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Scientific Anglers Mastery VPT Fly LineScientific Anglers Mastery Series VPT is aiming to be your next all-purpose dry fly line. With VPT standing for "versatile presentation taper", the goals that were kept in mind while designing this fly line are quite obvious. A sleek, moderate taper gives you fine grained control at close range while allowing you to maintain great loop control on longer distance casts. These features are made possible due to the fly line's braided multifilament core, which yields a supple low-stiffness line.
On the technical side, Scientific Anglers embodied the Mastery Series VPT fly line with Advanced Shooting Technology (AST). AST is a patented "dry slickness" technology that repels dirt and other particles, thus allowing the line to shoot through the guides of your fly rod more freely. The added slickness helps to provide longer, smoother casts. This anti debris coating not only lowers the friction of the line, but also extends the overall life of the fly line. Scientific Anglers also advertises that their AST technology helps their fly line float higher on the water, since less dirt and nastiness can cling to the line to ruin it's buoyancy. Featuring a wonderful tri-color design, the coloration of the Mastery Series VPT fly line makes it REALLY easy to know exactly where you are in your line. Dual color lines are common, however, we like this three-color variation better!
By know, I'm sure you're wondering how it fishes. The good news is that the Scientific Anglers Mastery Series VPT is a real winner in practice, as well as in the lab. This offering by Scientific Anglers excels when using dry flies! The line possess amazing turnover and casts beautifully. As its name suggests, the Master Series VPT allows you to control your presentation with absolute precision; giving you the perfect amount of control for dry fly fishing. This line was extremely solid up to roughly 70 feet, while being respectable enough in the distance department to satisfy all but the most aggressive long-distance chuckers. The Master Series VPT floated quite nicely on the water while being quite visible. The fly line was not, however, so bright as to worry me that the line would spook the fish. We wouldn't call this fly line wind resistant though, as it isn't the thickest line in the world. But if your fishing dry flies, we're guessing you're used to a lighter line.
All said, the Mastery Series VPT by Scientific Anglers impresses. It absolutely excels at close to medium range dry fly fishing while giving you extreme control over your presentation on the water. If those features sounds attractive to you, then you may have found your next fly line!
Final Score:94% A great handling dry fly line!
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