Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wulff Ambush Line


The Wulff Ambush line is my go to line for Switch rod for good reason. It is ridiculously easy to roll cast and make Spey casting a lot easier to learn. It has a 20ft tapered head joined to an integrated running line. The key to this line success is its concentration of mass near the butt end (the part joining the running line). When the head just overhangs the rod tip, most of the mass is right at rod tip making it very easy to  load  with a D-loop.

This line was not specifically design for double-hander. It was meant as a line for tight quarter roll casting and  single hand spey casting. However, with the rise in popularity of shorter Spey rods and Switch rods, this line found its niche. Gary Sandstrom designed the line for Royal Wulff. You can read more about his design philosophy and inspiration here in this newsletter:

 http://www.flyfishusa.com/newsletter/030710/

For Spey casting with Switch and shorter Spey rods, this line match well with RIO versi-leader from 10ft - 15ft. For floating and intermediate tips, I typically use 15ft versi-leaders. For faster sinking tips, I stick to 10ft versi-leaders. The Ambush line is now available from 195 grains all the way up to 550 grains.

Here is a chart I created to reference Wulff Ambush line grain weight:









20 comments:

  1. Nice review on the Ambush Line, have you tried the 10' 3WT TFO BVK with the 5wt Ambush for single handed spey?

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    1. I have not tried 5wt Ambush (215 grain) but I have tried a custom 150 grain line on the 10' 3wt BVK and it cast great. I have also tried Ambush 6wt (235grain) and it is on the high side of the grain window. 4wt and 5wt Ambush will most likely be nearer to mid point of the grain window and should cast great. If you are going for single handed Spey, my recommendation would be to go with Ambush 4wt (195 grain).

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  2. What grain would you recommend on a sage one 4wt switch rod?

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    1. I have tried the Sage ONE 4wt Switch with 350 grain Ambush and like it for Skagit. You may want to go lighter if you are doing Scandi. Anything from 300 - 350 grain is good for this rod.

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  4. what grain would you recommend for the sage one switch 5wt?

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    1. RIO's recommendation for Sage ONE Switch 5wt is 325 grain - 375 grain. I will not hesitate to use Wulff Ambush 400 grain on the Sage ONE 5116-4 because I know it is a lot stiffer compared to the 4wt.

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    2. I am assuming you are doing Skagit of course. If you are doing Scandi, you can go lighter. You can find the link to RIO's Spey line recommendation at the top right corner of my blog.

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  5. Hi and congratulations for your blog!.

    I have an Orvis Access Switch #6 and a Loomis GLX Switch. For this rods and two hand over head, which Ambush Fly Lines do you advice me?.

    Best and thanks a lot.

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    1. Thank you!
      For #6 Switch rod and two hand overhead casting, I would recommend Ambush line #7 (265 grain) + RiO 10ft versileader (60 grain) making a total for 325 grain @ 30ft

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  6. I got a 5/6 at switch that is rated for 230-270 grains for shooting head and 400-440 for 50-60ft heads. I have the ambush 7wt that I use with 10ft veesileader. Which would be a total of 325 would that be OK for a light skagit?

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    1. Hi Justin, for Skagit, you don't have include the versileader into the grain weight calculation. From the description of your rod grain window, I estimated that it will need about 270 grain to 350 grain for Skagit. Ambush 7wt is 265 grain, so I think it should be OK for light Skagit.

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  7. hello, ex blog, can you advise on which ambush line is suitable on a tcx 5119. thanks.

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    1. If you are Skagit casting, go with 350 - 400 grain (9-10 wt Ambush line). If you are Scandi casting, then go lighter... 290 grain (8wt Ambush) is OK.

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  8. Hello,
    I'm considering this line for my Sage VPS 890 for single hand spey and some overhead casting. Am I safe to assume I should be going with the 8wt Ambush if i'm using 10ft Versileader? Thanks!

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    1. If you are predominantly doing single hand spey, then I would say go with the 8wt Ambush (290 grain). The RIO 10ft Versi-leader is about 70 grain. Added together they will be 360 grain. For overhead casting, it is a little heavy and you will need to slow down and cast it like a shooting head (pick up and shoot). Alternatively, you can choose 7wt Ambush (265 grain) + 10ft versileader (70 grain) making a total of 335 grain, which should overhead cast better with your 8wt rod. 265 grain should still spey cast pretty well with your rod.

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  9. Hi there, I think you are the right guy to ask about the Ambush.
    I have a custom 6 weight 11FT switch rod with the grain window 325-425 and have custom made line in 26.5ft 348 and 27.5ft 367 for them. It was made from a 51msi Gary Anderson blank. Do you think that I could cast Ambush #6 or the #7 would be the lightest that I can go with.

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    1. If your rod lowest grain window is 325, I suggest you go with Ambush 9wt (350 grain). Ambush 8wt (290 grain) is probably the lightest I will go with that rod.

      You can certainly cast with a 7wt Ambush but may not like the feeling that it is not loading optimally.

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  10. Great review. I just got the 265 grain 7wt for my 8wt rod. Do you think I could use this same line on an 11' 8wt switch? Check out my review I did on this line.
    www.swinginpnw.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Charlie,
      Nice blog and review of the Ambush line on single hand rod. For 11' 8wt switch rod, it depends whether you are doing Skagit or Scandi. If you are doing Skagit, you should go with at least a 500 grain Ambush. You can go one or two line size down if you are doing Scandi.

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