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XS-Plus Thistledown²-fly line-Snowbee USA
XS-Plus Thistledown²-fly line-Snowbee USA
XS-Plus Thistledown²-fly line-Snowbee USA
XS-Plus Thistledown²-fly line-Snowbee USA
XS-Plus Thistledown²-fly line-Snowbee USA

XS-Plus Thistledown²

Regular price $79.99 $59.99 Sale

Multi-time winner of Best New Fly Line award at the EFTTEX show in Europe, the revolutionary XS-Plus Thistledown2 fly line is one line for multiple fishing applications.

Have you ever found yourself needing to fish ultralight and close to the bank in the morning, only to have to cast to the middle of the lake during the noon time? The Thistledown2 fly line allows anglers the flexibility to fishing under different circumstances, without having to change your line, reel or rod. If you're carrying two different rods, you won't need two reels with two different lines. One reel, one line, one rod, multiple applications. 

Yes, the XS-Plus Thistledown2 fly line doesn’t come in designated line weights, but line weight ranges! The #2-5wt line works on rod weights #2, #3, #4, and #5 and the #5-7wt works on rod weights #5, #6, and #7! 

Primarily designed for streams, rivers, and light fishing on small still waters, the XS-Plus Thistledown2 line has now become a regular companion in almost any application where an angler enjoys lightweight finesse, stealth, and accuracy. Our new Nano Coating Technology featured on this line has enabled us to produce the softest, most supple, best casting, and longest lasting fly lines in our history. Improvements in braided core technology allow us to apply a slightly thicker outer Nano coating, allowing the line to float higher, all while still retaining the same diameter. The importance of retaining the slim diameter was critical, as the line is designed to have the optimum diameter and profile that creates hardly any drag when casting. This is what makes the Thistledown2 special, as the “load weight” factor becomes less critical for casting performance and the nominated rod weight becomes less important in achieving a cast.

Silky-smooth finish and thin diameter mean the line speed can be maintained throughout the casting action and the line delivers the fly precisely where required, with minimum effort. The XS-Plus Thistledown2 has zero memory issues, and with both ends pre-looped with welded micro-loops, it’s ready to go straight from the box.

Both the lines are two-tone in color, Shamrock Olive head with Buckskin running line.

Bottle of Line Slick included.

Features:

  • Core, Primer and Nano-Tec coating combine to the thinnest, most supple, weight forward profile possible.
  • Available in 2-5wf and 5-7wt versions.
  • 2-5wt version can be used on 1wt rods with great accuracy
  • Optimum diameter and profile creates hardly any drag when casting

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Attention; William Lin

Thank you for the quick response shipping me the fly line I ordered while at the Pleasanton fly show.

Upon receiving it I, of course, spooled it up right away. The line is your Showbee XS plus WF#2-#5 line.. I loaded it onto my TFO custom made & balanced #6 wt fly rod. Now I must mention that this rod actually works better with a heavy 5 wt line over a normal 6 wt line. On the positive side, Snowbee's line cast much easier than the line I am currently using & with less effort.

When we spoke, there in Pleasanton, I tried to outline our method of fishing in order to make the best line selection. Let me go over it again in order for my (hopefully) constructive feedback to have any meaning. I fish the Lower Sacramento River (for trout) here in northern California and it is predominately nymph fishing with indicators. The rig consist of an indicator where the fly line and leader meet, 8-9 feet of leader to the split shot and another 6 feet of tippet on which are attached 2 - 3 nymph flies (we are casting a 12 to 16 foot set up). This is a long rig and you need a good head on your line to turn it over.
As we spoke you were certain that the XS Plus line would best meet the needs. After fishing 5 hours on Sat. I can tell you that the line is just barely up to the job. It just does not have a large (heavy) enough head to turn the rig over other that at short distances. On a cast as long as the head the rig just looses all it energy and to tell you the truth it was a struggle. Unfortunately it just did not load the rod enough.
I hope I was able to communicate this in the way it was meant. I retired 4 years ago from over 40 years in sales and found my customers were a valuable source of product knowledge and therefore I hope this feedback will be of value in the future.

Stanley Thomas, mustachestan1@gmail.com
Attention; William Lin

Thank you for the quick response shipping me the fly line I ordered while at the Pleasanton fly show.

Upon receiving it I, of course, spooled it up right away. The line is your Showbee XS plus WF#2-#5 line.. I loaded it onto my TFO custom made & balanced #6 wt fly rod. Now I must mention that this rod actually works better with a heavy 5 wt line over a normal 6 wt line. On the positive side, Snowbee's line cast much easier than the line I am currently using & with less effort.

When we spoke, there in Pleasanton, I tried to outline our method of fishing in order to make the best line selection. Let me go over it again in order for my (hopefully) constructive feedback to have any meaning. I fish the Lower Sacramento River (for trout) here in northern California and it is predominately nymph fishing with indicators. The rig consist of an indicator where the fly line and leader meet, 8-9 feet of leader to the split shot and another 6 feet of tippet on which are attached 2 - 3 nymph flies (we are casting a 12 to 16 foot set up). This is a long rig and you need a good head on your line to turn it over.
As we spoke you were certain that the XS Plus line would best meet the needs. After fishing 5 hours on Sat. I can tell you that the line is just barely up to the job. It just does not have a large (heavy) enough head to turn the rig over other that at short distances. On a cast as long as the head the rig just looses all it energy and to tell you the truth it was a struggle. Unfortunately it just did not load the rod enough.
I hope I was able to communicate this in the way it was meant. I retired 4 years ago from over 40 years in sales and found my customers were a valuable source of product knowledge and therefore I hope this feedback will be of value in the future.

Stanley Thomas, mustachestan1@gmail.com

J
J.R.

Great fly line - responsive in virtually all conditions.

C
C.
The Only Line I Will Buy

I own 2 lines and fish for MOST freshwater species. These lines can throw delicate bugs, and streamers too! I own both the smaller and larger line sizes, and they do the job (every job) I have for freshwater fish! Killer cool line!