Although there are some short-head shooting lines available, the new Wulff Ambush line is unique. There are some of the reasons Royal Wulff developed this line: Heavy head facilitates loading at close distances
20+ ft shooting head creates a short D-loop, so lack of back cast room is not a problem
Small diameter running line and J3 coating helps it shoot
High-contrast 2tone color to easily locate load point for optimum casting
Short, heavy head will easily turn over big nymphs, bead heads, split shot, & strike indicators
Heavy head digs into the surface, slowing a downstream swing - perfect for swimming soft hackle flies accross a tailout
allows for any standard double-hand casts to be easily performed with a med-fast to fast action single-hand trout rod
Triangle Taper design means you can still shorten the front taper to wuit your casting style and fly turnover
Weights: 4 (195gr), 5 (215gr), 6 (235gr), 7 (265gr), 8 (290gr), 9 (350gr), 10 (400gr), 11 (450gr), 12 (500gr), 13 (550gr)
Color: Blue RL, Chartreuse Head
Front welded loops
The key to shooting the Ambush rollcast - strip out some running line, place the rear of the shooting head at the rod tip, and flick your wrist!
Fishing in tight quarters with very limited back cast room. The short heavy head facilitates quick loading and efficient turn over when using weighted flies, split shot and strike indicators. The short rear taper makes roll casting and shooting line easy and lends itself to the various single hand spey casts. The heavy head "digs" in the water surface, slowing the line speed, in the typical down and across presentation, making it ideal for swinging soft hackles or stripping streamers.
The short head on the Ambush line makes it the ideal fly line for switch rods. Rule of thumb when selecting a line, is to use 3 line weight sizes above the rod weight. For example, a 5wt switch rod would take an 8wt Ambush line or head. A 7wt switch rod would load well with the 10wt Ambush. If you are going to primarily overhead cast with a switch rod, then go just 2 line sizes above the rod weight(7wt Ambush on a 5wt switch rod).
If you choose to use the Scandi or underhand style of casting, select an Ambush line 3 sizes above your rod weight. Poly leaders (all densities) work exceptionally well on Ambush lines. Total length of your poly leader should be 1 to 1.5 times the length of your rod (including tippet). Poly leaders, because of their similar taper to the Ambush line, tend to increase the overall head length of the Ambush, promoting longer turnover time and increase casting distance.
Skagit style lines are made to cast large flies and heavy sink tips. The Ambush line is similar to other Skagit lines in length but have a more pronounced taper (a short Triangle Taper) which softens the way they turnover (less clunky). When selecting an Ambush line for throwing big flies and sinking tips, go 4 line sizes heavier than the rod weight. For example, for a 8wt spey rod choose an 12wt line or head. A great shooting line to use behind the Ambush head is Wulffs Tracer shooting line, which comes with an 8 inch loop for easy head changing and has a 2 foot bright orange color at the loop end, to help detect where the shooting line and head meet.