Pitsford Pirate Fly Lines

Pitsford Pirate Fly Lines

These fly lines are available from a trade seller via the Flyfishing forums website.


They can now be bought via the SKB fishing website with a much expanded range.


They are manufactured for him, I believe in the UK and sold at competitive prices through the lack of packaging and “frills”.

I recently had cause to buy a set of 6 weight lines to go with my Snowbee Prestige 9ft 6# travel rod.


I purchased the following variants

  • WF6 Floating (orange)
  • WF6 Sink Tip (White /olive green tip)
  • WF6 Intermediate (light blue)
  • WF6 Neutral Density (olive green)

The two “ new” types for me are the Sink tip and the Neutral density lines. As I have suitable lines in the right weights for my other rods I have not seen fit to even unpack the floater or the Intermediate so far, but once I get more spools for my reel I will do so and report on them. For now the only one I have actually used in anger is the Sink Tip.

All the lines come with a pair of matching leader loops and a small tube of super glue- so good value. Only point to be aware of is if paying by Pay Pal you will be asked to pick up the Paypal handling charge on the transaction. Its not so onerous when you are paying roughly £15 per line for what seem to be pretty high quality items.

  • Pitsford Pirates #6 sink tip

    A sink tip (or I believe the similar purpose) Midge tip line is used where you want the characteristics of a floating line but you want your flies to fish beneath the surface. Its especially handy where you have a bit wind on the surface and they are messing up the presentation of the flies in use, the sink tip gets under the surface and will pull the flies with it.( I think perhaps a midge tip uses a clear intermediate section on the end but the purpose is much the same)

    The front section of the line- approx 4 feet, is olive coloured intermediate rated line. Its ideal for fishing lures or a steam of nymphs buzzers where you want to test various depths.

    Its worth saying (though maybe its obvious), I doubt a line like this would be any good for fishing with an indicator.

    They are supposed to be good for presenting wet flies and nymphs and small lures on rivers too.

    I used mine for fishing a team of buzzers and have to say it did the job.

    The real revelation for me with this line though was the casting- on my Scierra HM3 rod which is a 9ft 6/7# it cast as if it was made for the rod- the line simply shot out through the guides as smooth as silk and felt in terms of shooting ability like I would imagine a shooting head would feel. I don’t think its any heavier really at the tip than a conventional line- I guess it must be denser but it does not really feel any different when false casting that its loading the rod any differently than my normal 7# but the slickness of the line is very very impressive. I think with this line I am casting a good 10 feet further than I have ever cast before- that’s saying somehting for me! At the weekend I used this line to cast out and cover a fish that was a good 70feet away and was not sure if I would manage it as that’s about the outer limit of my safe casting range. (safe meaning if I get away with a double haul and don’t end up with my flies in a tan

    In the event I covered the fish twice, bang on target, with ease and in fact hooked and landed it on the second cast.


    I will report on the use of the other lines as I get round to using them, but for now I think this line could be a regular on my reel.

    Pitsford Pirates #6 WF Floating line

    I have this line in a bright almost flourescent Orange. Its a lovely line to use- like the sink tip it shoots through the guides smoothly and what I am especially impressed with is its slickness and lack of memory- it simply does not coil up round your feet or into tangles in your line hand. I seems to float nice and high and is easy to see. While it was not terribly expensive and I have little experience of dearer branded lines I have to say it feels like I would imagine a much more expensive line would feel.

    Very impressive.Excellent

    Pitsford Pirates #6 WF Intermediate line

    This line I am not so sure of, in fact I would go so far to say I am a bit disappointed in it. It cast OK ish but the sink rate is very uneven  and as a result I don’t feel it fishes all that well and it seems to have a bit more memory than the others. I have other Intermediate lines and I would not reach for this one first. The jury is very much out on this one.

    Very Average. Average

    Pitsford Pirates #6 WF Neutral Density

    This line is supposed to hang sub surface and in the words of the vendor: “The ND sinks just below subsurface and hangs unless there is a very strong undertow, the inter sinks continually at 1.5 inches per second.” This is not my experience. Either the twice I have used it I had a strong undertow or it does not behave as described. In fact to be honest my initial impression was that I though I might have mixed the Intermediate line and the ND line up. I went back and checked the bags they came in and the one I have marked as Intermediate is a Light blue colour and thats whats stated on the bag it was supplied in. The ND is an olive green- somewhat like the sink tip section of the Sink tip line. In use I find the ND sinks at a steady rate and the Intermediate seems to hang. I should really contact the vendor and recheck.

    UPDATE 2013

    I have used this line recently in fairly calm conditions with good clarity and I could see the line working. I have to say with this better understanding of how it performs I am pretty pleased with it and am “uprating” the line as a result. I would be hard pressed t say it “hangs” however but I could consider it an “ultra slow” intermediate. It reaches about a foot after nearly 30 seconds. A couple of things- it seems to be important that the entire “fished” length of the line has been well wetted otherwise it does perform oddly but once it is fully wet it is great for running a slow retreive with an unweighted fly about a foot below the surface.

    Fine Average


  • Post Script: I personally would and probably will purchase lines from PP as the lines themselves are pretty good value. However in the interests of balance you may be interested in this page I found on the Rowbank AC website. Clearly a dissatisfied customer though it does not really state why. I guess people with complaints are always going to be more vocal than those who are happy. If you have any thoughts on the matter please leave a comment. I would add I did contact PP once about my ND line and the guy was willing to help though the “tone” of his email was a little terse in my view and the problem was more bother than it was worth to pursue- needless to say I won’t be wanting any more ND lines, but intend to get maybe another Sink tip in a 7# and maybe an intermediate in an 8# if he does them.


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      April 25, 2014 @ 19:37

      The PP does not like criticism, Best to buy from his new retailer if you want to talk to the “seller” in rare case of a problem. You do know that the retailer is obliged to replace faulty goods or refund you. Toft Newton resident specialist , Andy Hutson gives the PP ND line a very good name and his opinion is good enough for me.


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