • 1 Post By Green Butt
  • 1 Post By SLSS
  • 3 Post By Huck It
  • 1 Post By Huck It
  • 4 Post By spencesbridge
  • 1 Post By tspeyall
  • 1 Post By Cowboy Tom
  • 2 Post By Cowboy Tom
  • 3 Post By spencesbridge
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Cowboy Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Methow River
Posts: 765
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.

TMc

I see you're a shvingger too!

Tom McCoy

Bruce and Walker North America - Pro Staff
Cowboy Tom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:55 AM
PiscatorNonSolumPiscatur
 
Green Butt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 755
Thanks!
A link to where they will be available?
spencesbridge likes this.
Green Butt is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 01:13 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: OR
Posts: 2,798
Oh sure, we're standing around bombing overheads, and nobody says, Hey, wanna try the new Boss line?

Next time!
spencesbridge likes this.
SLSS is online now  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 02:55 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: PNW
Posts: 9
Boss 9/10 Long Line

Had a chance to dance w/this one (9/10 line) @ The Sandy Clave for the very first time. I hope I don't have to wait too long to do it again.
Long or short casts were a breeze paired w/the 9/10 15' 6" Walker. Very stable loop shape & speed with consistent turnover at all distances including in excess of 130'. No "fluttering" turnover or "spaghetti pile up" landing; none. Very impressive results with the casting conditions at hand that day which had a random swirling breeze that changed direction & energy unpredicably early Saturday AM. Fred & Ginger would have been envious.
One of the big surprises of this line is in the mending of it. Since the line diameter of the back end isn't as thick & bulky as other lines in it's class, it doesn't have the drag & mass that add a lot of stick when lifting the line to mend it. A very nice suprise for a line that literally has no back taper & for fishing purposes, it doesn't get any better or easier. And in the end, that's what it's ultimately about.
No mistake; this line is for rods of 14' or longer but it is the overall top performer in it's class of all the lines currently available that I have had the pleasure to cast to date. Very well done Boss Boyz!
Huck It
"And on the seventh day, they Hucked."

Last edited by Huck It; 05-15-2019 at 10:45 AM.
Huck It is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 02:25 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: PNW
Posts: 9
Boss 9/10

Oh yeah, and can't wait to try the 8/9! If it's half as good as the 9/10, it will be a perfect fit for my 15' 7-9 Powerlite. Super stoked to try it when it's ready. More lines to come???
spencesbridge likes this.
Huck It is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 04:56 PM
Registered User
 
spencesbridge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 269
BOSS Long #9/10 and 8/9

Thanks for the feedback. I hope our new BOSS 9/10 and 8/9 lines will be well received. The lines are long heads, 68’ and 65’ respectfully. They cast great short or long. They are intended to be cast with the entire head out of the rod tip after you have covered those close in areas. We have worked diligently to develop these long lines to have a wonderful (not heavy feel) with great shoot-ability and turnover even in moderate headwinds. Plus, they are super easy to mend if need be. The lines are a light salmon/steelhead blush color. We really like the lines and we hope you will as well.



Gene Oswald
BOSS Fly Lines
Bruce and Walker Rods.

Bruce and Walker North America
BOSS Fly Lines
spencesbridge is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 05:22 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: northwest lower Michigan
Posts: 473
Boss lines...

Hey Gene & Tom,
Sounds like a great line...now all we need is a 6/7 wt version to throw on my 17' Walker LLS 6/7...

it's all good,
Tom
spencesbridge likes this.

"used to be northspey"...
tspeyall is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Cowboy Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Methow River
Posts: 765
Tom,

I agree completely. I've got 16' 6/7 and 7/8 prototypes here that would love a chance to sling a BOSS Long of appropriate proportions. Getting a little giddy just thinking about it!
spencesbridge likes this.

I see you're a shvingger too!

Tom McCoy

Bruce and Walker North America - Pro Staff
Cowboy Tom is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 01:59 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: northern california
Posts: 364
Has anyone cast the BOSS COMP line? on an SOR BW?
donkeyhunter007 is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Cowboy Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Methow River
Posts: 765
donk,

The short answer to your question is yup. I was doing it just yesterday. In fact, the "O" in BOSS, Gene Oswald, is the Bruce & Walker North America rep. The SOR rod was the principal stick used for developing the line. Greg Bencivenga, the "B" in BOSS used that line/rod pairing this year to take 5th at SOR, and Zack Williams used that combo to take 3rd. The B&W - BOSS combo was an instantly popular after the line was introduced last year at SOR and Brian Styskal used it to finish in 2nd. I had to wait to get my line because they sold out so quickly. So, I guess the long answer to your question is that quite a lot of people have cast the BOSS comp line on the B&W SOR.
spencesbridge and Grayghost2 like this.

I see you're a shvingger too!

Tom McCoy

Bruce and Walker North America - Pro Staff
Cowboy Tom is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 10:34 AM
Registered User
 
spencesbridge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 269
BOSS Lines

Hi Donkeyhunter, as Tom mentioned our BOSS comp line has been used with great success on the Bruce and Walker SOR rod. As a matter of fact, the SOR rod was the test bed for developing the line. Three of the top five finalists at Spey-O-Rama this year used this exact combination.

Thanks for asking.

Gene Oswald
BOSS Fly Lines
Bruce and Walker North America

Bruce and Walker North America
BOSS Fly Lines
spencesbridge is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 10:57 AM
Registered User
 
wrx_canoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: GBay and L.Ont. Tribs
Posts: 1,628
Sounds encouraging. Please dont forget about the 7/8 line class. My Powerlite 7-9 4 piece needs a dance partner...

_________________________________
I'd rather be chasing mykiss or salar...
wrx_canoe is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 11:00 AM
PiscatorNonSolumPiscatur
 
Green Butt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 755
Great information!
Awaiting their availability. Just in time for summer!
Green Butt is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long beach casting club's first spey tournament 4sallypat Claves and Other Gatherings 5 02-02-2018 03:04 PM
Fly Fishing For Sailfish Flycaster99 General 3 06-08-2015 03:02 PM
My Unconventional Way of Sinking Things. Hardyreels Fishing with the Doublehanded Rod 22 04-25-2015 08:19 PM
Six dimensions of characterising 'feel' in a rod sushiyummy Rods 11 05-24-2008 07:11 PM
Forum Demo XLT Review sinktip Tackle 4 09-09-2002 08:33 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome