What is the Sunray Git Down fly line?
The Git Down fly line is a sinking fly line from Sunray. It is 100' long (10' longer than most fly lines) and has a relatively short head of 36-38', which helps the rod load quickly with less room for backcasting.
Like the Sunray Short Head and the Sunray Competition Float, the Git Down is fitted with a coloured overhang marker to help you judge when to stop slipping line on your false casts, which can make casting it easier than solid coloured sinking fly lines.
What sizes are available?
The Sunray Git Down is available in fast sinking and slow sinking formats, as well as an intermediate tip line. The slow sinking version (or Di3 ish) has a sink rate of 2-3" per second (IPS), while the fast-sinking version has a sink rate of 3-5" per second (or Di5 ish).
The tip line has a floating head and running line and a four-foot intermediate tip, making it ideal for fishing in the top layers. They're all available in #5, 6#, 7# and #8 sizes, so will suit most fly rod weights used for fishing on small and large stillwaters and reservoirs.
What colour is the fly line?
Like most fast sinking fly lines, the Sunray Git Down is black to help make it less obvious to fish when you're pulling it through the water. There's a very bright yellow section that serves as the "overhang marker", which is aimed at helping you identify when the head is outside the tip of the rod.
How does it feel in the hand?
The Git Down has a relatively hard and shiny finish and it feels slick in the hand, especially when wet. Straight off the reel, there's a lot of coiling, especially in the thicker line of the head. This is particularly bad in cold weather. It's one of the curliest lines I've used for a while.
However, the fact that the line has a little stretch to it means that you can pull out this coiling at the start of your session to leave a line that lies straight. It's also not as bad in warmer weather.
There are welded loops on either end and they feel very robust and thicker than usual on Sunray lines, which will hopefully increase their longevity a bit.
What's it like to cast?
A lot of people like to knock Sunray, but you can't really deny that their lines do cast very well. I've got three Sunray Git Down lines - one in a #6 and two in #8 weight format. Like all other Sunray lines I've used, they cast very well.
I've used my Git Down lines on the Loop Cross SX, Loop Evotec, Loop Q fly rod, and the Loop Yellow Line and they all cast the lines well. Unlike some other Sunray lines, they don't feel particularly overweight and load my rods nicely without overdoing things.
The overhang marker is long and clearly visible in most conditions which really helps you identify the position of the head. Once you've done a couple of false casts to get the head and overhang marker outside the tip, and have built up some line speed, a gentle haul is all it takes to send out the line.
It goes a decent distance with minimal effort. If you're a proficient caster, you may find that you can handle a significant amount of extra line beyond the marker, which can give you a bit more.
How much does it cost?
Sunray's pricing model is quite up and down. Sometimes their lines are sold at very high prices, while at others you can pick them up for half price. These are £69.99 at full price, but if you time it right and you can often pick them up for half the usual price. At half price, they're OK, if you can leave with the extreme slinky like coiling.