Royal Wulff Triangle Taper review by Serge Thomas

ROYAL WULFF PRODUCTS:

Bermuda Triangle Taper (TT) floating 9wt

Taper type: Triangle taper

What’s in the box? Line, sticker, storage wheel, instruction notice

http://www.royalwulff.com

MSRP: US $ 60-65

Joan and Lee Wulff are master fly casters and both have achieved great things with just 6 feet bamboo rods! As fly casting experts, they came with one of the neatest design in fly line making: “The triangle taper” (patented). On their web site, they say:

the Triangle Taper offers the greatest delicacy of any fly line. [It] is a continuous forward taper in the head of the line […]. This provides the most efficient transfer of casting energy as it unrolls because the heavier line is constantly turning over lighter line. This design also gives you a more delicate presentation because the weight is away from the fly. It is also the finest roll casting line for up to 60′ casts. The combination of a long weighted section and a light running line make the Triangle Taper cast like a shooting head for distance. The tip end can be customized by cutting it back for the desired performance level.

No one could have said it better. They are right; the triangle taper is just great.

I was well aware of Royal Wulff products, as I used their fly lines in the past in freshwater for trout fishing, but I only thought about using their lines in Florida saltwater in 2002, when a friend of mine, a certified FFF fly caster,  told me they were awesome. They indeed are great and do everything Royal Wulff says.

This line is probably the most versatile of all and is easy to cast at any level. It is very forgivable because of the progressive triangle taper so that you cannot really mess up your timing. Beginners will surely appreciate this, as well as the short head, easier to handle and to load the rod. Advanced fly casters will also like how it casts: short, fast cast to a moving target? No problem! Casting into a stiff wind? No problem! Roll casting? Easy! Casting light to heavy flies? Using long tapers? No problem. That line just does it all and fairly well.

The presentations are very delicate, still because of the very progressive taper that should be matched with a leader tapered similarly. Bonefishing is all about presentation after all. There are some situations, when I thought the line could be slightly outperformed by others: slick calm days (because of the fat head= the first 30 feet of line is heavier than the recommended by the AFTM) and accuracy at long distance (though the line was very accurate for its short head). Short heads indeed do not help the fairly inexperienced caster to judge about the right distance when casts over 50-60’ are required… but, on the other side, a short head is easier to handle than a long one.

Other than casting, the line is very resilient. I used mine for two seasons until a friend of mine borrowed it and fed it to its trolling motor (with the rod tip chopped in 4 pieces). The line was just a bit cut in some areas, leaving the braided mono core exposed. After I patched the holes with Goop, the line is still quite useable, though the tip does not float as well as it used to.

I never felt that I needed to lubricate the line. It still shoots well today though the small ribs on the coating got smoothened out. The line floats fairly well and is easy to pick up to be recast. In 2006, Royal Wulff comes with a new lubricant “J3” integrated into the coating: the line shoots better, floats higher, repels water better. I cannot attest it, but this sounds good!

The line has moderate stretch, which preserve light tippets. The memory out of the box is acceptable, but, once stretched, the line lies flat on the deck, is easy to manage, especially while clearing the line and rarely tangles. I found the light blue color is relatively easy to track in the air and on the water.

If you are looking for a versatile tropical line, and good bonefish line, the Royal Wulff TT Bermuda is surely one of them.

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