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Old 04-19-2014, 04:45 PM
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Default T-8 to T-14 and single-handed rods

Q1. What weight and length of sinking tip do you use? ....
Q2. What brand/model/weight of line do you use? ....


... for casting big 4 to 2/0 flies to steelhead, coho, and chinook.


Would Rio OBS be a good line choice?
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Ard's suggestion looks like a home run to me so far.
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Ard's suggestion looks like a home run to me so far.

What IS Ard's suggestion?
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Streamer Line for 7wt. Sorry about that.
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Just my .02 cents ... but "T" this or that is a skip it for single hander rods. This stuff was designed for 2handers. If you need a 'sink tip' purchase an appropriate line for your single hander rod.

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Default Re: T-8 to T-14 and single-handed rods

I use all three T8-T14 in 6ft up to 18ft sections for steelhead, but these work best on two handed rods with heavy skagit heads.

You're going to have trouble casting these off a single handed rod. You're best bet with a single handed rod is to get an integrated sinking line, or use weighted flies (streamers, tubes, etc).
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Default Re: T-8 to T-14 and single-handed rods

I talked to a couple fly shops when I was up in Oregon and Fred is pretty much right on about single handed rods. They recommended that I use a long belly like a 24' 200-250 grain sink tip for your rod weight. Hope that info helps out.
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I tied up a few of "Ard's leaders" and they cast like a dream. I wind them onto old backing spools that I had saved, and they store neatly.
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I use 6' of 30 pound mono - then a 4' section of either T-11 or 17 depending on current & depth and a 2' tippet of 15 pound. Either use the braided loops from Rio or make some from 20 pound braided mono. I even carry 4' T-20 sections for deep situations.

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I use 6' of 30 pound mono - then a 4' section of either T-11 or 17 depending on current & depth and a 2' tippet of 15 pound. Either use the braided loops from Rio or make some from 20 pound braided mono. I even carry 4' T-20 sections for deep situations.

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