What is the Wychwood Connect Series Deck Zone fly line?
The Deck Zone sinking fly line from the Wychwood Connect Series range is specifically designed for getting your flies down to depth as quickly as possible. While most standard sinking fly lines are sink rate 3 or Di3 format, and sink at around three inches per second, the Deck Zone is a sink rate 7 or Di7, and sinks at seven inches per second.
In just ten seconds, your fly can be about six feet below the surface, allowing you to reach trout that are holding in deeper water where the water temperature is cooler and the sunlight levels lower.
What are the benefits of using a Di7 sinking fly line?
A Di7 like the Deck Zone is primarily a line that will appeal to the reservoir angler fly fishing from a drifting boat, though it can also be used from the bank in some situations.
During the summer months, when trout move to deeper water to escape the heat and the sun, it can take far too long to count down your flies to the right depth if you're fishing a Di3 or intermediate line. If the fish are 10 feet (120") down, you'd need a 40-second countdown with a Di3 and an 80 second countdown on the average intermediate. A Di7 will get your flies down to the fish in just 17 seconds!
This is particularly important on windy days, because if your line doesn't reach the fish quick enough, by the time you've counted it down, your boat may well have drifted over the top of the line, affecting your ability to fish the flies correctly. In really hot weather, and on lakes and reservoirs where the water is deep enough, it's not uncommon for the trout to be over thirty feet down. A Di7 is pretty much the only feasible way to get to them.
In fact, although there are a few other Di7 lines on the market, there are few that sink faster, with the exception of some of Airflo's Di8 lines, such as the specialist Booby Basher, for which you'll need a powerful rod to cast it.
What are the main applications for very fast sinking fly lines?
A Di7 fly line is most commonly associated with fishing lures, often at speed by stripping them back or using a roly-poly retrieve. The fast sink rate gets your flies into deep water quickly so you don't need a long countdown, which makes a big difference when fishing from a drifting boat.
It's also ideal for fishing boobies and FABs. Here, you'd count the line down so it was literally on the deck, leaving the boobies or FABs popped-up above the lake bed. A tug on the line will pull the boobies downwards while leaving the line will see them bob back up, which can really entice trout to take them.
However, another less well-known application for fast sinking fly lines is to use them to fish buzzers and nymphs. When fish are in really deep water, say 20-30 feet down, but are still feeding on small invertebrates, a fast sinking line like a Di7 is pretty much the only way you'll reach them.
As the line sinks it will end up pulling the buzzers downwards and they're sometimes taken on the drop. You then twiddle them back up from the depths, almost fishing them vertically. It's not a particularly common technique but is just the thing to try when the fish are really deep during hot, sunny weather.
What profile does this fly line have?
The Connect Series Deck Zone sinking fly line uses Wychwood's Distance Taper, which is designed for wanging your flies out as far as possible. The head length is not stated but I am guessing that it's around the 40' mark. It, therefore, takes a few false casts to get the head outside the tip.
What line weights are available?
The Wychwood Connect Series Deck Zone lines come in #6, #7 and #8 sizes, which are the most commonly used fly line weights among those who fish reservoirs and larger stillwaters. There are several other fly lines in the Connect Series range with different densities and sink rates to suit your chosen method.
Does it come with welded loops?
There's a small welded loop at the front of the fly line, to save you fitting a potentially unreliable braided loop, but there's nothing at the rear. A simple nail knot or grinner knot to the backing holds it nice and tight and is very slimline so won't jam in the guides should you hook a trout which takes you into the backing.
What's the Deck Zone like to use?
Like most other sinking fly lines, the Wychwood Deck Zone hangs very limp with no memory or coils. It feels fairly slick in the hand, but in common with other sinking lines it will help if you give your reel a dunk in the water prior to fishing with it. The moisture helps slicken the line a little more and it will then feel a little less sticky and shoot much better.
This casts well but you will benefit from a faster-actioned rod to get the best from it. A roll cast pickup at the beginning of your cast can help bring any submerged flies up to the surface and gets the line airborne. Then, all it takes is a couple of false casts to aerialise the head section and you can shoot the rest. My carry wasn't massive with this line - maybe 50-60 feet at the most - but it does shoot well, so you can achieve good distances. Hitting the backing knot shouldn't be an issue if you are a decent caster.
The line sinks well and gets flies down to depth very quickly making it an effective line, especially from a boat. It lacks the line markers of more expensive sinking fly lines, but that's not a major issue and it works very well for the very modest price asked.
How much does this fly line cost?
The Wychwood Connect Series fly lines are very competitively priced at just £29.99. For this money, it represents excellent value - given that you'd normally pay £10-20 for a similar Di7 from another manufacturer. If you're after a slightly slower sinking line, the Connect Series fly line range also includes the Low Zone Di5, Mid Zone Di3, and Ghost Intermediate which sinks at 1.5" IPS, as well as some other more specialist fly lines.
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