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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-21-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Bridge fly lines..

So i know these are only available in Canada at the moment..and i think the initial run is sold out....but more are on the way..

Bridge fly lines developed by one of my great buds and SOR competitor Tim Arsenault are pretty damn amazing lines...

I own now the 40' 575g line 7/8wt (shorter version which name slips my mind) I have coming after an afternoon on the skagit river testing with Tim, Larry the Heb and Motto Merc...the 53' version for the 15' 7/8 B&W power lite...as well as the 8wt 40' head @ 625g and when they come out in the fall, the winter line for tip which will be a 30' give or take head that we cast with 10' of T11.

So a brief and very unprofessional take on these lines by me..

40' Full floater head is very nice...feels lighter then the grain weight..sails so smoothly out there and the turn over with this line is one of the best i've fished..
I found that the line i have is a big winner on my 8142-4 burkheimer ... just amazing on this rod...as a dry line just for S**** and giggles we put a gaelforce polyleader tip on, 3.6 sink rate (mid range one) on and it worked very well..was a blast to fish and my thoughts were on a couple runs this would be perfect for..
I thought this line would be the one for my new 14' 7 B&W and it does do quite well on there but the 8wt version at 625g actually was ridiculous..We were casting into a head wind which sucked..but is typical of summer thermals around Hamilton area in the summer..so not the best way to figure out a line...but the 8wt cut through the wind and turned over nicely...

The 53' version at 7/8 wt also was a big winner on the 15' B&W 4 piece 7/8 power lite....My goodness this line cast beautifully even in the wind and a long way...will be on my reel for the CW this fall for sure...

We also played with the "winter" line which is a 30+or- head with the 10' T11 tip and this line is going in my kit as soon as it comes out....I've often missed the old SA 30' skagit which i seemed to always put on backwards, curse and have to switch as they NEVER marked which end was which....The Bridge winter line is a much improved line over the SA one....again single spey casts were effortless with this line....not meant to cast big chickens but traditional spey flies...(though i bet it would IMHO but not near as pretty) I am old school and not a skagit head guy...so i have fished the NC zones and steelhead finders when i want to use T11 ..this line is a longer head and with IMHO better turnover.. just snaps out there..and i am a huge zone/steelhead finder fan...or was!!

I apologize for not doing my homework and getting the actual names of these lines correct...I have been casting prototypes with Tim the last couple years as he developed them and always referred to them as the longer or shorter one...so please chime in with the correct names.....They are a big hit up north as his original order which went to Micheal and Youngs fly shop in B.C. and a shop in Alberta i believe is pretty much sold out ... and another big order is coming in soon....

Keep your eyes open for these lines and i think when you get a chance to try them you'll be pleasantly surprised...Well done Tim and Bridge fly lines!!! (Below is the legend himself..TIMMMMY)
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I was trying to google those lines and came up with nothing.

They sound pretty sweet!
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I own now the 40' 575g line 7/8wt (shorter version which name slips my mind) ..

Tributary and Mainstem.
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Do you know who is doing the actual manufacturing of the lines?
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I tried the tributary 6/7 on one of James Reid’s bamboo rods.the 11’7 7wt and it was fantastic! Turn over with a variety of different sized flies was great! I just picked up the main stream 7/8 for my 13’6 walker 56’ 635 grains? I think. Really looking forward casting this line!
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I tried the tributary 6/7 on one of James Reid’s bamboo rods.the 11’7 7wt and it was fantastic! Turn over with a variety of different sized flies was great! I just picked up the main stream 7/8 for my 13’6 walker 56’ 635 grains? I think. Really looking forward casting this line!
That's great news! I saw the IG post by bridge saying the lines were available through a group of dealers and I posted a question on whether they had a dealer that posted overseas. He DM'd me directly to say that Michael & Young were able to do it. I emailed M&Y and they replied and took payment for a 6/7 and 7/8 for my JMR 7 and 8 weight bamboos. I can hardly wait till they arrive and try them out in a week or so.
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Are these “Head Only”, or are they integrated lines ??


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Are these “Head Only”, or are they integrated lines ??


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They are heads Mike
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Thanks for the review, looking forward to trying the 30'er since I didn't think I'd ever buy another winter line after fishing Zones for the last 3 years. Just gotta find one.

Anybody have specs? No details on the Insta page

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Thanks for the review, looking forward to trying the 30'er since I didn't think I'd ever buy another winter line after fishing Zones for the last 3 years. Just gotta find one.

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Will be out in sept i believe he said....i also have used zones and steelhead finders almost exclusively in both summer and winter...I had my SF out yesterday with a dry tip and love how it casts but that damn tip crumples...i have multiple dry tips and may need to go through them all to find one that works? with Tim's line..turnover was not an issue...Taper design is both fascinating or boring to listen to depending on your perspective....
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Will be out in sept i believe he said....i also have used zones and steelhead finders almost exclusively in both summer and winter...I had my SF out yesterday with a dry tip and love how it casts but that damn tip crumples...i have multiple dry tips and may need to go through them all to find one that works? with Tim's line..turnover was not an issue...Taper design is both fascinating or boring to listen to depending on your perspective....
Hahaha you're right, taper design is tough dinner conversation with many people... I'm not one of them!

Thanks for the heads up, I'll be looking out for more info in a couple months.

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Theses are the specs on the Bridge lines I've cast a couple of them there very nice lines going to try the 8/9 625 tributary tomorrow after work on my 8136 vision xo
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I had a casting lesson with Tim today.

After our class he let me try his CND 15’ #9/11 with his Bridge 60’+ head.
As a novice even I could tell it was very easy to cast and shoot some line.
Of course Tim was putting it out about 170’ effortlessly.

We then tried a prototype winter line for tips on my Hardy 14’ #9.
Much easier for me to cast than a traditional Skagit or Scandi.
Rolled a 15’ 129 gr. #9 sinktip with ease.

Right now the design of the lines is wasted on me until I improve my skill level.
When my casting is good enough I’ll convert my old lines to Bridge
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That's a sick combo. The rod is a cannon but with the 8/9 Bridge line on it, it's amazing! Casts soooo far and sooo effortlessly. I tried that rod with that line when it still belonged to Xgolfman, before he gave it to Tim and I was tasked to find the right line for it.

One thing I have to say about Bridge lines. Back off on the power. I know that seems counter-intuitive but it will actually cast better and farther with less power and your turnover will be much better. Yes, you can smash it but you don't need to and the line works better if you don't. Plus, the added benefit of less fatigue at the end of the day has to be worth something...
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Picked up a Tributary from Tim a few weeks ago and finally got it out on the water yesterday. Holy smokes. My first time casting a longer line, and with limited casting ability/windy conditions, but that thing sailed. It fishes incredibly too. So much line control. Can’t wait to get better with it. Also can’t wait for the Wintertide line to come out.

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