What is the Greys Platinum Shoot fly line?
The Greys Platinum Shoot fly line is designed for easy casting and lets you achieve distance by shooting line, rather than carrying it in the air. This makes it a good choice for those places where your back casting space might be a bit limited and for when you want to quickly fire out your fly with a smaller number of back casts.
It comes in two different densities - floating and intermediate. The floating version (which we have been using) is white in colour while the intermediate is translucent and sinks at a rate of 1.5 inches per second (IPS), making it a slow intermediate.
What taper does it have?
The Greys Platinum Shoot is effectively an integrated shooting head style fly line. It has a 35'6" head, which comprises a 25' head, a 5'6" front taper and a 5' rear taper to help prevent hinging. The head length is very short so the line loads the rod quickly, even with relatively little line outide the tip.
What fly lines are in the Platinum Shoot range?
The Greys Platinum Shoot fly lines come in sizes suitable for rods of #5 through to #8. The floating version comes in a #5 at the lowest rating, but the intermediate starts at #6. All are 90' long and all have the same 35'6" total head length.
|Line weight||Density||Colour||Head length||Total length|
|WF #6||Intermediate 1.5 IPS||Translucent||35'6"||90'|
|WF #7||Intermediate 1.5 IPS||Translucent||35'6"||90'|
|WF #8||Intermediate 1.5 IPS||Translucent||35'6"||90'|
Does this line have welded loops?
No, the Platinum Shoot doesn't have welded loops. Instead, it comes with a very small braided loop that you need to attach yourself. It's actually a really nice quality loop - a bit like the excellent Roman Moser Minicon braided loops. The fact that there's no welded loop might be an annoyance to some, but quite a lot of people chop them off anyway and use a nail knot instead, often myself included, unless the welded loop is nice and small.
What's it like to use?
This is quite an easy fly line to cast. As with most integrated shooting heads, once you have the head section outside the tip, you'll feel the rod load fairly deeply. A couple of false casts, and a haul if you can do that, and you can release the line on your forward cast and watch the running line shoot through the rings. It's pretty easy to get decent distance, but like other lines of this style, you must do this via shooting and not carrying the line, otherwise the loop will collapse.
It feels fairly soft in the hand and slightly slick. It's not super limp, but not coily either. Line memory is fairly minimal providing you give the line a gentle stretch when you first strip it off the reel when getting started for the day. It lies fairly flat on the water. It's not perfect, but it's definitely not a bad line either, especially for the price - which is very competitive. The short head really helps turn over flies well, so it's a good choice if you fish lures.
How much does it cost?
The Greys Platinum Shoot fly lines cost around £24.99, which is at the budget end of the market as fly lines go. It's not a bad purchase for the money.
Available from: Amazon