Well, Santa just gave me a Sage Z-Axis 11-foot 7-weight 4-section for Christmas . Since this is a "switch" rod, usable with one hand or two (about which I know nothing yet), was wondering what a good floating fly line would be for this rod, hopefully workable in both one and two handed modes. If there is no such animal, I guess I can always carry an extra spool for a different floating fly line for the other mode. Expect to use this primarily for trout in upper Rockies "big water" &/or windy situations, with very occasional Northwest steelhead/salmon use possible.
I hope everyone out there is having as great a Christmas as we're having!
That sounds like an interesting rod. Two lines that I can think about are the new SA Sharkskin line or the RIO Gold. The RIO Gold has a long head that should work pretty good. The head on the Sharkskin is even longer than the RIO line.
I've heard some reports (elsewhere in this Forum, among other places) that S.A.'s Sharkskin tends to make fingers sore when stripping it in a lot. Raises an interesting question about its effect on guide wear if it does that to fingers.
I haven't done any two-handed casting yet, but the Rio Gold does sound like an interesting choice. With its long head, it should load the rod pretty well whether using one hand or two, I would guess.
I have the SA Mastery Steelhead taper on my 790-4 Z. In fact, I've got that line on my 5wt. Z right now as well. I have fished both for half pounders this season and really like the line a bunch for swinging soft hackles. It mends very well and performs in windy conditions. I've thrown dries, swung soft hackles, and fished sinking leaders of various sink rates. That line seams to do it all pretty well.
Now the 7110 may be a completely different animal but I would think that it should give you good results. The Rio Grand also performed well with my Zs but i think I like the SA Steelhead a bit better. I'm interested in trying the Gold but I've got to wear a few lines out before I can justify something new.
Thanks for your report on the SA Mastery Steelhead line.
Wow, I haven't heard "Half Pounders" for a lot of years. Back in the 50's we use to fish a summer run of half pounders on the Klamuth river. I see you are in California, where are you fishing?
Hi Frank. The American is my home water. We had a very good half pounder return this fall despite a dismal salmon run (worst on record). The Klamath and the Trinity were also very hot though I didn't make it up North this year. Too much business travel.
Too bad the half pounder numbers don't seem to correlate to winter run adults. I was at the hatchery over the weekend to see what the conditions look like for the opener. I saw one adult banging up against the gate and no other activity.
I never got to fish the American or other rivers in that area. I fished the Klamuth, EEL and the Smith for Winter Steelhead and the Klamuth for the half pounders. I was living in Fresno and it was quite a ride. My father-in-law lived up north and I was fishing with him.