The Windcutter has been badly named. It is not the line to use in windy
conditions; the tip is too long and too light. It is in fact a distance line
and a damn good one, being in my opinion the best distance line on the
market (and I have tried them all). Each year I get sent all sorts of
flylines through the post and none of them quite stands up against the
It is the flyline that I use for all of my floating line trout fishing and
it's the one I use for all my casting demonstrations. I have been using them
for about four years and since I believe that the flyline is
actually the most important item of tackle when it comes to flycasting, I won't
settle for second best.
This line is very different to any other I have tried and has a unique front
taper. The tip section is one AFTM lighter and the mid-section (of the head)
is one AFTM heavier (two on 8-weight and above). This has a profound affect
on the behaviour of the line.
At first it feels different and not necessarily in a good way, but with
practice the increased acceleration that occurs when the unfurling loop
reaches the forward taper gives (me at least) greater control over
However the real benefit occurs when aerialising longer lengths of line.
Since the mid-section of the head is one AFTM heavier than normal and since
the line itself is a long-belly weight-forward, the flyline contained within
the 10 to 15 yard section is particularly heavy. Ordinarily this might
overload the rod, however since the tip section is underweight the line
It should be noted that the tip section is both light and long making it
critical that the casting stroke be a straight-line pull, otherwise the
flyline performs it's own dogleg on the final shoot (technically known as
a "presentation cast""
The running line is amongst the thinnest and hardest I have had encountered.
I get a full season out of the windcutter and believe me I knock hell out of them.
Naturally, we sell them here (available in colours tan, yellow and camo)