The Development of the SharkWave
When we introduced the Sharkskin™ family of lines in 2007, they weren’t simply the latest in a long line of high-quality innovations. The Sharkskin created an entirely new category of product: textured fly lines. These lines, developed and manufactured at the Scientific Anglers facility in Midland, Michigan, represented one of the most interesting and groundbreaking evolutions in the history of fly line technology.
The benefits of the textured lines were numerous: increased surface area allowed the lines to sit higher in the water, offering less drag, easier mending, less water spray, and easier pick-ups; the micro-textured surface trapped air to provide increases in both shootability and flotation—all while decreasing friction; and the microreplicated pattern increased the durability of the lines, allowing them to last up to twice as long.
The accolades mounted. But we knew we could do better.
Using what we learned while developing the Sharkskin, we developed the Mastery
Textured series. These lines took the high points of the Sharkskin technology and combined them with the easy feel of traditional, smooth fly lines, resulting in a textured line that performs like the Sharkskin, but feels smoother to the touch.
Then something struck us: Let’s take the best parts of the Sharkskin, combine it with the
Mastery Textured series, and see what happens.
The result? Meet the SharkWave, the world’s first Triple-Textured and Triple-Colored fly line. Featuring Sharkskin texture on the tip section, Mastery Textured divots for the belly and running line, a smooth Tactile Reference Point at where the head meets the running line, SA•ID line identification, AST dry slick technology, Improved Dry Tip technology, and Streamlined Loops, the SharkWave is unlike any fly line we’ve ever produced.
It’s fishing. Friction-free.
What exactly are microballoons? Microscopic beads filled with air or gas that are mixed with PVC. This lowers the density of the fly line, helping it to float higher on the water.
Sharkskin is a radical modification of typically smooth-surfaced fly lines. Featuring our proprietary microreplication technology, the Sharkskin surface traps air to provide superior shootability, flotation, and durability.
The Mastery Texture fuses our traditional Mastery series lines with Sharkskin texturing, providing all the benefits and performance of the Sharkskin technology with the smoother feel of a traditional fly line.
The Tactile Reference Point is a 30-inch non-embossed section of line between the running line and rear taper, allowing casters to feel – and hear – the transition from our textured technologies.
As a result of the lab’s mission to continually improve our lines, we bring you SA•ID. This innovative line-marking system allows you to identify your lines at a glance. Each SA•ID can be found within the first two feet on the tip section of the line.
Utilizing a unique blend of proprietary microballoons, we’ve developed a fly line tip section that floats twice as high as a standard line, meaning less drag on pickups and far fewer sunken leaders.
Our patented dry slick technology continues to set the standard for line slickness. The AST formula allows lines to shed dirt, cast farther, float higher, and stay cleaner than traditional lines.
Exceptionally slick and strong, our welded Streamlined Loops produce smoother casts and easier turnover with a seamless fly-line-to-loop transition that results in softer landings and cleaner pickups.