XS-Plus Thistledown 2


Line Weight

When first introduced in 2015, the Thistledown was something unique and new, and the #2-5 quickly became our fastest selling fly line ever. Constantly improving, we worked with the world leaders in braided line technology to replace the mono core that was originally in our lines with a superb new braided core and we are calling this new line the XS-Thistledown².

With the improved core technology, we can apply a slightly thicker outer coating, allowing the line to float higher while still having the same diameter. They last longer, but still have a profile and performance befitting its name. In casting they deliver the proverbial “Thistledown” delicacy and precision one would expect from such an elite and aptly named new fly line.

Understanding how it works is another story because when it states #2-5wt, there really is only one single line that can and does function amazingly on all weight rods, whether they be a #2, #3, #4, or #5wt! Now there is also the single #5-#7wt. line that again achieves the same. How? It comes down to simple physics and the optimum diameter and profile creates hardly any drag when casting. That means the “load weight” factor becomes less critical to casting performance and the nominated rod weight becomes less important in achieving the cast. The new and refined components for these lines, being Core, Primer and Nano-Tec coating, combine to give the thinnest, most supple, weight forward profile possible. They still weigh very little but deliver incredible stealth and accuracy at the same time. The silky-smooth finish and the thin diameter means the line speed can be maintained throughout the casting action and delivers the fly precisely where required, with minimum effort. Even across a gale force wind these lines have been used to great effect and will cut through almost any breeze with its drag coefficient being so small. Thistledown was primarily designed for river and light fishing on small stillwaters but is now a regular companion on almost any application where an angler enjoys lightweight finesse, stealth, and accuracy. For the heavier performance longer leader, heavier flies set up, associated with stillwater fishing, there is now the Thistledown² in the heavier #5-#7wt option. Both the lines are two-tone in color, Shamrock Olive head with Buckskin running line.

Bottle of Line Slick included.

 Model Description Density Color Range
WF2/5TD XS-Plus Thistledown² Floating Olive/Buckskin WF2-5
WF5/7TD XS-Plus Thistledown² Floating Olive/Buckskin WF5-7 

“I first used a Snowbee XS line many years ago on the river Teign. It was like nothing I had used before, soft, supple, totally memory free and effortless to cast the fly wherever I needed it. I then discovered there was a whole range of nearly 50 XS lines of similar superb quality. Suddenly my whole fly fishing experience become transformed…now today that technology has moved on yet again. The new Thistledown and its derivatives are quite extraordinary, making the introduction of a whole new era in Snowbee fly line technology and performance.”

– Simon Kidd, Snowbee Sales & Marketing Manager and fly fishing international.

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