Following up on the release from Royal Wulff Products about how it had won various magazine honors for its Ambush fly line, I asked if I could fish one myself on a bonefishing trip to the Bahamas.
It’s a great line. It has a really nice taper that’s beefy up front, which means it loads noticeably easier and moves big weighted flies around with less effort than some other lines I use for flats fishing. It’s a great roll caster, which we might not think about often in the context of the flats, but when the wind is howling, lifting and rolling can come in pretty handy.
The one jab I hear from some critics of this line is that it might be a bit too stout on the front end, which leads to less-than gentle splashdowns, and so forth. In my experience, if you’re throwing weighted flies with a long enough leader, that becomes a moot point anyway—provided you have a fly line that can turn the leader over. It’s a trade I’m willing to make.
Thing is, on the flats, where casting speed and distance are of paramount importance, we all tend to focus on the rods we use, when in fact, the lines we string on the rods probably have more direct influence on casting performance.
What feels good to you may not be the money line for me, and vice versa. But this is one line to consider. Price is $75.