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The story behind the RD lines

Stener Skogmo

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The story behind the RD lines

For 17 years I was guiding salmon fishermen in many of our best salmon rivers. One of the most important things I learned these years was that the use of sinking lines more often gave contacted with large salmons. I also learned that sinking lines not always worked out under all conditions...

The main point of using sinking lines is to get the fly down to the fish ... but sometimes the lines did not do the job I wanted them to do!

When casting a sinking line 45 degrees to the river (with tight line), I often experience that the fly does not drop down to the right depth. Instead, I see that the water pressure keeps the line and fly high in the water, and it is only with very active mending or casting 90 degrees on the stream, (and perhaps by dropping out a meter line at the same time) that I manage to get the fly down ...

After study this for a few years, I began to form an idea of another structure of a sinking line concept that could be more efficient when it came to practical fishing. I began to experiment with the opposite density of what´s traditional.

The Traditional sinking lines has normally its lowest sinking density in the rear back end, closest to the rod. For example, is typically more sinking density in the tip, compare to the rear back end.  When fishing In slow water streams, these lines will function as intended. But as soon as we cast into faster flowing water, the water pressure will normally prevent the fly going deep enough. Its the rear back end of the fly line, (where connected to the running line), that determines how deeply you want to fish. The water pressure will ensure that the line levels from this point!

Therefore, in 2010-2011 I conducted a personal project with a new type of sinking lines. I made the Reverse-Density lines. I had sync 4 at the rear end, and sync 2 in front. The goal was to utilize the physical laws of my advantage to achieve the following: To be able to control the line depth, and to cast with more ease and less use of power. Especially lifting sinking lines out of the water became simplified.

Here's what I experienced after a two long seasons where I only fished with Reverse-Density (RD) liner:

· I got four times as many salmon above 7 kilo (compare to the years before)

· I manageed to simplify and control the fishing depth

· I managed to cast just as far as before, but with less force

· Lifting the sinking lines from the water became allot easier

Since then, I have not used other sinking lines than the RD when fishing in normal- to fast streaming water.  I'm glad and proud that these lines soon will be available on the market so more people can enjoy this efficient- and easier sinking line fishing! I hope you will get in contact with the big ones...

Tight lines, Stener Skogmo

Chief Designer, line program - ArcticSilver innovation